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Windows 7: Win7 activation error code 0xc004008

14 Sep 2015   #1
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 
Win7 activation error code 0xc004008

Windows 10 may eat you windows 7 key it did mine if using a virtual machine.

A phone call would mostly likely fix it but I am not ready for a permanent installation yet.

Here is what I did,
Installed windows 7 retail in virtual box it activated, upgrade to windows 10 and it activated.

So, I decided I wanted to try something different. I installed windows 7 change the key but this time it gave me an error code 0xc004008 when trying to activate windows 7 in a virtual machine.

I am curious to see if windows 10 will even activate on my computer from a clean install not using a virtual machine.

I think I over tested.


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14 Sep 2015   #2
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post

I think I over tested.
I think you should have cloned it then tested it
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15 Sep 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm thinking when you did this.

Code:
Installed windows 7 retail in virtual box it activated,  upgrade to windows 10 and it activated.
Your Windows 7 key is no longer available for use. Hopefully when you remove Windows 10 it will free up your Windows 7 key. I don't really know for sure but that is my thoughts.
I personally would not risk a perfectly good Windows 7 key getting Windows 10 free. It's not free if you waist a Windows 7 key on it.
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15 Sep 2015   #4
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I'm thinking when you did this.

Code:
Installed windows 7 retail in virtual box it activated,  upgrade to windows 10 and it activated.
Your Windows 7 key is no longer available for use. Hopefully when you remove Windows 10 it will free up your Windows 7 key. I don't really know for sure but that is my thoughts.
I personally would not risk a perfectly good Windows 7 key getting Windows 10 free. It's not free if you waist a Windows 7 key on it.
Layback Bear

I didn't want to confuse people that why I left that out. I thought I may have use the key one to many times. It looks like a phone call when ready will be needed. Actually, windows 7 should of activated. The reason, is the transferable rights-I know there is a considerable debate on this. People claim the key is not taken if you upgrade from 7 or 8.1 you should be able to re-install windows 7 or 8.1 and it activate without issue. Which means I was correct that windows 10 will eat your Windows 7 or 8.1 key. I am already aware that each virtual machine is a new computer. What will be interesting to see if windows 10 activates on a clean install on a physical machine not a virtual machine.



Which way should I do it?

Change the windows 7 key on a physical machine to the retail version?
If activation doesn't work, call in to Microsoft and explain I was testing with different ways to install windows 7 & 10 on a virtual machine and I messed up.

Or Should I install windows 7 retail on a virtual machine call in to Microsoft and explain I was testing with different ways to install windows 7 & 10 on a virtual machine and I messed up.
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15 Sep 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I really don't know the answer to your questions.
With all the problems I have read about people having problems going back to Windows 7 I personally wouldn't be playing games with one of my Windows 7 keys.
Of course it's your computer so you can play all you want.
When play time for Windows 10 comes to my house I will just buy it and then play.
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15 Sep 2015   #6
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Update. At least the clean install of windows 10 still works & gets activated on the physical machine. As far as the windows 7 retail, I haven't re-tested it on the physical machine.
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15 Sep 2015   #7
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I didn't want to confuse people that why I left that out.
Too late, you're still leaving details out...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
People claim the key is not taken if you upgrade from 7 or 8.1 you should be able to re-install windows 7 or 8.1 and it activate without issue.
You should be, without issue is subjective.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
Which means I was correct that windows 10 will eat your Windows 7 or 8.1 key
I'm sure if you keep playing and leaving out the details for others to assist, you'll prove that.

What exactly are you trying to do anyway?
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15 Sep 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding of what is being tried by groze, but of course I could be wrong.

1. Use a Windows 7 Retail key to up grade to Windows 10.
2. Use the same Windows 7 Retail key to use Windows 7 on another install.
All at the same time.

As far as I know that is using the same Windows 7 Retail key at the same time on two different installs and will not activate properly.

As long as that Windows 7 Retail key is tied up with Windows 10 upgrade it will not be available for any other install until Windows 10 is gone and releases the Windows 7 Retail key.

Come on groze give us some needed clues on what you are trying to do.
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15 Sep 2015   #9
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

@derekimo

I moved over to seven forum because my problem basically became a windows 7 activation issue and I saw it as a different issue. Sorry if that was wrong and sorry if I was confusing.

I like testing system. I do go overboard a little. It keeps me busy.

Here I will try again


1 installed Xubuntu 15.04 on primary partition one
2 installed virtual box
3 installed windows 7 on the Virtual Machine & it activated without issue
4 upgrade windows 7 on the Virtual Machine to windows 10 & it activated without issue

This is where I ran into problems.

5 remove windows 10 VM & tried a clean install and it wouldn't activate that the issue I reported over at the ten forum
6 re-installed Xubuntu 15.04 on primary partition one
7 re-installed virtual box
8 re-installed windows 7 on the Virtual Machine & this time it didn't activate and it gave me that error code. That why I posted here.

I was basically trying to get windows 7 retail to operate in a virtual machine on Xubuntu. I thought while I was at it, I would try upgrading to 10 in a virtual machine. Now, this time all I want to do is get windows 7 retail to work in the virtual machine.
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15 Sep 2015   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

That's fine, I didn't see your TF thread, I guess you are talking about this one,

Clean install of W10 not possible in Virtual Machine. - Windows 10 Forums

That info would have helped, leaving out info and starting with a nice gotcha title isn't very helpful.

I don't mind you tinkering, nothing wrong with that.

Your title hasn't been proven yet either, not sure what you were going with there.
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