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Windows 7: Can't find Activation Key for Windows 7 ISO from Digital River

13 Aug 2013   #1
OldFangle

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Can't find Activation Key for Windows 7 ISO from Digital River

I first purchased Windows 7 Home Edition (32-bit), then upgraded online to Windows 7 Pro (32-bit).
The hal.dll corrupted and I couldn't fix the problem because I only had the Home Edition discs.

Several sources in Forums advised me to fix the problem using a boot disk from an ISO downloaded from Digital River.
That disc couldn't fix the hal.dll problem either so I did the Custom Install. That put a new installation of Windows 7 Pro on the computer.
Now I'm being asked for the Activation Key. The Key I was given when I upgraded to Pro isn't being accepted. I'm told that the Key I was given only works for the Windows 7 Pro upgrade..!

I've signed-on to the Microsoft site and followed links around for a while, but I can't find any understandable information about my problem. How do I get the Activation Key for Windows 7 Pro now that it's been reinstalled?

Thanks


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13 Aug 2013   #2
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Unfortunately I think you are going to have to install it the way you started install home first then upgrade to pro
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14 Aug 2013   #3
OldFangle

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Can you point me to more information about that? My paid product failed and I was forced to replace it and now I can't find a way to get an Activation Key for this OS obtained legally from Digital River. All I did was replace a broken Windows 7 Pro with a working copy. Is there a specific reason why I can't provide proof of purchase to Microsoft and get this current installation Activated?
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14 Aug 2013   #4
VistaKing

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

Take a look at this link below

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Do Option Three
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14 Aug 2013   #5
OldFangle

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

I don't think I need to do Option Three in that example. I'm not getting an Error Code 0xc004f061. I'm not getting any error codes at all. I'm just told I need to Activate the OS.
I think I should change the Product Key. I've looked through the files on the boot disc I made from that .ISO, but I don't know what I'm looking for. I'm just guessing, of course, but if I could figure how to get a Product Key for the OS that's installed now, maybe I can get an Activation Key for that.
Do you know where I could find that Product Key?
Thanks
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14 Aug 2013   #6
VistaKing

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

The product key should be in your Microsoft ID that was created when you purchased the key .
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14 Aug 2013   #7
OldFangle

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

The Activation prompt isn't accepting the original Product Key. It says that the Windows 7 Pro product key I'm giving it pertains to that upgrade, not to the software that's installed now.
So I've paid for Windows 7 Pro, which failed, and was replaced with a copy from Digital River, which I can't Activate maybe because I need a different Product Key. I didn't see any mention of any of this when I downloaded that ISO and reinstalled from the boot disc. And like I said, I'm just guessing that maybe this is the reason for the trouble.

Thanks
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14 Aug 2013   #8
VistaKing

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

You had Windows 7 Home Premium purchased Professional Upgrade key using the Anytime upgrade . Then you reinstalled Win 7 Pro ?
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14 Aug 2013   #9
OldFangle

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Yes, that's correct.
It started with a "hal.dll" error message. The OS wouldn't boot. I put out 'feelers' on a few Forums and the most common replies agreed that I should download Windows 7 Pro .ISO from Digital River and from that boot disc attempt to fix the hal.dll problem.
I went down the list of options on the menu supplied by the boot disc but nothing worked to fix the problem, and the final option was Custom Install. So that's what I finally did since nothing else worked.
Over the last several days I've been reinstalling all my applications, getting everything setup again...

Thanks.
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14 Aug 2013   #10
VistaKing

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

Ok so do the option 3 in the tutorial I gave you . To activate an upgrade key you'd have to reinstall win7pro on top of your current install from within windows or use the reg hack that is on option 3 of the tutorial on how to do a clean install with an upgrade media .
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