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Windows 7: how do I activate & validate Windows 7 using small manufacturer's COA

27 Nov 2011   #1

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how do I activate & validate Windows 7 using small manufacturer's COA

How do I activate & validate Windows 7 using small manufacturer's COA?
The COA is 14 digits as opposed to Microsoft's 25 digit product key. When I try entering this code it is immediately rejected.


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27 Nov 2011   #2
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Can you post back a camera snap of the COA sticker or type out everything on the sticker except the actual numbers?

Is it a holographic sticker similar to COA stickers you may have seen before?

It's possible it's not MS but the manufacturer's S/N or other identifiers.

Do you have a Recovery Partition on the HD, or Recovery disks you made or received - as these should auto-activate.
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27 Nov 2011   #3
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Hello Damianspower, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's not the OEM-COA product key number. It does indeed need to be the 25 numbers in groups of 5. Here's a couple of examples of a OEM-COA sticker from the tutorial below to help find your product key number.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See








Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Nov 2011   #4

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OT @Brink.....
I've never seen the second COA you've posted there - is that a special for a machine with the cable TV widget pre-installed?
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27 Nov 2011   #5
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Hello Noel,

LOL, to be honest I don't know what it's from. I got the images from a Google search. My guess would be one for the OEM-SLP #, and the other for the OEM-COA #.
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27 Nov 2011   #6

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Hi Shawn

Top is the old type,
Bottom is the new type.

Ray.
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27 Nov 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Hi Shawn

Top is the old type,
Bottom is the new type.

Ray.

New type of what?
There's TWO Keys shown there??
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27 Nov 2011   #8

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Sticker.
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27 Nov 2011   #9

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99% of COA stickers have only one Key - this one has TWO - why?
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