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Windows 7: Activation issues--says key is invalid

02 Apr 2012   #1
kbronski

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Activation issues--says key is invalid

I re-installed my OS fresh, and used the key given on the sticker on the bottom of my laptop, but it is saying the key is invalid!
What I am thinking MIGHT be happening is this: The OS I installed has SP1 pre-installed. I'm thinking this might be messing with the activation. But, before I go freaking out, what can I do?


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02 Apr 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Might be SP-1 or might be a different version (ie retail when you need OEM becuase it was preinstalled.

. Just download win 7 without sp-1 and the key should work. Sine it came pre-installed you need that version.
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02 Apr 2012   #3
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Their is no need to activate if you reinstalled your laptop's original OS. If not you must use the key for whatever you used.
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02 Apr 2012   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Clean installs always need activation.
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02 Apr 2012   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Clean installs always need activation.
Correct - BUT OEM_SLP installations using the Recovery Media will self-activate, rather than needing internet or telephone activation.

In this case, the OP needs to use Telephone Activation, as the first time the COA_SLP Key is used, it is blocked, and requires a manual override by the Activation operator.

@kbronski - you need to activate by telephone....
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
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07 Apr 2012   #6
kbronski

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll try the telephone activation. Thanks for letting me know! This is not the first time I've re-installed the OS, so the key may have been blocked after the last time I used it.
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07 Apr 2012   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Good Luck
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