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Windows 7: Says my key is only for upgrading, not activation?

27 May 2015   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Says my key is only for upgrading, not activation?

I'm trying to re-install win7 again and I'm trying to use the same key I've always had, but it's telling me it's not valid as it's only for upgrading, not fresh installs?

How is this possible when it is the original key?

How do I fix this so it activates properly?


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27 May 2015   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Define original key? Was the OS ever upgraded to Windows 7. Did you do the original install? Anyway have a look at this Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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27 May 2015   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Original key that came with my original win7 install DVD that I used to install it again with. This wasn't an upgrade, but a new clean install on a new SSD.
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27 May 2015   #4
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

ahh ok that .bat seemed to have worked, it says it has been activated/verified. right clicked computer/properties & it says windows is activated so now I'm going to try to do the upgrading, hopefully all goes well.
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27 May 2015   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

OK, fair enough, had to ask and confirm though. It's a full Retail DVD right, not a lower priced upgrade version? Just want to confirm that the original install wasn't an upgrade to an already installed OS. If it's a full Retail disk you shouldn't be getting that message.
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27 May 2015   #6
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

yes full retail version, says "backup disc not for resale"
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27 May 2015   #7
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
ahh ok that .bat seemed to have worked, it says it has been activated/verified. right clicked computer/properties & it says windows is activated so now I'm going to try to do the upgrading, hopefully all goes well.
If it's activated, I don't think you need to do the second upgrade install.
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27 May 2015   #8
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
yes full retail version, says "backup disc not for resale"
OK, weird you got that prompt then?
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27 May 2015   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #6
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yes full retail version, says "backup disc not for resale"
Very strange wording ("backup disc not for resale")

Where did you get this DVD from?
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28 May 2015   #10
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
yes full retail version, says "backup disc not for resale"
That is NOT a retail disk!
it's an OEM disk.


Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report -

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/234159-windows-genuine-activation-issue-posting-instructions.html

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/Hardware.aspx#PCPurchase
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