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Windows 7: Factory Defaulting a Sony Laptop but says serial key has expired.

23 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Factory Defaulting a Sony Laptop but says serial key has expired.

So, my Dad wanted my old laptop because I don't use it anymore. I factory defaulted it however, a message popups stating the following, "Sorry, this trial version expired on October 23, 2042." I'm not sure whether it's windows 7 or not. I really would like some help on this because there seems no other way around this without getting past this. I don't have the case anymore and the box.


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24 Oct 2012   #2

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Check the Time & Date in the BIOS.
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24 Oct 2012   #3
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If that fails and the Product Key is still readable on COA sticker then you can Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, or if it's Vista use Vista ISO download
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 Factory Defaulting a Sony Laptop but says serial key has expired.

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