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Windows 7: What happens if I don't activate Windows

26 Apr 2010   #1
drewpul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Signature Edition
 
 
What happens if I don't activate Windows

What happens if you don't activate a copy of Windows. I used it for awhile and then entered the "hack" to allow 120 before activating Windows Ultimate. Today when I turned on my computer and it notified that my copy was "not genuine." My copy is obviously legit, but I am using this copy on my junk computer and want to save the code for when/if I get a newer computer in the future.

What will happen if I don't do anything? All I noticed is that my background turned black, and a few annoying popups. Other than that it is fully usable for what I use it for.

Any suggestions??


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26 Apr 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi drewpul,

Here's an FAQ from Microsoft on activating Windows: Quick start: Activation FAQ

Let me know if you have any questions!

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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26 Apr 2010   #3
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

My bad, that's the one for Windows Vista. Here's the FAQ for Windows 7: Activating Windows: frequently asked questions

Basically, after the grace period ends you'll be logged out (but not shut down) periodically.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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26 Apr 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You could always just reinstall it every 120 days as well.
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26 Apr 2010   #5
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

If this is a retail copy of win7 then simply go ahead and use the key to activate, when the time comes to re-install on a new computer a quick toll free call to MS is all that should be needed to transfer the license.
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28 Apr 2010   #6
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

besides the black desktop it will say the build and version in the bottom desktop also after expiry the computer will shut down every 2 hours
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28 Apr 2010   #7
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yep, what Barman said. If it is a full retail copy, go ahead and activate. When you want to move it to another computer in the future, you will be able to do so (with a call to MSFT). If it is an OEM copy, Windows 7 is tied to your system and you will not be able to move it anyway, so why not activate?

Here is more on genuine Windows, if you are interested - Genuine Microsoft Software

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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07 May 2010   #8
drewpul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Signature Edition
 
 

Thanks guys, I decieded to activate it, however I CANT FIND THE CODE!!

I bought win 7 pro online from microsoft throught the $40 college deal. I have the DVD in a white sleeve. On it is the pink,blue and green label Cerrficate of Authencity.

Where is the code? On my other laptop when I installed Win Ultimate, it had a yellow stiker with the 25 diget code. My pro disk does not.

I thought that I could activate by phone, but it doesn't give me the option. It has been over 30 days so is this why??

Any help would be appreciated
-Drew
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07 May 2010   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You should have been given the serial key code via your student email account.
Re-check there for it.
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07 May 2010   #10
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drewpul View Post
Thanks guys, I decieded to activate it, however I CANT FIND THE CODE!!

I bought win 7 pro online from microsoft throught the $40 college deal. I have the DVD in a white sleeve. On it is the pink,blue and green label Cerrficate of Authencity.

Where is the code? On my other laptop when I installed Win Ultimate, it had a yellow stiker with the 25 diget code. My pro disk does not.

I thought that I could activate by phone, but it doesn't give me the option. It has been over 30 days so is this why??

Any help would be appreciated
-Drew
A third party app like jellybean keyfinder will find it for you on the disk


Ken
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