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Windows 7: Changed Hard drive--Windows 7 RTM Activation

13 Aug 2009   #1
toneefresh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Changed Hard drive--Windows 7 RTM Activation

I installed Windows 7 RTM last week. I jsut bought a new hard drive and cloned my old drive to this new drive. I now get a message that says the copy is not genuine at boot-up, and a blank screen comes up. I called the Activation toll-free number, but they say they cannot support Windows 7 yet. Any ideas?

I have an MSDN subscription which is where I downloaded the RTM version before you ask


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13 Aug 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Toneefresh, and welcome to Windows Forums.

You could get another key number from MSDN for it, change your key number in Windows 7, then see if it will activate for you.

OR

You might see if it will let you activate with your current number after a repair install.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Aug 2009   #3
toneefresh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

I have another key that I could use, but I'm not given the option to change the key. I can start taskmrg, and that's about it. I thought about the reinstall method, but was going to use that as a last resort.
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13 Aug 2009   #4
24c

Win7 x64 Ult
 
 

I was just about to order a new HD and planned to restore an Acronis True Image backup of my current HD to it. I have Windows 7 - TechNet subscription - installed.

I wonder if there is a difference between a "restored" image and a "cloned" image.

I have restored many backups before w/o any "not genuine" incidents.

Could the issue be NEW hardware??
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13 Aug 2009   #5
toneefresh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Supposedly this happens when a major piece of hardware is changed, including a HDD
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13 Aug 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Toneefresh,

In Task Manager, click on File and New Task. Type cmd and press enter, then type slmgr -rearm and press enter to rearm Windows 7. It will hopefully let you change the key number afterwards.
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13 Aug 2009   #7
X360

Vista 64 sp2
 
 

i called the toll free number and activated mine that way, the toll number worked for me but i am in ireland.
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13 Aug 2009   #8
toneefresh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Brink, thanks for your responses.

I tried using slmgr, but it will not work. I get a Visual Basic error. There's a lot of services stopped, so I think the VB runtime stuff may be disabled as well.
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13 Aug 2009   #9
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toneefresh View Post
Brink, thanks for your responses.

I tried using slmgr, but it will not work. I get a Visual Basic error. There's a lot of services stopped, so I think the VB runtime stuff may be disabled as well.
I would reccomend to do a repair install then
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13 Aug 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

I would agree with Zidane to do the repair install then.
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