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Windows 7: Activating using OEM key

18 Feb 2012   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're welcome Ellimist.

Thanks for the update.


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19 Feb 2012   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ellimist View Post
Thanks guys, it worked. I was only given the option to activate by phone and the phone activation worked.

Now off to chrooting Ubuntu and reinstalling GRUB on sda.
Fine. Using the COA key of an OEM machine requires an activation by Phone. There is no other option.

And as far as I know, everytime you clean install and use the OEM-COA key, you will be be required to activate by phone giving reasons.

My advice now will be to take a pristine system image of your Windows 7 + all updates todate + all drivers + the COA activation + only the security software you have installed (and before loading any other software ) using an imaging software of your choice and keep it safely.

Whenever a contingent situation requiring a clean install arises, you may then restore this image and avoid going through this process all over again.
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19 Feb 2012   #13
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Fine. Using the COA key of an OEM machine requires an activation by Phone. There is no other option.

And as far as I know, everytime you clean install and use the OEM-COA key, you will be be required to activate by phone giving reasons.
Not so.
The first activation is made by phone, so that MS can confirm eligility. (Direct OEM COA Keys belong to a special subset, and are different to System Builder Keys)
Thereafter, so long as the same hardware is in use, activation will be possible over the internet (although there is a limit there somewhere, MS doesn't officially publish it). If changes are made to the hardware, then telephone activation will again be required.
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19 Feb 2012   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

This of course is a totally blacked-out grey area.

In fact I would like to hear from someone who has repeatedly done the OEM(SLP)-COA activation. (and not A OEM-System builder (non-SLP)-COA)
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19 Feb 2012   #15
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

perhaps you should get it from the horse's (MS) mouth?
key re-entry being required
See Darin Smith's post marked as 'Answer' near the bottom
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19 Feb 2012   #16
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I am none the less or more wiser than I was before.

Darin Smith: " If the Activation behavior of your OEM_COA keys are not following the rules that I have described above, then either I am mistaken, the rules have changed "

Even you think "If the machine has already been activated using that Key, then I think that it will re-activate over the internet "

And we keep thinking.

And I think and as many others on the internet also think of the worst case scenario and as Carl Stephens says "That is your problem, the OEM_COA keys require telephone activation"

And so the need for actual user experiences. Without that, I will continue to think.
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