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Windows 7: Clean install via Seven Forums tutorial error when activating

03 Apr 2012   #1
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
Clean install via Seven Forums tutorial error when activating

Followed the tutorial on a clean isntall via an upgrade disk but I can not get activation to clear as in the attached screen shot ?

This is an upgrade dvd...liscensed and original...and I successfully installed this on this system priviously. I changed the motherboard and now I'm getting the activation eror ?

Any suggestions on what to do ?

Thanks....TRinAZ




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03 Apr 2012   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz View Post
Followed the tutorial on a clean isntall via an upgrade disk but I can not get activation to clear as in the attached screen shot ?

This is an upgrade dvd...liscensed and original...and I successfully installed this on this system priviously. I changed the motherboard and now I'm getting the activation eror ?

Any suggestions on what to do ?

Thanks....TRinAZ
Use Option 3 or 4 in the tutorial. Option 4 (the double install) is easiest, although it takes longer.

Or, you could do it the way Microsoft intends: install the older qualifying OS first, and then update it. (You need one licensed older OS per Win7 upgrade license, if you wish to comply with the End User Licnense Agreement.)
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03 Apr 2012   #3
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

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Use Option 3 or 4 in the tutorial. Option 4 (the double install) is easiest, although it takes longer.
It appears I made my goof by formating the drive prior to Windows re-install...appaerntly this wipes activation records.

Now...before I hit the activation error...I had installed most of the basic Win 7 programs...ie...Office...Printer...AV/Firewall and various utilities.

I also have a full backup of the system now (after reinstalling with upgrade DVD)...can I do the following....with sucess...before trying re-installing XP Pro and updating with the Win 7 Pro upgrade DVD:

1) reformat main drive
2) re-image the newly installation of Win 7 with a current Acronis tib file
3) use the Win 7 Pro 32bit upgrade DVD tore-install a clean windows with the Motherboard changes ?

Will this work to get around the activation error

Thanks
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03 Apr 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

It couldn't be more clear in the tutorial what to do if you get that error:

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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.


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