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Windows 7: set back to an image and lost activation

27 Nov 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks everybody for answering. Some very interesting aspects. And it is good to know that I was not the only one where it happened. I knew there was no need to panic although I had left my OEM installation CD in Germany whilst I took the CD belonging to my German desktop back to Florida. Speak about a confused specimen.

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28 Nov 2010   #12

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64
 
 

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What does that contribute to the discussion?. I have been imaging with most any imaging product out there - including that one.
Means if you use wdsimagebackup then you should not have problem ...IMO ...
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28 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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What does that contribute to the discussion?. I have been imaging with most any imaging product out there - including that one.
Means if you use wdsimagebackup then you should not have problem ...IMO ...
I don't think it has anything to do with the imaging program you use. I have done dozens of restores with Macrium and that is the first time I lost the product registration.
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28 Nov 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I will not even pretend to know why you needed to re-activate.


I can say, I have went as far back as 8 weeks without issue. But I have never tried to restore a image that far back either.

Perhaps its a combination of WAT and the length of time?
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28 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I will not even pretend to know why you needed to re-activate.


I can say, I have went as far back as 8 weeks without issue. But I have never tried to restore a image that far back either.

Perhaps its a combination of WAT and the length of time?
Hi Wishmaster, if you are right and it has to do with the age of the restore point, then one of our nice imaging theories will have a flaw. Remember we advocate to take an early image as backup and rather use that for a reinstall than to reinstll from the installation disc or the recovery partition. But if the WAT always throws a monkey wrench into that, it would be a bit frustrating.
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28 Nov 2010   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wds7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
What does that contribute to the discussion?. I have been imaging with most any imaging product out there - including that one.
Means if you use wdsimagebackup then you should not have problem ...IMO ...
wds7,
There is a possibility, albeit small, that Windows own imaging may have been more tolerant to the activation issue. The dismissive comment made was interpreted by me as a personal swipe - had no effect.
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29 Nov 2010   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
I will not even pretend to know why you needed to re-activate.


I can say, I have went as far back as 8 weeks without issue. But I have never tried to restore a image that far back either.

Perhaps its a combination of WAT and the length of time?
Hi Wishmaster, if you are right and it has to do with the age of the restore point, then one of our nice imaging theories will have a flaw. Remember we advocate to take an early image as backup and rather use that for a reinstall than to reinstll from the installation disc or the recovery partition. But if the WAT always throws a monkey wrench into that, it would be a bit frustrating.
Very true.

But perhaps the time wouldn't matter if WAT was already present.
I'd love to know for sure.
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29 Nov 2010   #18

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

I have a couple more ideas on this.

1) Did you update the bios between creating the image and restoring it? We all know the validation process ids multiple things but its hazy so this could be a factor.

2) I've read many accounts of Acronis images throwing up non-genuine. On theory is maybe the program creates a new SID for every clone.

Again, all this applies to a retail setup only. Theres no way a royalty oem image could become non-genuine.
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29 Nov 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
I have a couple more ideas on this.

1) Did you update the bios between creating the image and restoring it? We all know the validation process ids multiple things but its hazy so this could be a factor.

2) I've read many accounts of Acronis images throwing up non-genuine. On theory is maybe the program creates a new SID for every clone.

Again, all this applies to a retail setup only. Theres no way a royalty oem image could become non-genuine.
on1) No, I never touched the BIOS
on2) I used Macrium, not Acronis
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29 Nov 2010   #20

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wds7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

What does that contribute to the discussion?. I have been imaging with most any imaging product out there - including that one.
Means if you use wdsimagebackup then you should not have problem ...IMO ...
wds7,
There is a possibility, albeit small, that Windows own imaging may have been more tolerant to the activation issue. The dismissive comment made was interpreted by me as a personal swipe - had no effect.
It's cool man ...
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