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Windows 7: Windows 7 Activation Issues

05 Jul 2011   #11
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ... not a retail version!


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05 Jul 2011   #12
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ...
Chill, chill. All win7 install disks are identical. The iso's available on the net, when installed and yet not activated with ones own key will show RETAIL license type with the default, embedded key for that edition. The license type will change after one uses a particular key, depending on the key type.

The key in the OP's mgadiag report is the default key for home premium. Also, the report shows grace period expired which is normal- had the iso been loaded with an autorunning patch or crack, windows would have been either fine and dandy or non-genuine.

OP, please continue with the phone activation, that should work just fine.
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05 Jul 2011   #13
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That actually does bring up a valid point if the download you got was a cracked or pirated version you'll have trouble making this work. For future reference you can download unaltered images from amazon.
Download Windows 7 ISO

Then you might have less trouble activating the key.
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05 Jul 2011   #14
Rakdos

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I really can't remember where i downloaded it - i checked on users\downloads and searched the folder but I can't find any sign of a signature/website :|
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05 Jul 2011   #15
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

well the copies at the link I provided above are actual unaltered iso's.


When you boot to windows, between the bios post and the windows load screen... is there a bunch of text flying by?
If so the copy you got is using a loader and is no good for validating.
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05 Jul 2011   #16
Rakdos

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well there is a difference since i had the virus problem, between the bios and the windows load screen I do get a black screen with two options but its about choosing Windows 7 home premium (the current, working version) OR the Home premium RECOVERED version, which is the old one but doesnt work, and it still has the problem i used to have when not being able to start the computer and get to a working desktop.
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05 Jul 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ... not a retail version!
I recall words to this effect on the MS Answers forum.
Advice on the forum continues to say it is both technically possible and legal (in all cases) to use retail install disks along with your COA sticker number.
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05 Jul 2011   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ...
Chill, chill. All win7 install disks are identical. The iso's available on the net, when installed and yet not activated with ones own key will show RETAIL license type with the default, embedded key for that edition. The license type will change after one uses a particular key, depending on the key type.

The key in the OP's mgadiag report is the default key for home premium. Also, the report shows grace period expired which is normal- had the iso been loaded with an autorunning patch or crack, windows would have been either fine and dandy or non-genuine.

OP, please continue with the phone activation, that should work just fine.
From what I have read on line the ei.cfg file if present determines if the installer will accept a retail or OEM key, it also locks in what version is going to be installed. If the ei.cfg file is set to retail an OEM key will not be accepted. If you remove the ei.cfg file you can use a retail or OEM key and select what version you want to install. Your product key still has to match the version you install. If you select Ultimate and try to enter a Pro key it will be rejected. Master product keys are only used on modified OEM install media that uses SLP for activation. And then only if the BIOS SLIC table on the PC matches the OEM info on the DVD. The OP's install likely originally used an SLP master key. The key on the sticker was never used. Normally you could still use it but have to activate by phone when it won't activate on line. My guess is the ei.cfg file on the ISO he downloaded is for a Retail version. If so I would just delete the ei.cfg file from the sources folder it to make it a universal install disk. Then do another clean install and see if it accepts the key on the COA sticker.
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05 Jul 2011   #19
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ... not a retail version!
I recall words to this effect on the MS Answers forum.
Advice on the forum continues to say it is both technically possible and legal (in all cases) to use retail install disks along with your COA sticker number.
All win7 disks are identical (except of course reinstall disks customized by OEMs), there used to be confusion on this count when win7 was just released just like there was confusion about whether its possible/legal to clean install with upgrade disks. The difference lies only in the key.

This was actually a welcome move away from XP. XP disks were different for different editions and you'll still see a lot pf pages on the internet telling people how to change the license type of the disk so it would take a different key.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Your key (the one on your COA sticker) is only valid for an OEM version of Windows 7 ...
Chill, chill. All win7 install disks are identical. The iso's available on the net, when installed and yet not activated with ones own key will show RETAIL license type with the default, embedded key for that edition. The license type will change after one uses a particular key, depending on the key type.

The key in the OP's mgadiag report is the default key for home premium. Also, the report shows grace period expired which is normal- had the iso been loaded with an autorunning patch or crack, windows would have been either fine and dandy or non-genuine.

OP, please continue with the phone activation, that should work just fine.
From what I have read on line the ei.cfg file if present determines if the installer will accept a retail or OEM key, it also locks in what version is going to be installed. If the ei.cfg file is set to retail an OEM key will not be accepted. If you remove the ei.cfg file you can use a retail or OEM key and select what version you want to install. Your product key still has to match the version you install. If you select Ultimate and try to enter a Pro key it will be rejected. Master product keys are only used on modified OEM install media that uses SLP for activation. And then only if the BIOS SLIC table on the PC matches the OEM info on the DVD. The OP's install likely originally used an SLP master key. The key on the sticker was never used. Normally you could still use it but have to activate by phone when it won't activate on line. My guess is the ei.cfg file on the ISO he downloaded is for a Retail version. If so I would just delete the ei.cfg file from the sources folder it to make it a universal install disk. Then do another clean install and see if it accepts the key on the COA sticker.
The ei.cfg file only determines what edition of win7 will be installed, it has nothing to do with retail/oem.

Every windows disk contains the images of every edition, this is possible to fit on a single dvd because of the technique called "single instancing". That means that theres only one copy of any file instead of one copy per image.

Deleting the ei.cfg file simply confuses the installer, as a result every edition is offered for install. So, deleting ei.cfg creates a universal disk that can be used to install any edition provided one has the correct edition key in ones possession.
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06 Jul 2011   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

This is the ei.cfg file from my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD. You can see that under [Channel] it says OEM, why do that if it doesn't matter?

[EditionID]
HomePremium
[Channel]
OEM
[VL]
0

If the OP posts his ei,cfg I bet it says RETAIL. Looking though the OPs post the report posted shows it installed as RETAIL. The key also listed in the post would be the default key entered for a 30 day trial, which is what you get if you don't enter one. I agree with the other post. His key is being rejected because it an OEM key and his install is Retail. He can't activate on line if he can't enter a key in the first place. I'm just trying to help, I'm not doing this just to be argumentative.
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