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Windows 7: Activation issue, W7 Home Premium


13 May 2012   #1
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Activation issue, W7 Home Premium

eMachines refuses to help me. So I post here. Reformatted HD cuz Windows 7 screwed and nothing was working. Installed perfectly. I insert my Product Key, and I get invalid product key error message. Key only been used once.

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13 May 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
I insert my Product Key, and I get invalid product key error message. Key only been used once.
Is the installation disk OEM, retail, burned, borrowed, or what?

Where did you get the Product Key?
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13 May 2012   #3

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
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13 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Hello ubunturules Welcome to SF!

The question here would be not where as long as you used genuine media but which product key being either the OEM key on the attached sticker or from the 7 media used? On OEM machines like a Gateway you need to install the exact same edition as well as 32bit or 64bit Windows according to what it came preinstalled with.

When using a separate 7 dvd or even USB Install Key for a clean install you then enter the OEM key. That will be seen as the valid key for that machine based on the hardware information/code provided to MS when going to see Windows activated as long as the original media source is genuine.
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13 May 2012   #5
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Using the product key that came with the laptop (back cover) and it says X16- something I believe. Installing using USB and ISO from Digital River.
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13 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If the installation went well and you continue to try the Gateway and get nowhere you'll end up needing to cal the 800 number for MS. If you ran into the Windows 7 activation error 0x80072F8F which has been known to be a problem at times you simply use the "show me more ways to activate" option which will bring up the 800 number when selecting that option.

Don't feel alone in this by the way. Windows 7 - A problem occured when Windows tried to active. Error Code 0x80072F8F.
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13 May 2012   #7
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

I don't have a show me more ways to activate option. This is about the 10th prob. I have had with 7. Think I'm gonna get an XP laptop I saw on amazon. Core 2 Duo,320 GB HD, 4 GB Ram, XP Pro...... aaaaaahhhhh.
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13 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That's when you refer to the MS page for the three options available seen at Activate Windows 7 on this computer
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13 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
eMachines refuses to help me. So I post here. Reformatted HD cuz Windows 7 screwed and nothing was working. Installed perfectly. I insert my Product Key, and I get invalid product key error message. Key only been used once.
In an earlier post elsewhere, you had mentioned that emachines had sent you the Windows 7 disc.

Was it the OEM Reinstall disk? Use it to install Windows 7 and check whether it auto-activates.

( If your machine has a valid SLIC table embedded by emachines and the OEM reinstall disc has the necessary OEM activation data - OEM-SLP key and *. xrs-ms certificate - the machine will auto-activate. My Dell laptop autoactivates with the DELL provided Windows 7 Reinstall Disk.)
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13 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
eMachines refuses to help me. So I post here. Reformatted HD cuz Windows 7 screwed and nothing was working. Installed perfectly. I insert my Product Key, and I get invalid product key error message. Key only been used once.
In an earlier post elsewhere, you had mentioned that emachines had sent you the Windows 7 disc.

Was it the OEM Reinstall disk? Use it to install Windows 7 and check whether it auto-activates.

( If your machine has a valid SLIC table embedded by emachines and the OEM reinstall disc has the necessary OEM activation data - OEM-SLP key and *. xrs-ms certificate - the machine will auto-activate. My Dell laptop autoactivates with the DELL provided Windows 7 Reinstall Disk.)
Apparently eMachines refused to do anything for him including sending out a factory recovery disk. This is why he bought 7 at the MS online store to begin with.

On one of their older desktop models(XP) when a friend's son trashed the preinstall I ended using a Home edition cd and simply entered to the OEM key following a full wipe of the drive. eMachines didn't provide any recovery disks with the system bought new out of a retail store.

On a much newer laptop or desktop the option to see a full restoration is included as a boot option however. The other option while the preinstalled Windows is still running good is to look into a utility many manufacrturers provide on their support sites for creating a recovery disk.
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