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Windows 7: Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit not genuine after clean install

30 Nov 2013   #11
Henfracar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Interesting error message - 0xC004F050 - it's not one of the usual ones for Win7. - it does however indicate that the license code is invalid.

Please attempt validation at www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate using Internet Explorer - what happens??
Same as with Opera; 'evaluation period for this software expired".


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30 Nov 2013   #12
Henfracar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

That should be 'evaluation period".
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30 Nov 2013   #13
NoelDP

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

That message is normally one which would only be seen with Beta releases.
Ah - I see what the problem is...


The problem is that your system is unable to properly read the BIOS SLIC table that should be present in the system to be able to self-activate the OS.

You need to change the Product Key to the one on the COA sticker on the machine's case (or inside the battery compartment), using the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System properties page.


You may need to activate by phone.
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30 Nov 2013   #14
Henfracar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
That message is normally one which would only be seen with Beta releases.
Ah - I see what the problem is...


The problem is that your system is unable to properly read the BIOS SLIC table that should be present in the system to be able to self-activate the OS.

You need to change the Product Key to the one on the COA sticker on the machine's case (or inside the battery compartment), using the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System properties page.


You may need to activate by phone.
Ok,
I'll try the phone method, but that's the key which came with the machine and Belarc also identifies that as the OS key.
Thanks much, will post back to let you know of further developments,
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30 Nov 2013   #15
NoelDP

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Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. It also checks for the existence of proper matching licenses in the OS itself. Once it sees both, it self-activates every time the machine is rebooted.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. This key is for use if the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.
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30 Nov 2013   #16
Henfracar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. It also checks for the existence of proper matching licenses in the OS itself. Once it sees both, it self-activates every time the machine is rebooted.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. This key is for use if the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.
What I see is an ID # (20 digits) and the OS key (25 digits).
Hey, by the way; I also have a 3x Family pack which has not been fully utilised. Can I use the product key drom that to activate online instead of the original LENOVO one? Or can I use that to reinstall on my machine?
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30 Nov 2013   #17
Golden
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Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Use the 25 character key on the COA sticker.
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30 Nov 2013   #18
NoelDP

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

The Family pack Key can only be input during ab upgrade install - not in cases like this.
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30 Nov 2013   #19
gregrocker

 

Please click Edit on your first post, use mouse to highlight the MGAdiag report results and then click the # symbol on Edit bar to include it all in a codebox so it doesn't display three screens wide.

If you audited the Product Key with Belarc when you had the factory pre-installed Win7 on the PC that is not the same key as on the COA sticker and it cannot be used to re-activate with a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Use the Product Key on the COA sticker. If you used a Win7 Premium installer and that's the version printed on your COA sticker then it will always activate. What usually happens is that a letter or number like 8 or B is transposed. But it's never failed to activate in tens of thousands of reinstalls we've helped with here.

Did you also delete all partitions as it says in tutorial, create and format a new one to get the cleanest install - as shown in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 which illustrate the actual install steps?
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01 Dec 2013   #20
Henfracar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
The Family pack Key can only be input during ab upgrade install - not in cases like this.
Hi Guys,
After a good night's rest and 'sleeping on it' I've solved my problem.
I tried the phone method but was asked to call back by the agent who answered my call.
While waiting on time I browsed other similar articles on your forum and found one which referred to using an upgrade license to activate. This morning I thought,'what the heck, I have nothing to lose'.
My options, garnered from your excellent articles seem limited to buying a new license or getting a LENOVO Rescue disk from somewhere; or reinstalling my old XP Pro then using my 3x Family Upgrade license to upgrade to Win 7 " was I on the right track in that last statement"?
Anyway this morning I was successful in activating using the 3x Family Upgrade license. So all's well that ends well, and my sincere thanks to all who directed their efforts to assist me in my hour of need.
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