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Windows 7: How do I reinstall windows 7 on a volume-licensed machine?

10 May 2015   #1
rooshio

64 windows 7 professional
 
 
How do I reinstall windows 7 on a volume-licensed machine?

Hey all,

I'm trying to reinstall windows on a desktop computer. I purchased it (used) from a company who was upgrading their desktops and didn't need the old ones. They did a fresh install of windows, and everything was clean (no bloatware or anything) when I received it.

I've since been infected with malware I can't get rid of, so I'm trying to reinstall windows. But the problem is that I don't have a windows activation code. I've tried using tools like magicjellybean to extract it from the registry, but these programs only return a key of BBBB-BBBB-BBBB-BBBB. Other forums suggest this is because windows was licensed with a volume key.

I've poked around online, but haven't found anything useful for my situation. Any suggestions on how to reinstall and activate windows 7 given my situation?

TIA!


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10 May 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Just install and run MBAM to get rid of the malware.

Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software

If there`s no COA with a readable activation key, then you`ll have to buy windows.

Operating Systems, Microsoft Windows - Newegg.com

Find a reputable computer parts website that`s ships to your area.

And don`t use Ebay.

You could always install Windows 10 Technical Preview right now for free.

Download Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO - Microsoft Windows

COA


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11 May 2015   #3
rooshio

64 windows 7 professional
 
 

I'd prefer not to have to pay for it. Is there no way to reset a properly-licensed machine without entering the activation code?

Edit: My real goal is to clean my machine--not necessarily reinstall windows. So in other words, is there any way of effectively resetting everything about the computer except the activation? unfortunately, my restore points don't work for some reason.
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11 May 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There`s no way to reset it without a recovery partition, and there probably isn`t one.

I told you how to get rid of the malware.

If they did a clean install, then what is there to cleanup ?

If there are programs and data on it they you put on there and now don`t want, uninstall the programs and delete the data.
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12 May 2015   #5
gregrocker

 

You would need to contact the licensing organization which owns those keys as they are legally not allowed to give them away but must keep track of them within their company or organization. If you are entitled to use one then they'd have to reapply it for you. If they clean reinstalled the PC for you and used one of their keys then you seem to be included. But you must ask and work with them. This is how VLK's work properly and is not debatable here. Trying to work around that for reinstall is technically piracy which we will not support at all, so don't ask.

Download, install, decline trial version and run full scans with free Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, ESET online scanners. Then if it finds heavy infection (trojans or rootkits) post back their logs in our Security forum for specialized cleaning.

Check all browswers to disable any Add-Ons besides Flashplayer and a reader. If they won't go then reset the Browser deleting all personal settings.

More here on how to go over your install and optimize perfectly: Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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16 May 2015   #6
Maltesespace

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Maybe this might help us/OP narrow down the licensing issue:

OP, what edition of Windows is installed on the machine? Is it Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Starter? You can find out by right clicking the computer icon and clicking properties.
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17 May 2015   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Most likely Enterprise or Pro, I don`t think you can use a VLK on any other version.

I doubt if the OP will return.
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17 May 2015   #8
Maltesespace

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Most likely Enterprise or Pro, I don`t think you can use a VLK on any other version.

I doubt if the OP will return.
Yeah doesn't seem like he's coming back. He said he 'thought' it was a VL copy or inferred it in the title but from his posts it doesn't sound like its 100%. Maybe he's overlooked and it might just be Home Premium or something, in which case the company IT dept was nice enough to install the license the computer came with and we could maybe help OP fish out the key with Magic Jelly Bean.
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25 May 2015   #9
rooshio

64 windows 7 professional
 
 

Hey all! Thanks for the replies. And sorry took so long to reply. I work in the wilderness for 8 days at a time...

Just to respond to a few posts below, I was using W7 professional. I tried magicjellybean, but the key it returned was BBBB-BBBB... etc. which is why I inferred the volume license based on earlier forum research.

After trying a lot of the malware cleaners (unsuccessfully) I couldn't find any free legal solutions, so I just installed the windows 10 preview which seems to have cleared things up.

I'm surprised that my computer was barely running and that none of the cleaners were able to detect any issues.
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25 May 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

OK good, the latest version is build 10122, so don`t be surprised when your PC upgrades to it, if you`re running build 10074.

It`s totally normal and nothing to worry about.
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