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Windows 7: Product Key from Factory clone

13 Jul 2014   #1
Peroxis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Product Key from Factory clone

Is there anyway of me obtaining a product key or at least activating windows 7 on this drive?

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I have just had issues with windows becoming unusable on its original drive.
Everything else was working fine only windows really had any issues.
So I have tried to install windows on another drive and keep it dedicated to windows but I don't have a Product Key because it was put on by the company that assembled the PC.

I do still have it installed on my other hard drive but I am unable to remove it, the way this is set up now I can at least still access everything on the drive. I would like to remove windows from the other drive but I wouldn't know how.


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13 Jul 2014   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Several ways to do it :

Make an image of your original windows installation.

Then restore the image to the new HD.

After that, try a repair install to fix your windows issues.

You will need to make bootable media to do the restore, the program below does it for you as well as creating and restoring images.

Best imaging program - the standard version is free :

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Free Backup and Restore Software


Select System Backup http://www.backup-utility.com/system...-software.html

To create bootable restore media: http://www.backup-utility.com/featur...able-disc.html



Try this first:


Another way - probably simpler - but only if your 7 was either a regular retail or a system builder pre install. You would probably have that if it is a desktop from a specialist manufacturer, like chillblast, palicomp, or similar. From your system specs, that seems likely.You can find the product key with any number of programs , produkey for example. http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
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13 Jul 2014   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

The company that assembled the PC is obliged to affix a COA sticker with the product Key on it to the machine - are you saying they neglected to do that (or haven't you looked?)

Is the hard drive the ONLY change you made to the system?
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14 Jul 2014   #4
Peroxis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have the windows 7 CD etc but there is no product key.
I used a program to find my key before but it said I couldn't use a factory key or something.
forget exactly what it said but I installed the program after using it.

Yeh hard drive is only change, I had same 3 drives in before but luckily one I had barely used.
If I create an image wouldn't that possibly be copying whatever problems I previously had with windows before?

I will try contact the manufacturer to give me a key
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14 Jul 2014   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

If the machine came preinstalled and you don't have a COA sticker, you have no license to use Windows. If you paid the manufacturer for a machine with a Windows license, then they are either guilty of fraud or at least of misrepresentation - and can be prosecuted. You should pursue them with threats of legal action (and mean it!).
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14 Jul 2014   #6
Peroxis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well its confusing because I have a sticker. And on it does say COA Barcodes so I imagine that's the COA sticker
but it doesn't have a product key on it, so its kind of confusing.

It says.

OEM System Builder Pack
Intended for system builders ONLY
www.microsoft.com/oem

If you open this package:
Each individual software license inside this package may ONLY be distributed with a fully assembled computer.

Which would all be fine if reformatting wasn't something that had to happen sometimes.
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14 Jul 2014   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

That's not a COA sticker - although it indicates that there should be one - it's the sticker from the OUTSIDE of the OEM_SB package (which includes the COA sticker on the inside)
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14 Jul 2014   #8
Peroxis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Theres a chance ive lost it since I have moved recently.
though don't think I would have needed to use my windows 7 cd before.

Is there any easy way to just buy a new key? I don't feel like I have any other options
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14 Jul 2014   #9
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

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14 Jul 2014   #10
Peroxis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I used something like that before got a key but it said I wasn't allowed to activate with it. because its for new system only or something.
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