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Windows 7: Product key won't work

10 Jun 2010   #1

 
Product key won't work

I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my computer and I MUST activate it with a new product key. OK with that.
So purchased a new, unopened, legal OEM Windows 7 Ultimate. Was going to use that product key to change the product key on my installed Windows 7. Tried it and was not accepted. Not real upset about it because I can do a clean install of the OEM Windows 7. However, I have the installed one set up the way I want and would rather not have to reinstall all my programs.
Is my problem that I am trying an OEM key with a non-OEM installation?


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10 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Is this still the old seven you had that wasn't activating or something?

It's not the one you're talking about here is it?
Bad installation media I think

I'm not sure about the oem or not, but with all the problems you've been having you may just want to bite the bullet, do the clean install and be rid of the problems.
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10 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
Is my problem that I am trying an OEM key with a non-OEM installation?
Yes it would be the problem.
OEM key Must be on OEM install
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10 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Yes, OEM key is locked to that install disk.
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10 Jun 2010   #5

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

before giving up & doing a clean install, try doing an in-place update install.

see this linky
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10 Jun 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

IMO... Upgrade installs tend to be an iffy proposition at best... A clean install is the recommended path, and the option to give you less problems...
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10 Jun 2010   #7

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

The OEM key will get tied to the hardware only AFTER activation. All Windows 7 disks are identical, a disk may install only a particular version because ei.cfg is configured that way. Also branded OEM disks (not the one you have) are customized by the Royalty OEMs in special ways.

I see no reason why your OEM key should not activate your existing install. Can you tell us exactly what error you get? Post a screenie.
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10 Jun 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Yes, OEM key is locked to that install disk.
Quote:
Yes it would be the problem.
OEM key Must be on OEM install
I don't where you guys heard that. It is not the case.

blockie is taking about a purchased packaged product - called System builder (oem ).

That is completely different from the pre installed oem versions.


Bill,

I would do a clean install - you have had so many issues with that installation - ( I think you originally bought what turned out to be a pirated version ? )
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10 Jun 2010   #9

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

SIW2,

I agree Blockie should do a clean install IF there is no way that key will work.


Blockie,

Just try one thing. No, its nothing radical. Open CMD as administrator, at the prompt type:

slmgr -rearm

Hit Enter. Close the cmd window.

Now try using your new product key.
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10 Jun 2010   #10

 

AFTER I ATTEMPT TO CHANGE MY PRODUCT KEY TO THE ONE I RECEIVED WITH THE OEM Windows 7 I PURCHASED, THIS IS THE MESSAGE I GOT.
The attempt to change was made via Start...Computer....Properties. Sorry about the CAPS. Didn't realize that Caps Lock was on until I looked up.


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