|10 Sep 2011||#1|
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Windows Activation Help Please
Good day all! I was doing a little looking around on the computer and found the following message under the system tab:
1 day until automatic activation. Activate windows now.
It shows a 20 character Product ID with OEM after the first five characters. I looked on the bottom of the computer and found a 25 alphanumeric Product Key. I believe, under the system tab, it used to say that it was activated. We have had the computer well over a year and I have not done any mods or motherboard maintenance. It is an HP running 7 Home Premium/64 with SP1. Don't want to render the computer useless or run into something costly. Any and all help is appreciated.
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|11 Sep 2011||#8|
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Hope you don't mind me contributing to the thread, but the first number you mentioned (with OEM in it) is your operating system's Product ID. OEM stand for Original Equipment Manufacturer and tells Microsoft's activation database that you are using OEM software.
Under normal circumstances, you shouldn't need to activate this software because it should activate automatically whenever you re-install the software.
The Product Key that you mention should correspond with the one on your COA (Certificate of Activation) sticker on the outside of your computer.
I can only imagine that there was a query with Microsoft's validation database, which then required you to re-enter your Product Key (which is different from your Product ID).
Just to recap:
The Product ID tells Microsoft whether you are using OEM or retail software.
The Product Key is what you use to activate your software.
Activation is used to ensure you are using genuine Microsoft software.
Validation is a check that Microsoft carries out after your software has been activated and is used to counteract the use of pirated software.
With OEM software you shouldn't normally need to activate it.
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