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Windows 7: Can I use the same confirmation ID to activate Windows?

20 Jul 2012   #1
asianman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT
 
 
Can I use the same confirmation ID to activate Windows?

Hello. I have Windows 7 installed, and I activated it via phone activation. Now it's starting to run slow after using it for a year. I would like to reformat with a clean installation. My question is can I activate it using the same confirmation ID that I got before?


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20 Jul 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Asianman, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should just need to use your same product key number to activate it with. If it doesn't do so normally online, then you'll just need to do so by phone again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Jul 2012   #3
asianman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Asianman, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should just need to use your same product key number to activate it with. If it doesn't do so normally online, then you'll just need to do so by phone again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
with all due respect, if I skip to phone activation, and it pops out the box where it requests a confirmation ID, do I need to enter the same code that I got previously?
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20 Jul 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You should try to activate online as normal first. If that doesn't work, then you could try entering the same confirmation ID, but most likely you will need to do a phone activation again to get a new one.
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20 Jul 2012   #5
asianman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You should try to activate online as normal first. If that doesn't work, then you could try entering the same confirmation ID, but most likely you will need to do a phone activation again to get a new one.
so this means I will get different installation ID and it is not the same the first time I got?
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20 Jul 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

What matters is your product key number and not the confirmation ID or product ID. Your product key number is unique for your Windows 7 and will never change. The product key number is what is used to activate Windows 7 with.
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21 Jul 2012   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Confirmation ID's as far as I know are only one-time use - although I may well be wrong.

What is your objection to activating in the normal manner?
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22 Jul 2012   #8
asianman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Confirmation ID's as far as I know are only one-time use - although I may well be wrong.

What is your objection to activating in the normal manner?
I have no objection at all. I thought I can use back the same confirmation ID whenever it needs. Well, I did try using the same confirmation ID for Office 2010 when I was offline, and my Office 2010 did not recognize the numbers that I entered in the box. Fortunately, it went very well with online activation.
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22 Jul 2012   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear that activation went fine for you using the normal online method. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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22 Jul 2012   #10
asianman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm happy to hear that activation went fine for you using the normal online method. Thank you for posting back with your results.
Yes. It seems online activation is quicker than the second method (via phone). But sometimes I need to turn off AV in order to get smooth activation.
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