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Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade - Product Key Issue


05 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 Upgrade - Product Key Issue

A couple of years ago I purchased a Windows 7 Upgrade DVD and License to upgrade my Vista machine. That went fine, but I needed to carry out a clean reinstall of the OS onto the upgraded laptop. It all went well until I was asked for the Product Key, which I have and I entered - it failed.

Having carried out some research, it is obvious now that I cannot do this because it is expecting an old version of the OS to upgrade. Is there some way that I can retro-fit this (I cannot reinstall Vista as it was OEM)? I am happy to buy a licence if need be, but I hope that thare is a cheaper way around it.


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05 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

There is a workaround, but it involves a bit of work.

Carry out a clean install of Windows 7 with your upgrade DVD, but DON'T enter the product key when asked.

Complete the installation, reboot, and then carry out another clean install with the same upgrade disc.

This time, enter the product key when prompted. Windows will recognise the fact that you've already installed the operating system and will use that as the confirmation needed to ascertain you have a system that qualifies the use of your upgrade disc.
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05 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

seavixen - thank you - how I wish that I had known that before I spent 3 hours applying 110 upgrades in the expectation that I could do it then!!! ;-)

I will reload and reapply the upgrades - tomorrow.
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06 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Post back if you're still having problems.
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06 Mar 2012   #5

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

It is also possible to use telephone activation, then explain the situation to an operator, and request an over-ride code. The response from MS does seem to depend on which side of bed the oprator got out of that morning, so be as nice as you can!

telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
SLUI 4
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions - but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you.

Once activation is complete, and before you let the operator off the hook, go to the validation website at www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate and check that everything is OK.
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06 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you both. I think that it is OK following seavixen32's information. However - is there some way that I can confirm that the product key has taken, and I am not running in the 30 days grace period (or whatever I get)?
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06 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcaswell View Post
Thank you both. I think that it is OK following seavixen32's information. However - is there some way that I can confirm that the product key has taken, and I am not running in the 30 days grace period (or whatever I get)?
Just click Start and right-click Computer then click Properties.

You'll see Windows Activation at the bottom of the window, which tells you whether your system is activated or not.

It should activate automatically within three days, but if it doesn't just follow the advice given by Noel.

Noel mentioned validation, which is slightly different to activation.

Activation confirms that your product key is genuine and takes place after installation of the operating system, whilst validation checks that you are not using pirated software and can take place at any time as a background check by Microsoft.
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07 Mar 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

That'd work

or you could run the MGADiag tool, and look for the License Status: Licensed line.
If it's still in the Grace period, it'll tell you there how long you have left, instead of saying 'Licensed'
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08 Mar 2012   #9

windows 7
 
 
OSInfo Script

dont know if this is of any use to you or anyone, but
Here's a nice little VBS Script, tells you some basic OS and Licence Information, product key etc.

just click it to run it, two little windows will open and tell you the system info
it should run on xp, vista, Windows 7, and server editions


also there are four different ways of fresh installing a upgrade licence
read here
Link: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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09 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you all very much - challenge resolved
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