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Windows 7: Activation says my key is only for upgrades not activation?

21 Dec 2015   #1
TheGreyWizard

Windows 7 64
 
 
Activation says my key is only for upgrades not activation?

Hello, I have my original activation key but when trying to finalize it, windows tells me this key is only for upgrades not for clean installs?

I had to to do clean install and it was from my original official backup disc so I'm not sure what the problem is?


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21 Dec 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Maybe you bought an upgarde disc and not a full install disc.

Use your original disc, not the backup.
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21 Dec 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try the key from the COA sticker on your PC.
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21 Dec 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Also see if this tutorial by Brink helps:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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