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Windows 7: product code rejected

15 Nov 2009   #1

Win7 64
 
 
product code rejected

I am using an Intel Macbook with Boot Camp and XP. I wiped XP off the drive and installed Windows 7 (32 bit)

Everything went fine till I was prompted to enter the product key. I did so repeatedly, slowly, carefully, yet the PK was rejected every time.

I am trying to install Windows 7 Home Version with three installs.

Any advice will be gratefully received.

bitraker

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15 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you seen this boot camp / Windows 7 tutorial? Perhaps it can help.

An illustrated guide to Boot Camp and Windows 7
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15 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

This is what you do. First, ask yourself, "Am I sure that this key is legit". Only you know where you got it. If you know tha it is legit. Try installing, again. This time when it asks for the key, just ignore it and go forward. After you are installed, try it for a few days. If you are happy with the results, try putting in the key. If it is accepted, you are good to go. If not, call the number that you will be given. You, then have the opportunity to try to activate by phone. If that does not work, a person, will actually talk to you. If your number is legit, he will activate you right then, if not, you keep your present OS or you must get another Win 7 key.

All I ask for this information, is to be kept informed of the outcome. This way, the time I spend helping you will be a benefit not only to you but to me and many others who read this.
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16 Nov 2009   #4

Win7 64
 
 

Yes, the number is legit - and thanks for the help.

bitraker
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16 Nov 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

At this point I see two options... 1) Try reinstalling and see if it will accept your key.. 2) Activate it over the phone with MS.. Let us know how it comes out..
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16 Nov 2009   #6
SvD

Win xp on Mac Powerbook
 
 

Hi-

I have same problem. Running a Feb. 2009 MacBook Pro, 15" w/6 gig RAM, 2.53 ghz processor, etc., with legal WIN XP on the hard drive through Boot Camp, working fine. I ran a 3-license Win 7 install disk, 64-bit, through Boot Camp, formatting the drive and erasing XP- as in the directions on the web. Error reads that serial # is for Windows 7 Update, NOT a new install, which is all one can do. It all works fine, but the serial # is wrong, so I'll have to try calling for a live activation, I guess. I did more or less the same thing on my wife's PC, no problems with the install or serial #.
SvD
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16 Nov 2009   #7

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I had the same problem loading Windows 7 32 bit Professional on my DELL XPS Gen 1 laptop which has XP Professional as the primary OS. I found old habit to be the problem as I instinctively placed a dash in between the character fields while typing them. After getting the Invalid Key prompt I looked at it to see if I was mistaking a D for a 0 or an 8 for a B and I wasn't and it was then I saw the statement that the dash was automatically assigned and wondered if that was the issue so I tried it w/o typing the dash and BINGO, that was the solution.
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16 Nov 2009   #8

 

Entering dashes in the product code makes no odds

Using an Upgrade Disk to perform a clean installation will result in activation denial, unless you run the install twice that is...
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16 Nov 2009   #9

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Entering dashes in the product code makes no odds

Using an Upgrade Disk to perform a clean installation will result in activation denial, unless you run the install twice that is...
Well that's how it went for me and I only installed it once and it really runs this lappy better than ever!
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16 Nov 2009   #10
SvD

Win xp on Mac Powerbook
 
 

Re: macBook Pro, running on bootcamp 3, Snow Leopard, unibody construction, WinXP on hard drive already, trying to put 3-PC family pack Windows 7 on to replace WinXP install- Ran BootCamp Assistant, restored hard drive to single drive, then followed directions for redividing hard drive into two partitions, did a custom install via BootCamp Assistant (with hard drive format on "BootCamp" partition), then did automatic install on Win 7 (stick around, the reboots require you to hold the "option/alt" key and select the Windows hard drive at the music and screen lighting up on reboot!). When I tried to activate, through Start menu, got Activation Error 0xC004F061, with the instruction the serial # was invalid for a clean install, I needed a Windows 7 install disk and/or product ID# that is valid for a "clean install". found the activation Phone # for Windows 7, 1-866-740-1256, and after several tries, got to a technician who had me bring up the MSDRT window in the Start/Run box, he gave me a passcode to enter that allowed him into the registry, and he did digital magic and told me to enjoy my new Windows7 after re-entering the now-valid Product ID. In a follow-up call, I was told that the Upgrade DVD (doesn't matter if it's the family 3-pack or the single, or on a dual-boot system like MacBooks) is NOT valid for a clean install, but that essentially they do a workaround from the tech side- a sneaky way of saying that Microsoft won't charge for upgrading from XP instead of Vista, but they'll make it difficult to do easily...... Keep mentioning the error code!

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