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Windows 7: Alert for activation key after windows update, "Cannot use default key

02 Oct 2011   #1
ronjansu

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 
Alert for activation key after windows update, "Cannot use default key

Actually this is not a new thread, I have gone through many threads, but those were old.

After some windows update, windows is asking for activation key. My windows 7 Home basic came preinstalled in my laptop. I used the old activation key. But it is not accepting say "Default key... cannot use it".
First let know what this is actually. This must have much talked about.
Please let me know the best solution you have. Do I need to buy a new windows?
I don't want to do any illegal manipulation. Please help.


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02 Oct 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Ron,

There should be a product key number on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop that you could use if you have not already.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See


If you have, then you could try activating Windows 7 by phone with the operator instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Oct 2011   #3
Prince Hal

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is the product code found anywhere else than on the case?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Ron,

There should be a product key number on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop that you could use if you have not already.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See


If you have, then you could try activating Windows 7 by phone with the operator instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Is the product code found anywhere else than on the case? I had a broken laptop, removed the hard drive, but did not take note of the product key on the case. Is it found on the booklets that came with it? Still searching for them just in case.

Thanks for your help,

Hal.
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06 Oct 2011   #4
Bill2

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

No, it must be on the body of the laptop- either at the back or beneath the laptop battery or beneath the back panel.
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06 Oct 2011   #5
Prince Hal

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Thanks Bill

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No, it must be on the body of the laptop- either at the back or beneath the laptop battery or beneath the back panel.
Thanks Bill. That's clear. That was very helpful. It put me out of my misery pretty swiftly.
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