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Windows 7: installed it, love it, but activation???

02 Feb 2010   #1
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
installed it, love it, but activation???

hi there. been running 7 sucessfully (thanks to this forum) for about a month now. i now have the 'not a genuine copy' message on my desktop.

so when the reminder bubble appeared this evening i thought i'd register it. typed the key found on the inlay in and clicked next. got an error message saying this version cannot be registered for clean installs. only upgrades.

i did a clean install so does that mean i have to stick to an unregistered version?

thanks for any help in advance


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02 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

Here's what you can do: Do a Repair Install. Seeing as it is already installed, you will effectively be doing an Upgrade, and can use your key to activate.

Also see Shawn's excellent tutorial Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
~JK
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02 Feb 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Hello,

Here's what you can do: Do a Repair Install. Seeing as it is already installed, you will effectively be doing an Upgrade, and can use your key to activate.

Also see Shawn's excellent tutorial Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
~JK
Yes that is one very good solution, but there is also another, which I offer only so you may choose what is best for you.

You can use the chart that I will provide, to call and activate. It will be done with a touch tone phone. If there is a problem you will be elevated to a very cooperative rep, who will activate for you.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/e...n-centers.aspx
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02 Feb 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Yes that is one very good solution, but there is also another, which I offer only so you may choose what is best for you.

You can use the chart that I will provide, to call and activate. It will be done with a touch tone phone. If there is a problem you will be elevated to a very cooperative rep, who will activate for you.

Microsoft Volume Licensing - Activation Centers
Very good, Rich. I have added that link as a bookmark for future reference.
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02 Feb 2010   #5
theblueflash

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok. i may call to activate as im freshly setup and am not comfortable with another install on top as im worried it may disrupt files etc. i'll look into this later in the week as im away until the weekend. any other suggestions let me know.

thanks
Duncan
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02 Feb 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Go ahead and follow Richard's suggestion, but if you choose to take mine instead, note that the Repair Install will not touch your files and programs. It only affects the OS, nothing else.
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02 Feb 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You have been given two very good choices. Take the one that makes you the most comfortable, they both should work.

One last thing Duncan, have a blast this weekend.
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02 Feb 2010   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You can also use Option 3 in this tutorial which doesn't require a Repair Install or a phone call:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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