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Windows 7: windows 7 starter product key help

13 Mar 2013   #1
mousey91

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windows 7 starter product key help

Hi all, (Forgive me if ive posted this in the wrong section.)

Basically ive got a hp mini 110 and it got stuck in a loop a while back I managed to get it working again but now im stuck with another problem.

When installing windows 7 again I cant put the product key in as the sticker on the bottom has become warn and some letters/numbers are not recognizable, ive contacted hp and they are refusing to help me and I don't fancy paying to get a replacement key from Microsoft.

ive check the box the netbook came in and theres no product key on there or any of the documents so is there any other way I can retrieve my product key?

if not what happens when I go past the 30day activation period?

thanks in advance and sorry for the bad grammar.


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13 Mar 2013   #2
theog

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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?


You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP Support
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13 Mar 2013   #3
mousey91

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
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?


You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-Language Selector | HP Support
no as I don't have a external dvd drive or a usb with enough memory on to create one on a bootable usb
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13 Mar 2013   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Then how did you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

Your only options are to use phone activation and hope they will activate it with the information you do have. How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide,

or order the factory recovery media. You'll need to borrow an external DVD drive or large enough flash stick.
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13 Mar 2013   #5
mousey91

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then how did you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

Your only options are to use phone activation and hope they will activate it with the information you do have. How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide,

or order the factory recovery media. You'll need to borrow an external DVD drive or large enough flash stick.
my sisters boyfriend did it me somehow but he was having trouble with the product key aswel and he tried phone activation and they refused to help
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13 Mar 2013   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Is the recovery partition still on the HD? Look in Disk Mgmt to see.

If so try to run it now using HP System Recovery.

If it won't run we can help you mount it to run from Windows or a boot disk. Unhide hidden and system files in Explorer Folder Options to post back a screenshot of Recovery Partition contents showing all files, using the Snipping Tool to snip the window. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums
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14 Mar 2013   #7
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

The original install would have been an OEM-SLP install that activated against the SLIC BIOS table. The code on the COA sticker would not have been used. HP recovery media will activate the same way. Regular off of the shelf OEM media won't activate via SLP so it asks for a product code. That's when you use the one on the COA sticker. You may be able to find the recovery media on a Bit Torrent site, however there is a risk that it may have been tampered with. You would be better off buying if from HP. The other option, as mentioned, is to try and resurrect the recovery partition if it still exists on the hard drive and do a factory restore.
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