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Windows 7: Changing Product ID


23 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Changing Product ID

Hi,

My problem is that I bought a lap-top with windows 7 in it. But after 30 days of usage, the operating system expired. I didn't know back than but I could have activated the operating system with the product key at the back of the computer. So, I found another trial version and installed it. And I did that several times because they were all trial versions. But I just learned that I did actually bought the windows 7 with my computer and that I could activate it with the product key on the back of my computer. but the problem is that I didn't get a recovery cd or something like that for the operating system when I bought my computer (btw, I did get a recovery cd for windows vista in the previous computer and I was able to reinstall it whenever I wanted). So I lost the the initial operating system in my computer, the one with which I bought my computer because of the installation of other trial versions and I don't have a cd with which I can regain it.

On the other hand, in the back of the computer, on the labeling of windows, a product ID is written just above the product key. And I'm thinking that if I could change the product ID of a trial version to the product ID of the previously lost original windows 7 to which the product key corresponds, I could enter the product key and activate the trial version that I'm using. First of all, I ask if that's a logical and possible operation and secondly "how to do it".

Thank you in advance for your helps.

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23 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No OEM computers (computers with Windows 7 preloaded and preactivated) come with trial version of Windows 7. So your story is hard to believe.

If right now your computer has the SAME version installed that it ORIGINALLY came with AND the COA sticker has the SAME version written on it, you can try activating online by inputting the key on the sticker (this method works SOMETIMES). Or you can call MS and do a phone activation.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

And dont bother with that product id, it wont help.
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23 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually, you are right, I said that it expired in order not to complicate my problem. To tell the truth, I was a little confused when I bought it and I THOUGHT that it was a trial. So I found a crack version of windows 7 for which I was promised that there is no expiration (but there was), and I installed that by deleting the original windows 7.

And now I'm trying to recover that operating system that I paid for and deleted to my stupidity

So, my computer doesn't have the SAME version installed that it ORIGINALLY came with (because as I said, I formatted my computer in order to install crack version)
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23 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At the second reading, you are talking about the same VERSION, not the same PRODUCT with same product id and key.

but I don't understand what you say with "if the COA sticker has the SAME version written on it".

How can I find out which version does my Certificate of Authenticity refers and which version I'm using or where to find the exact same version?
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23 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Since you installed the trial on your computer, you should know what version it is (whether home premium or pro or ultimate etc.), if you dont, click on start orb, then type winver in the run or search box, that'll tell you what version is installed.

The COA sticker is a rainbow coloured sticker at the back of OEM computers which bears the name of the version (E.g. Windows 7 home premium) and the COA key.

What brand is your computer and where did you buy it from?
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23 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's an LG R560. I bought it in Turkey from Media Markt.

And I tried to type my product key to a trial windows 7 with the same version. But it didn't work. So the phone activation can help me ?
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23 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by animyrch View Post
It's an LG R560. I bought it in Turkey from Media Markt
Right. Does it have a COA sticker at the back? If yes, what version of Windows 7 does it say? If its not Windows 7, what else does it say?
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23 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

actually it makes more than a year that I bought it and I can't read all information. Some are wore.

what I can read is
proof of licence
certificate of authenticity

Microsoft
2005 Microsoft Corporation

(product id)
(barcode)
(product key)

How to Tell

Label not to be sold separately

X15 - 53889 (don't know what it is)
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23 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You need to remember what version it came with, otherwise you cant be helped.

I suspect you got taken for a ride with a trial version of Windows 7. I dont whether you actually paid for the Windows 7 that came with that computer.

Does your computer have a recovery partition? Click Start, then type diskmgmt.msc, post a snip of that window here.
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23 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I'm pretty sure that there isn't a recovery partition. I've annexed the disk management table.

I'm almost certain that the version I got with my computer was "32 bit - home premium"


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