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Windows 7: Installing Win7 Retail with OEM Key


01 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 on laptop, x86 on desktop
 
 
Installing Win7 Retail with OEM Key

Hello,

I have an Acer laptop that had 7 Home Premium x64 pre-installed. I got a nasty virus, so decided to restore my PC from it's hidden recovery partition(press F9 during bootup), and the partition was corrupted, so I had a bricked PC. I borrowed a retail Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade from a friend, used the product key on the sticker, and it did not work, so it went into "non genuine" mode. Acer is asking $20 for recovery media. Is this my only option?

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02 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 profesional
 
 

No not necessarily. First, are you sure you entered in the product key correctly. Secondly, did you wait until you had no days left remaining on your trial before you entered your product key? Right after installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 you should enter in the product key right away.
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02 Jan 2012   #3

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

yours is not a upgrade so it want work. you need a full retail version. i read somewhere on this site that you can download a legit full version but not sure where it was. maybe someone can recall it for you.


scrooge
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02 Jan 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

If you installed the same version as on the COA sticker then it will activate. However it may require doing the quick robocall to exchange a series of numbers which update your hardware signature in MS Activation Servers.

Make sure you also have input the correct characters as it is very easy to transpose some.

Then if it won't activate online choose Telephone Activation.
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02 Jan 2012   #5

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information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer


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05 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 on laptop, x86 on desktop
 
 
Thanks

Thanks everyone!
Scrooge (and gregrocker), it turns out that you were right, I mis-typed the product key(the sticker was a bit worn out), it is working now.
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05 Jan 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Be sure to back up the key before it becomes unreadable.
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05 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 on laptop, x86 on desktop
 
 

Good advice. I did that
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05 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 on laptop, x86 on desktop
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Be sure to back up the key before it becomes unreadable.
Good advice. I havd done that.
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