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Windows 7: Deactivating Windows?

17 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Deactivating Windows?

I'm migrating from VMware to VirtualBox for my virtual Windows needs. I'm in the process of reinstalling Windows.

I got this Dutch error during install:



This translates roughly to "The product code does not match the current Windows version". I assume this is because my VMware install is relatively recent, so I can't reuse my product key in VirtualBox yet. Can I deactivate my VMware Windows install so that I can reuse the key?


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17 Mar 2011   #2

7x64 SP1
 
 

Make sure you're using the right key, as that message would only show up if you tried to say, use a Professional key in an Ultimate install or other similar scenarios. If the key can't be re-activated yet, it'd simply give you an activation failed message when you tried to Activate.
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17 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry but I don't think so. De-Activating windows is not an option. The only way to move a copy of windows to another environment/equipment is via microsoft and then if you had a catastrophic failure of your hard disk. MS does have a heart in these cases.

And as Stormkitty replied, you might have an incorrect key code which works on a different version that you installed.

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17 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

I would assume different hardware is being seen. As a rule of thumb, a retail key can be moved as long as it is used on a single computer (real/virtual) at a time, so you should be OK if you remove the vmware bit and use the product key (you should have a retail key) on the virtualbox. In case of issues, phone activation can be used. For specifics about the virtual parts, post this question in the Virtualization sub-forum.
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17 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stormkitty View Post
Make sure you're using the right key, as that message would only show up if you tried to say, use a Professional key in an Ultimate install or other similar scenarios. If the key can't be re-activated yet, it'd simply give you an activation failed message when you tried to Activate.
I have a legitimately obtained Ultimate install disc and I wanted to use a Home Premium key, but I read somewhere that all Windows 7 install discs are the same (except for the architecture) so I figured it was fine. Are you sure?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
The only way to move a copy of windows to another environment/equipment is via microsoft and then if you had a catastrophic failure of your hard disk. MS does have a heart in these cases.
So I'm stuck with VMware?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
As a rule of thumb, a retail key can be moved as long as it is used on a single computer (real/virtual) at a time, so you should be OK if you remove the vmware bit and use the product key (you should have a retail key) on the virtualbox.
Wouldn't that require Microsoft to be able to detect that I deleted the VMware hard disk?
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17 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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Wouldn't that require Microsoft to be able to detect that I deleted the VMware hard disk?
Removal of an OS by formatting the hard disk or otherwise overwriting is a local event, theres no corresponding reset of activation data in the MS servers till you activate a new install. If your key is retail, its fine to transfer it another physical/virtual install as long as its used on only one PC at a time.

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I have a legitimately obtained Ultimate install disc and I wanted to use a Home Premium key, but I read somewhere that all Windows 7 install discs are the same (except for the architecture) so I figured it was fine. Are you sure?
Product keys are edition specific so no, a home premium key cant be used to activate an Ultimate install if thats what you are trying to do. But Windows 7 install disks are same in the sense that all disks contain all images, if you have an Ultimate disk you can turn it into a universal installer this way.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Then just install home premium and activate with the home premium key.
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17 Mar 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Extract the Ultimate ISO using ImgBurn, run the ei.cfg removal tool on it, burn an all-versions DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.

ImgBurn - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
ei.cfg removal tool to unlock all versions in ISO
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17 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


A product activation key can be deactivated in a Windows 7 OS if you like, run this command in an elevated command window and hit the <enter> key.

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Deactivating Windows?-uninstallkey.jpg


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17 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello.


A product activation key can be deactivated in a Windows 7 OS if you like, run this command in an elevated command window and hit the <enter> key.

click to enlarge
Attachment 144039
That deactivates Windows on the machine, but doesn't do anything as regards the Microsoft activation servers. Right?
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17 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello.


A product activation key can be deactivated in a Windows 7 OS if you like, run this command in an elevated command window and hit the <enter> key.
click to enlarge
Attachment 144039
That deactivates Windows on the machine, but doesn't do anything as regards the Microsoft activation servers. Right?
That's a good question though if it's not activated, when the OS boots it would 'show' that to the MS servers wouldn't it; I'm now curious myself?
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