Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Product key invalid, apparently...

15 Aug 2011   #1
bokiboss

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 
Product key invalid, apparently...

I was left with no other option than the fresh installation of W7 Pro x64.
It is on laptop SONY VAIO VPCEB1E9E.
I have downloaded copy of windows 7 from some of the direct links. No problem, 3GB.
After creating bootable DVD instalation went smoothly. Right now I am updateing W7 and it is going so far so fine. But apparently my product key is not valid.
When you go to the Control Panel/System and then at the bottom it says under the Windows activation 3 days until automatic activation.
Well I have got little bit supprised. I have sticker at the back of the laptop with right key but that key is not valid anymore?
Any idea... please.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 Aug 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Are you sure you downloaded Windows 7 Pro x64 & not Home Pre?

How to make Sony Recovery Disks:
View Document

How to use Sony Recovery:
View Document
How to use Sony Hardware Diagostics:
View Document
How to order Sony Recovery disks:
1.Go to http://servicesales.sel.sony.com.
2.Enter your computer's model number (for example, PCV-XXXX), and click List Parts and accessories.
3.Follow the online instructions to order the Recovery Media Kit.
If you are not able to access the Sony Direct Accessories and Parts Center Web site, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-488-7669.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #3
bokiboss

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Right I have SONY recovery DVDs (two). To be honest I thought it would be better to the reinstall from fresh copy, and also I wanted to have just W7 Pro x64.
Copy of windows is definatelly Pro x64. I have checked that as well.
Do you think I should start from the begining but this time with SONY recovery disk?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Aug 2011   #4
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Hello bokiboss.

Quote:
If you're unable to enter a product key without getting an error message, you can leave the box empty and click Next, or you can click Skip. This will allow you to finish setup, but your copy of Windows 7 won't be activated. You must activate Windows within 30 days of installation. For information about activating Windows 7 after setup, see Activate Windows 7 on this computer and Activating Windows 7: frequently asked questions.

The product key won't be valid if you're running a non-genuine copy of Windows. For more information, see What is genuine Windows?


Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key



Quote:

If Activation Failed
A) If you got an activation error code, then look it up at the link below to see what it means.
Activation Error Codes
B) You may need to try and activate by phone instead.


Activate Windows 7 Online

Activate Windows 7 by Phone


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have you actually tried to activate it?

If it fails, you can try this method to use the automated activation procedure.

Click Start and type slui.exe 4 in the Search field then press Enter to open the Activation Wizard.

Scroll down the drop-down list to choose your region and click Next.

Call the toll-free number and follow the automated instructions to enter your Installation ID (you'll need a touch-tone telephone for this).

You'll be given confirmation that your Installation ID was accepted and will then be given your Activation ID, which will need to be entered into the Activation ID boxes.

I always write them down first, and then type them into the appropriate box. If all goes to plan your copy of Windows should activate when you click Next.

However, you should remember that Microsoft are not obliged to offer support for OEM software. That responsibility, in your case, rests with Sony.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

When it states that your Key is not valid, it should provide you with a telephone number for phone activation / validation, this is not unusual with the keys provided for OEM copies of windows when used with retail disks'

Technically Sony are responsible for the licence on this system but normally if you phone the number given, wait for the option to speak to an agent, and explain fully what has happened, the Microsoft Technician will authorise and activate your copy.

If you have any issues you should contact Sony or your direct supplier
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #7
bokiboss

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Thanks I think that is the way out.
To be honest I thought it would be possible without calling them but I think it would be the to give them call and explain situation.
I'll post back after the phne call (I hope positive post).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #8
bokiboss

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Yes I have tried to activate my copy of windows and it said it is invalid key.
I see and try your suggestion as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

Try typing the key in again. It is easy to type it in incorrectly.

It should activate if the correct version is used and key inputted correctly, or activate by phone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Product key invalid, apparently...




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
New product key to replace invalid product key
Just discovered that the Win 7 Professional Retail Version I purchased, downloaded & installed has a bogus product key. I've since ordered a genuine Win 7 copy. When it arrives, can I just enter the new product key into the existing system without reinstalling Win 7 again, following the "change...
Windows Updates & Activation
Product key invalid!
I have installed fresh W7 Pro x64, and Office 2007 Small Business Edition SBE. Every time I try to type my Product key (which I have checked several times and it is correct) I got message saying that my key is invalid. To be honest I am not entierly sure whether I should call Microsoft and...
Microsoft Office
please help. Product key invalid
Hello. so i did a Fresh install about 5 months ago and bare foot kid helped me alot. i just got a new 300gb raptor HD and i'm installing windows 7 from an upgrade version of windows 7 ultimate. i am following this guide for Clean install from upgrade version that i followed last time. i am...
Windows Updates & Activation
Invalid Product Key?!
I recently installed 64-bit Windows 7 on my desktop computer, but despite activating it and getting an activation e-mail from Microsoft, it keeps telling me Windows isn't activated and I have 11 days to activate it. It tells me my product key is wrong but I've typed it multiple times and I can't...
Installation & Setup
Invalid product key
Just under a month ago I upgraded MB, CPU, memory etc., and bought a Win7 oem. When I installed it accepted my product key and all was fine until last evening when I was faced with a window stating that hardware had changed and I need to re-activate and now it doesn't accept my product key. All I...
Windows Updates & Activation
Product Key invalid???
I just ordered 7 for my Acer Aspire 4530 when it asks for a product key it says the key is invalid :mad: I checked it at least 6-7 times and its typed right. Do I need to buy a new product key? If so how much? If not how do I get the product key working. note: I tried clicking the automatic...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:12.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App