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Windows 7: How to reformat without product key

21 Jan 2016   #1
isaac12345

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
How to reformat without product key

Hi all,

I am running Windows 7 Professional 32bit, the ISO of which I got a few years ago from my university's MSDNAA program and still have it. I recently changed my motherboard and sound card and my windows is now asking for activation again. The problem is that this time I would like reformat the whole system as its become quite sluggish and buggy. I dont have the product key with me and dont have access to my university's email anymore(where I suspect the key was emailed to me). I called microsoft and they said they cant help me and I need to contact my university. I contacted my university and they cant help me with the key because I am not a current student.

So I would like to ask you, what would be the best way of going about this? I have the original ISO that I got from MSDNAA. Will that contain the information to activate windows online without the need to enter the product key?

Thanks!


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21 Jan 2016   #2
z3r010

 

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21 Jan 2016   #3
isaac12345

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Wow! That worked! Thanks! Its displaying me my current key.
Now how I find out how many uses it has left?
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21 Jan 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A key can be used 100`s 1000`s of times, don`t worry about it. And I hope you wrote it down and put it with your install disc.

Whether that type of key is considered oem or retail an expert can answer. It may not be usable again and again, and you may have to make a simple phone call to get activated, everything will show up on the screen and tell you what to do.

But you should consider buying your own windows install disc and key and not relying on them anymore.

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