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Windows 7: Invalid Product Key when installing on new SSD

29 Mar 2012   #11
WaffleMuffin

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

What do I do after I complete the "Clean Install with a Upgrade Windoes 7 Version"? I tried entering the product key after that and it didnt work.

I tried doing the System Restore Point, but that didnt seem to do anything?

Then I tried calling, and they said I would have to install Vista first and then install Win 7? I dont have the Vista disk or the product key for it since it's 5 years old and I didnt keep good records like that back then. They tried transferring to Customer Service, but that was taking for ever and it's late, so I hung up.


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29 Mar 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

If there is any OS on the HD the installer will see it at boot and allow use of Upgrade version key during install. If none then it requires doing one of the two workarounds given in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version tutorial. Which one did you do?

Easiest is this one:

Quote:
OPTION THREE
Clean Install with a Registry Workaround for Error Code 0xc004f061


Note
If you get a activation error code 0xc004f061 while doing OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO above, then you will need to use this option instead documented by Paul Thurrott's Supersite Blog: Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media.


1. Do a clean install of your upgrade Windows 7 at boot without checking the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box during the installation process.
NOTE: If you already did this from OPTION ONE above and got a activation error, then skip this step and just proceed to step 2 below instead. There's no need to reinstall again.

2. Ensure that there are no Windows Updates pending that would require a system reboot to finish installing. (You'll see an orange shield icon next to Shutdown in the Start Menu if this is the case). If there are, then restart the computer to let them finish installing before proceeding to step 3 below.

3. Click on the Download button below to download the MediaBootInstall.reg file, and save it to your desktop.

4. Double click on the downloaded MediaBootInstall.reg file to merge it, then approve the merge.
NOTE: This will change the MediaBootInstall value from 1 to 0 at the registry location below automatically for you.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE


5. Open a elevated command prompt.

6. In the elevated command prompt, type slmgr -rearm and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

7. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)

8. Close the elevated command prompt, and restart the computer.

9. When the computer is finished restarting, then manually activate Windows 7 with your product key number.
Quote: Originally Posted by Pual Thurrott
The method described above should work for just about anyone, with the understanding that any pending Windows Updates could screw things up. If that happens, just shut down, restart, rerun the command line sequence (steps 5 to 8), and retry activation.
If activation doesn't work then the main cause is inputting incorrect digits. Triple check what you type before sending it.

If that fails try phone Activation using the link I gave earlier.
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29 Mar 2012   #13
WaffleMuffin

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I tried both, but I could not get to step 4 in the second option. Where is that window?

I tried calling, but tech support had told me that I needed unistall Win 7, install Vista, then upgrade to WIN 7. I just found the product key for Vista. Is there some where I can down the ISO file of Vista 64-bit? I dont mind doing the work if it means i dont have to talk to tech support again.
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29 Mar 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

There is no reason to install Vista.

To check that the Reg file you downloaded and Merged as instructed changed the Registry value correctly, type Regedit in Start Search box, rightclick on result given to Run As Administrator, browse to the path shown on the bottom of the Window in step 4 after clicking to enlarge it.

Once you verify the Registry Edit was made, you'll need to run the Elevated command in Step 5 and then you can Activate at Computer>Properties link.
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02 Apr 2012   #15
WaffleMuffin

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

OK, so the instructions above do work. Thanks for the tip for checking the Reg file.
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