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Windows 7: How to check if new Windows 7 has already been activated

26 Jan 2014   #1
jgvanloo

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
How to check if new Windows 7 has already been activated

Hi,
Short background: I bought an official Windows 7 Home Edition, but made a mistake and choose 64 bit in stead of 32 bit.
I sold this version to a guy but he wants to return it. That's no problem to me but how can I verify that he hasn't already installed it and used the productcode to activate this version?

I am quite sure I can trust him, but I want to be safe.
Thanks
Guus
(Tilburg, Holland)


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26 Jan 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jgvanloo View Post
how can I verify that he hasn't already installed it and used the productcode to activate this version?
You can't without installing it yourself and then trying to activate it.
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27 Jan 2014   #3
jgvanloo

windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Might this work?
Microsoft offers the possibility to get support. This is free of charge if you can present a valid product-code. If I enter the product code of the Windows 7-cd, I get the message that the product code is not valid.
Could this mean that it hasn't been activated yet?

Thanks again
Guus
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27 Jan 2014   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jgvanloo View Post
Might this work?
Microsoft offers the possibility to get support. This is free of charge if you can present a valid product-code. If I enter the product code of the Windows 7-cd, I get the message that the product code is not valid.
Could this mean that it hasn't been activated yet?

Thanks again
Guus
Sorry, I've never come across that before, so I couldn't comment. NoelDP will know more about this than me, so I'll ask him to stop by here and offer his advice.
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27 Jan 2014   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

If you have the full product Key you can try ringing the Activation Center closest to you and asking them - they may or may not tell you.

Use the list from here...
https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/...n-centers.aspx
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