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Windows 7: Unable to use upgrade key - error code 0xc004f061

15 Jan 2016   #11
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Do a clean install with original W7 disk. Activate, go to and select upgrade in programs menu, enter your upgrade code, reboot and done. Worked for me a month ago.
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As an afterthought I cleaned with Diskpart first.
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19 Jan 2016   #12
GrahamU

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
Do a clean install with original W7 disk. Activate, go to and select upgrade in programs menu, enter your upgrade code, reboot and done. Worked for me a month ago.
Art.
As an afterthought I cleaned with Diskpart first.
Art.
Thanks. Was hoping not to do this but looks like I have no option.
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19 Jan 2016   #13
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Did you try the registry workaround from post #10 ? interested to know if it would work or what the outcome would be in your scenario
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19 Jan 2016   #14
GrahamU

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
Have a look at option 3 here - Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version gives you the registry edit workaround for your exact problem

May or may not work as you already have a dodgy slic installed ???
Hi Pauly,

I could not do that as the Ultimate version was acquired through Windows Anytime Update. Therefore I do not have media for the upgrade version - only the original prior to the upgrade. And that product key does not work on the new install.

I may just purchase Win 10 and do a clean install with that rather than mess around with multiple installs and then update to Win 10 anyway.
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19 Jan 2016   #15
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Did you try option three ? all you need is the key not the media
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19 Jan 2016   #16
GrahamU

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yes I did. Message received was that the key is only valid for an upgrade not clean install. Even though the registry value for ...CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/MediaBootInstall still has a value of zero.

Have also tried the original key and that was not valid on the version installed.

So I have 2 product keys that I have purchased and neither work on this install that was done by the repair shop.
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19 Jan 2016   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Don't even look for any kind of Windows 7 keys by themselves.

This is from our expert Noel.

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Can buy Windows key without media.

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There are NO legal sales of Keys for Windows other than with accompanying software - if you buy from this shop it will almost certainly turn out to be a counterfeit copy. Most such sales will work for a limited period, until the number of activations exceeds the limit, at which time MS will Block the Key from further activations and all current installs will become flagged as non-genuine.
If you've already made a purchase and installed the product I recommend that you visit the Windows 7 Genuine forum and read the Announcements and stickies there - and post an MGADiag report to have the key checked.
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19 Jan 2016   #18
GrahamU

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Layback Bear, that is what I have found - no legit copies for sale. All are from PC's that have been allegedly "decommissioned". As I want to keep my copy being Genuine, I have no option on this one. Upgarde to Win 10 and pay the price.

Have been taught a lesson about PC repairs though. Do not trust the repair guy. I should have purchased a new disk and installed all myself. An expensive lesson!

Thanks
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19 Jan 2016   #19
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I think we are missing a trick here, its only your Ultimate upgrade you are having a problem with - theres nothing to stop you clean installing your original Win 7 version and activating with your original key

If this works ok you can then take the free upgrade route to win 10 currently on offer from MS - the only draw back will be that Ultimate would have upgraded to Win 10 Pro but lower copies of 7 upgrade to Win 10 Home
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