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Windows 7: (Re-) Activate, or Flatten and Re-install?

24 Sep 2014   #31
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It could be that your useragentstring is corrupted.... I'll research that.


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24 Sep 2014   #32
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Geekasaurus View Post
This is what I don't understand. The version that I purchased, and am trying to activate, is the normal, retail version of Windows 7. The version I installed at the beginning, and the one I am trying to validate, is the normal retail version of Windows Home Premium 64 Bit.

However, when I look at the key under Start-->Computer-->Properties, it shows this product key: 00359-OEM-8703917-84XXX

I have NO idea how this product key appeared. Its possible that this is the result of some sort of virus but Google can't find it. Malwarebytes and ZA virus scan do not detect anything either.

I understand the differences between OEM and retail versions of the software. I purchased, and am trying to validate the retail version. It won't let me.
That is not the Key, it is the Product ID which is another reference number which can be used by MS to sort the OS's legitimacy. The OEM in the string means it is either Factory OEM or Retail OEM. Did you buy an OEM retail copy of Win7 (the only one that's sold now), Upgrade or Full retail versions? Those are the three retail choices.

If you are using the Product Key on the COA sticker that came with the packaging, and are certain you installed the correct version (check again in Properties) then it should activate. What most often happens is that a character is typed wrong - a B can look like an 8, etc.
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25 Sep 2014   #33
Geekasaurus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I double-checked

The key. I never removed the sticker from the CD box to place on the power supply or case. I kept it on the sticker. The case is identified with the host name. I used a magnifying glass to confirm every character of the COA key. I have typed it exactly as it is on the certificate. I even saved it off into a notepad .txt file so that I will not make any further typing mistakes.

The error I am getting is not one that indicates its an invalid key. I am getting permissions errors across the board.

I put some graphics of the errors I am getting earlier in this thread.

Each day I am getting closer and closer to nuking this thing and re-installing from scratch. I just have no assurance that will activate either. It just continues to underscore the poor opinion I have of Microsoft products.

I paid $99 for Red Hat 7, and have yet to have a problem with it. The $99 I paid for Windows 7 has just been one problem after another after another after another and another.
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25 Sep 2014   #34
gregrocker

 

Noel will help you sort this out.

Where did you buy Win7?
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25 Sep 2014   #35
Geekasaurus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Win 7

I have 3 copies of Win 7, all purchased from Newegg. i have the receipts. I've only tried to install one of them.
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25 Sep 2014   #36
gregrocker

 

OK then it's almost certainly corruption that's affecting permissions. If anyone can sort this out it's Noel. If not then you'll know it was not possible without doing a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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26 Sep 2014   #37
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

I'll need a new link to the dropbox - the earlier one no longer works.

It sounds as if your UserAgentString may be corrupted. - please go to UserAgentString.com - Netscape version 4.0 and copy the string displayed to your response.
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