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Windows 7: Win7 32-bit Ultimate Clean Install Urgent - Product Key Not Recognized

09 Nov 2014   #1
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
Win7 32-bit Ultimate Clean Install Urgent - Product Key Not Recognized

Hello All,

I have utilized the following tutorial for my installation effort:
Clean Install Windows 7

Hardware is an ASUS Eee PC 1000H w/2GB and a new Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD. This has been on the money but, Windows does not like the product key I enter for my DVD. I have re-entered the number correctly several times. What gives?

How do I get around this?



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09 Nov 2014   #2
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

My oversight...I decided to activate after installation. As soon as I deleted the product key from its entry field and pressed "Next" I was on my way. I am currently at the Desktop and both the Wireless service and LAN function properly!

Many thanks SevenForums!
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10 Nov 2014   #3
gregrocker

 

Looks like you got the wrong tutorial for a Clean Reinstall Windows 7
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10 Nov 2014   #4
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Greg,

Your tutorial is more thorough but, the one I used did the job. I will read through yours ,print it and keep working with it.
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10 Nov 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

Understood Rick. The only reason I offered it is because it has information about activation and is written specifically for factory OEM reinstalls - pitfalls, must-remembers, tools and methods which work best.
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01 Dec 2014   #6
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Now I am really unhappy...Invalid Product Key error (0xC004F061) claiming I can only use it as an upgrade disc and not as the clean install I performed. I did not purchase an upgrade disc...WTF!

Any advice? Yes, I already eMailed the staff I purchased this disc from.


Rick
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01 Dec 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What key are you trying to use ?

The one off your COA ?
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01 Dec 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

Do the quick registry workaround Option Three in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version which enables activating Upgrade version on a new or wiped HD where the installer does not see a previous OS during install.
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02 Dec 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

RickV Help a poor lost soul like me to understand.

Your laptop came with Windows XP and you wanted to do a Clean Install of Windows 7.
You bought a Windows 7 DVD and did a Clean install using Brinks tutorial.
Now it is telling you that your DVD can only be used as a Upgrade.

You can not do a upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Where did you buy your Windows 7 DVD and was it a oem or retail version?
Does the DVD state it's a Upgrade?
Did it come with a COA sticker like that posted by AddRAM in post #7?

Putting all this together it seem to me you did a Clean Install with the disc you bought but you only got a COA key for a Upgrade therefore it will not activate.

I would suggest doing this tutorial by Brink. It could give some information on what the problem is.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions



Greg please correct me if I have post something incorrect.
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02 Dec 2014   #10
RickV

Win7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

My COA sticker is a spartan yellow, features a key symbol, the 25 digit number and a UPC code. I pulled the disc out last evening and the text side of the disc does state it is for a 32-bit x86 Upgrade: Pre-existing OS License Required. This is inconsistent with the discussion I had with our software clearinghouse staff regarding what I was going to do to my netbook so, I have to conclude they did not listen adequately.

I purchased the OS at the university I work at and informed them what I was doing so, this is their error and mine for not reading the disc face labeling after I picked it up from them. I sent them a stern eMail last evening and my live discussion with them today will not feature a different theme.

I will check back here after I discuss this with our IT department.

Thanks for your suggestions.


Rick
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