Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows activation issues on fresh install of Win7 Home Premium?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
Darkstrike

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Windows activation issues on fresh install of Win7 Home Premium?

Hi all - I was given a slightly rough, but fully functional Acer Aspire E1-431 laptop by a friend. It's a bit rough, cosmetically, but mechanically it is perfect. I had a bit more RAM to give it a boost laying around, so popped that in and installed Win7 Home Premium 64-bit onto it.

All has gone well, but now that everything is installed, it's telling me the license key is invalid. As mentioned, it's pretty rough, so all the stickers are worn off the bottom of the laptop (manufacturer, warning, etc. including the Windows 7 Home Premium license sticker). I figured it wasn't a big deal because it had a running copy of Windows 7 Home Premium installed when it was given to me, so I used ProduKey to retrieve the Windows 7 Home Premium license key it was already running with the intent of using that key again when I reinstalled Windows and wiped their data from it.

Is there something up that the license key I pulled from a known running install won't reactivate on the same machine? All I did was pull the key using Produkey as the license sticker on the bottom is illegible, then reinstalled Win7 Home Premium from a verified DVD and re-entered the same license key...?


Any help is appreciated! :)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
3 Weeks Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

The key you retrieve from a OEM computer can't be used. It's a generic key.
You have two options:
- If you still have the Recovery partition you can do a factory recover.
- If you can read the COA sticker license key you can insert on the installation you did. Look under the case and under the battery.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
3 Weeks Ago   #3
Darkstrike

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Damn, no Recovery Partition, and the sticker is illegible....Linux Mint it is then! It's a spare computer to me as I already have a Win10 desktop and better laptop, so spending more for a new key wouldn't make sense at this point. :)

Thanks anyway for all the help folks! :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 Windows activation issues on fresh install of Win7 Home Premium?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Acer Travelmate 6291 fresh install win7 home-premium 64
Hallo, i just do clean install win7 to my friend old laptop, BSOD appears sometime after restart, it happen after putting some base drivers!
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD Fresh install of windows 7 home premium
After reloading win7 h.p. back to my laptop from the factory disks, and doing all windows updates, I am getting BSOD at what appears to be random times. Can be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour after rebooting. I have attached the .zip file created with the awesome...
BSOD Help and Support
Fresh windows home premium 64bit install, important drivers are gone!
Windows 7 re-install driver recovery failure Hello everyone. For one reason or another, i decided to re install windows 7 onto my Samsung 7 Chronos. Since I've had no issues in the past with re installing vista on my other machine, i mistakenly thought this would be a walk in the park. Anyway, now...
Drivers
Replace bloated HP OEM Win7 Home Premium with fresh retail install
Hi, I got a brand new HP laptop with great specs but there is so much bloat on the Win7 Home Premium install, it takes nearly 2 minutes to boot. It doesn't come with any recovery media, but I see a recovery partition and I don't want to restore into a bloatware setup again. I have a Windows...
Windows Updates & Activation
New build, fresh install of Win7 home prem. Issues
Ok, so I built a new PC lastnight and proceeded to install what I thought to be Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. After the installation was done, I checked system properties and it's showing as a 32bit OS. Here are my system specs: AMD Phenom II x6 1055T Thuban 2.8Ghz Processor 4Gb of G.Skill...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:27.
Twitter Facebook Google+