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Windows 7: What Windows 7 to purchase to correct blocked key?

1 Week Ago   #1
RedDogMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
What Windows 7 to purchase to correct blocked key?

Last year I purchased a retail copy of Windows 7 Home 64bit from what I thought was a legitimate seller. About a month ago, Windows begain saying it was illegal. After some troubleshooting and calling the Microsoft Activation Desk, I learned that the key had been blocked by Microsoft for software piracy.

I would like to make the install proper again (legally). I have put a lot of work into the install am hoping that I will not have to start over again...but I also would prefer to not have to pay hundreds of dollars.

From what I have learned, a retail OEM copy should allow me to just perform a key change without reinstalling, but copies are pretty expensive. Otherwise, the only other option seams to be is to purchase a digital license and do a complete reinstall.

Do I have any other options?

Thanks for any advice you can give.


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1 Week Ago   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

The only rock-solid brickNmorter place I know from personal experience that has legal OEM Windows 7 Pro for sale is Altex Electronics. They have several locations. The one in Austin I think has some 30 copies of OEM still available. I know Altex is for real because I have purchased two sets of MS 32/64 TrueBlue [meaning not OEM] Windows 7 Pro for my two computers. A third upgrade [W7Pro] came from Fry's Electronics some time back.
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1 Week Ago   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

He needs Home Premium

Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium

I think Amazon backs up everything they sell, but I still think you`re taking a chance.

And you are correct, all you need is a legitimate key to activate your current install.
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4 Days Ago   #4
RedDogMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@RolandJS: I did check the Altex Electronics web site and they do not have Windows 7 advertised for sale...but I probably would call them if it comes down to me looking for a physical copy. So thanks for the info.
@AddRAM: Thanks for the help
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He needs Home Premium

Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium

I think Amazon backs up everything they sell, but I still think you`re taking a chance.

And you are correct, all you need is a legitimate key to activate your current install.
This is where I get confused and a bit nervous (which is why I decided to post here). So any valid key will can be used to perform a Key Change on a previously installed system? I read in a few places that some keys require a fresh install (such as system builder and digital download keys). As I mentioned above, I was getting the impression that buying a retail box was the only way I could go. Of course, if there is a more affordable option that does not require a fresh install, I would probably jump on it.
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4 Days Ago   #5
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

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