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Windows 7: No product key needed ??


28 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
No product key needed ??

Hi all

I have just done a clean install from vista to win 7 using a upgrade version of win 7 hp, following the tutorial off this site, but when doing the install it didn't ask me for the product key or if i wanted to activate win 7, any one else had this happen, do i need to do anything. When i look at system page it shows a product key that doesn't match the one in the box & there is a button that asks if i want to change the product key, it also states i have 30 days to activate win 7.

Thanks Steve 208


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28 Oct 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steve208 View Post
Hi all

I have just done a clean install from vista to win 7 using a upgrade version of win 7 hp, following the tutorial off this site, but when doing the install it didn't ask me for the product key or if i wanted to activate win 7, any one else had this happen, do i need to do anything. When i look at system page it shows a product key that doesn't match the one in the box & there is a button that asks if i want to change the product key, it also states i have 30 days to activate win 7.

Thanks Steve 208
If you do not activate in 30 days and do not get an extension of time, you can get 2 30 days extensions, you will be shut out of windows every 2 hours, until you activate. It is simple, just activate online, it takes about 5 minutes. Then you will be all set.
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28 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Hello Steve, what you are mistaking as a product key on the system page, is actually a Product ID which is completely different.

I suggest just entering the product key you have in the box, activate it, and enjoy Windows 7.
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28 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi

It does says product id then long number, then it says "change product key" which you can click on. Why do i need a product key if it hasn't asked me for one during install.

Thanks
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28 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Whether they ask or not, if you do not activate with a product key, they will not send updates and cut your service off after 30 days at worst, or 120 days at best.
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28 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Whether they ask or not, if you do not activate with a product key, they will not send updates and cut your service off after 30 days at worst, or 120 days at best.
He is correct, whats the problem using your product key? I see very little reason not to.

Whats the point of having the product key and not using it anyways?
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28 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The reason why it did not ask a product key because you performed a clean install using an upgrade DVD. Ideally with the upgrade it will detect an original Windows Vista installed prior to the upgrade and will use that for authentication.

A clean install removes anything on your hard drive before Windows 7 installs on it. Therefore it would require Authentication.
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28 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I don't have a problem using my product key, i posted the query cause i thought you had to input the key during installation & when it didn't ask for one i wondered if this was normal.
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