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Windows 7: Activated too many times.

16 May 2010   #1
bilzmale

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Activated too many times.

I installed Win 7 OEM a few months ago but have had a lot of stability problems with my PC. I have done 3 or 4 fresh installs and about 4 or 5 upgrade installs.

On the latest fresh install it is returning an error message Code 0xC004C008 which translates that I have used all my install attempts.

I have checked the registry entries HL_Loc_Mach/Software/MS/Win/currentversion/setup/OOBE/MediaBootInstall and it is set to zero.

I have tried the automated phone activation and it also tells me 'too many times'. I got connected to an operator (with a dreadful accent) but that was then disconnected.

Before I contact Microsoft again does anyone have advice? Are MS likely to reset my Activation count or will they expect me to pay for a new Product Key?

PS PC is now stable thanks to advice from this forum.


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17 May 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Call MS. Thats the only option.
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17 May 2010   #3
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x2 + Windows 10, Ubuntu
 
 

As Bill2 has said - Contact Microsoft and take time to explain the full story - you should be OK.

I would also add that anyone with ongoing issues such as yourself should consider not registering the key and activating the product on each install straight away - Use the rearm procedure to get 120 days of use for testing the changes fully, only activating when you are sure that things have settled.
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17 May 2010   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bilzmale View Post
I got connected to an operator (with a dreadful accent) but that was then disconnected.
Unfortunately, like others have mentioned, contacting MS again is your only recourse.

With any luck, you may actually get to speak to somebody that is easy to understand/ talk to and be able to explain your situation fully.
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17 May 2010   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

I personally never activate Windows. I run in that 120 day period. Every 30 days I normally reinstall Windows on my computers. I do this to clean up the mess I usually make on my computers, so for me it is to my advantage to never activate. I do own licenses for each copy I only withhold inputting the serial keys. As far as I recall, it is legal to run Windows this way.

I never have to worry about activation limits or upgrading Hardware issues.
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17 May 2010   #6
bilzmale

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the advice - will contact MS and plead my case. Can someone clarify the re-arm procedure of 120 days?

Bill
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17 May 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sure, open an elevated command prompt and enter slmgr -rearm.

See this tutorial if you need more: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html
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17 May 2010   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

The ultimate solution (IMHO) is to create a backup image of your system as soon as you have it setup... you can restore the image as many times as you want without having to worry about activation.. Good luck!
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17 May 2010   #9
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

Tews is spot on with that advice, first thing I do when I have my rig running the way I want is a full image


Steve
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17 May 2010   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
I personally never activate Windows. I run in that 120 day period. Every 30 days I normally reinstall Windows on my computers. I do this to clean up the mess I usually make on my computers, so for me it is to my advantage to never activate. I do own licenses for each copy I only withhold inputting the serial keys. As far as I recall, it is legal to run Windows this way.

I never have to worry about activation limits or upgrading Hardware issues.
I know quite a many users who are doing it in your way. Regular re-installs keep the computer clean, that's true.

If the user has a valid license, it's IMO up to that user how and when to activate. However, EULA makes it quite clear that bypassing activation by re-installing or any other way is not allowed:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft Windows 7 EULA
4. MANDATORY ACTIVATION.

Activation associates the use of the software with a specific computer. During activation, the software will send information about the software and the computer to Microsoft. This information includes the version, language and product key of the software, the Internet protocol address of the computer, and information derived from the hardware configuration of the computer. For more information, see go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=104609.

By using the software, you consent to the transmission of this information. If properly licensed, you have the right to use the version of the software installed during the installation process up to the time permitted for activation. Unless the software is activated, you have no right to use the software after the time permitted for activation.

This is to prevent its unlicensed use. You are not permitted to bypass or circumvent activation. If the computer is connected to the Internet, the software may automatically connect to Microsoft for activation. You can also activate the software manually by Internet or telephone. If you do so, Internet and telephone service charges may apply. Some changes to your computer components or the software may require you to reactivate the software. The software will remind you to activate it until you do.
Of course, in reality Microsoft has no way to control this. But, as I said above, it is very clearly against the EULA.

Kari


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