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Windows 7: Windows 7 Profession trial to Other version of Windows 7

20 Mar 2013   #1

windows 7 professional x32
 
 
Windows 7 Profession trial to Other version of Windows 7

Recently got my computer fixed, hard drive was trashed so I has forced to purchase another hard drive and get it installed. The tech guy, installed a trial version of Windows 7 professional, instead of reinstalling the version of Windows 7 I previously had on my computer. When I went to type in my old product key it said that I couldn't use it on this version of Windows and I should try another product key or go through Windows 7 Setup. Is there a way I can do this using the product key that I have, cause there's only a day left on my trial version and I NEED this computer.

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21 Mar 2013   #2

 

There isn't a version of Windows 7.

Do this ASAP (you'll add another 30 days to the trial period which you're in because it's not activated yet):
  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right-click the matching result ("cmd.exe")
  4. Choose "Run as administrator"
  5. Type slmgr -rearm and press Enter
  6. Reboot
Source: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html

Now go back to this so-called "tech" and tell him to enter a valid Product Key. Either that, or ask him to make it work because he's the one who stuck you with an installation of Windows 7 without giving you a valid Product Key. If he had, then you could have entered it and you'd be all set. Actually, he should have activated it for you, but the past is passed and so this is all we can do now. So, I'm asking you to hold this guy responsible.

As you can see from the source I linked above, you can do this 2 more times after you do it today. That should give you all the time you need to get back to this so-called "tech".
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21 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi rgru25

What version(Edition) of Windows 7 did you have before until your hard drive died ?

I wouldn't take the laptop back to the " tech " so we could input a key for you that will not be right . You have a product key under the laptop or underneath the battery . Click on the link below it will have everything you need including a link where you could download a legit copy of the Windows 7 that came with your PC just without the bloatware. PLEASE follow the tutorial carefully .

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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21 Mar 2013   #4

 

He already tried the one and only Product Key he has.
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21 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If his old OS isn't professional it will not work . If it is he would have to activate it using the phone option .
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21 Mar 2013   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Hi rgru25

What version(Edition) of Windows 7 did you have before until your hard drive died ?

I wouldn't take the laptop back to the " tech " so we could input a key for you that will not be right . You have a product key under the laptop or underneath the battery . Click on the link below it will have everything you need including a link where you could download a legit copy of the Windows 7 that came with your PC just without the bloatware. PLEASE follow the tutorial carefully .

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
I guess I would try this. If it doesn't work, then this "tech" needs to be contacted in order to get the Product Key that goes with the copy of Windows 7 he installed on your computer. I think that he should be the one to activate it too.
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21 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

The link will have everything he will need to get a working PC with a legit product key ( from the bottom of the laptop ). The key will work with 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 .
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21 Mar 2013   #8

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

The version and edition on the COA sticker on your machine must match the version and edition of Windows installed.
Many techs are too lazy to do the job properly, and just install with whatever they have handy, and cobble it.


Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/234159-windows-genuine-activation-issue-posting-instructions.html

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

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!
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx
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