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Windows 7: Activation issue

08 Jul 2010   #1

windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Activation issue

Hi. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Initially I upgraded from Vista 32-bit (so had to do a clean install). I used the product key to activate with no issues, but then had problems with major slowdown, now fixed. One of the things I tried doing was a clean install in case the cause was something that I'd added to the computer since the upgrade. Now however I'm being asked to activate Windows again but I'm getting this message:

"The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key:

Code:
0xC004F061

Description:
The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations."

Is there a way to fix this? Seeing as I only activated for the first time a few weeks ago and I was trying to fix a problem rather than get round the licensing agreement it seems a bit harsh.

(Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere already, searching for "activation" brought up a lot of irrelevant threads).

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08 Jul 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

When asked for the key, do not give it. Finish the install. Then when all done activate by phone and explain. Make sure the box indicating automatic activation is not checked.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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08 Jul 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Craig85, welcome to Seven Forums!




Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.


How to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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13 Jul 2010   #4

windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks folks - used the registry workaround and it worked a charm.
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13 Jul 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Craig85.





Glad you found a solution that works for you; thanks for the update.
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13 Jul 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Glad that is all worked out. Enjoy
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