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Windows 7: Invalid Product Key when installing on new SSD

29 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Invalid Product Key when installing on new SSD

I switching from HDs from the 3.5 HD OEM to a 2.5 SSD. I had recently installed WIN 7 a little over a month ago on the OEM HD with the product key that was re-emailed to me from Microsoft. I am now trying to use that same product key on the new SSD, but it says that my product key invalid. What do I need to do? I'm working on this now, help is very needed right now. Thanks.

The orginal OEM HD had vista on it, upgrade to WIN 7 a year ago, and then the reinstall a month ago with product key that was re-emailed to me.

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29 Mar 2012   #2

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I had the same happen on my new build last week. I just used the phone dial in service easy peasey. You just follow the prompts.
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29 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks, what number did you call? Is a 24 hour hotline? I would like to get this done tonight? Thats what I was think I might have to do.
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29 Mar 2012   #4

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Yup--the computer prompted me and I am sure it was late evening when I did it. I dont know number off hand...
Oh here are the instructions : Activate Windows 7 on this computer

Phone instructions down page a ways...
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29 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Is there a difference between product keys for WIN 7 upgrade and WIN 7 new install? Looks like I have 30 days to figure out the product key also.
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29 Mar 2012   #6

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I thought you said you had an emailed product key.. ? Use that. If the phone system won't activate it wait for an operator.
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29 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I do have a product key that emailed to me. I already used that for once for the OEM HD when reinstalled WIN 7. I'm trying to install WIN 7 with the same product key on my new SSD that will be my new OS HD.
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29 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Can someone please post the phone number to call to activate my product key. I do not have the that option listed on my activation window as seen here, How to contact a Microsoft Product Activation Center by phone

My 2010 Office product key is not working also. HELP!
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29 Mar 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's Upgrade version then you have to do a quick workaround to activate Windows 7 upgrade version on a new or wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Easiest is registry edit. Set a System Restore Point first.

This is made available by MS so that users don't have to reinstall the qualifying OS first to reinstall Windows 7, or if HD replacement is required.

You can migrate retail Windows 7 as often as you want for the life of the OS.

How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide
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29 Mar 2012   #10

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Hmm on my new system build I used an upgrade disc and did not have to do any work around except to use the phone activation panel that the op says he can't see..... Then again maybe I did as I did a clean install....
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