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Windows 7: Windows 7 Activation Error

22 Jun 2013   #21
c4wilson

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

I restarted the computer and now I cannot even add administrators to the key, so it is not sticking whatever i did yesterday. But here is the snip

Thanks again, I really appreciate it.


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22 Jun 2013   #22
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

This is almost certainly due to corruption of the registry - and may not be fixable by normal means.

See if working in Safe Mode helps (just in case your AV is getting in the way!)
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22 Jun 2013   #23
c4wilson

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

No luck in safe mode. - Assuming this means I'll need to do a clean install. I really appreciate you guys trying - and I have learned quite a bit from it.

Unfortunately I have no recovery partition. Is there a install disk I can get that will work with the OEM license on the side? Similarly, is there a good way not to have to re purchase office?
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22 Jun 2013   #24
VistaKing

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

c4wilson

If you want to reinstall Windows take a look at the link below

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Read it carefully it will have everything you will need .
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22 Jun 2013   #25
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

I'd suggest a repair install first....


Download the SP1 Refresh for your language and edition from the links on these pages...

Heidoc - Microsoft DR Download links

The links are for downloads from the Digital River servers run for MS, so are about as safe as you can get

Once you have it downloaded, you then need to burn the DVD from it - use either the Windows Disk Image Burner, or (better still) your favourite burning application at the slowest speed possible.

Note that you do NOT 'drag and drop' the file to the disk, you must use the 'burn an image' option from your app - or you'll end up with a useless coaster

Once you have the disk burnt, check that it boots the (or any other) system OK - but do NOT start the repair from there - you must start the repair from within a normal Windows boot.

Follow the instructions in this tutorial - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
- and they should help you get through it (it's not as difficult as it looks!)

Always ask questions first if you're unsure - either here, or in sevenforums.

Good luck with it!
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24 Jun 2013   #26
c4wilson

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

I am pretty sure this is a dumb question. I downloaded the newest ISO but cannot install because I dont have SP1 and cannot update to it (obviously). So am I assuming correctly that the ISO i should download is Windows 7 Home Premium x64 RTM?
Thanks!
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24 Jun 2013   #27
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

No - downloas the SP1 Refresh version so that the repair will also do the update
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29 Jun 2013   #28
c4wilson

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Thank you all! After the repair it seems to be working well.
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29 Jun 2013   #29
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Glad to hear it!

Good luck with it
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