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Windows 7: Invalid product key

23 Oct 2009   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Hi pimpstaremre, zigzag doesn't want you to clip and paste your key here .... he's asking if you can type it then clip and paste it in the boxes.

Now, I know that won't work So, yes ... you need to type each letter and number exactly as they appear. If you have any zero's and o's make sure you've typed the correct one.

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23 Oct 2009   #12

Windows XP

nope im sure not..
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23 Oct 2009   #13
Hollow Man

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

If you used the installer to wipe out the partitions you should've been fine. Regardless...

Install Windows 7 again over the existing one and assuming your key is legit, it should let you activate after the second install.

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23 Oct 2009   #14

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pimpstaremre View Post
yeah group of 5 x 5 .. but i aint typing it wrong.. i know.. i treid it so manny times.. even reinstallt whole win 7 again.. but still wont work
but i aint telling the key here ..
Hate to say but Ms is having monster troubles with digital river keys. You may end up having to call them.

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23 Oct 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pimpstaremre View Post
yeah i will .. but i still dont get why they put a invalid key at the box its MICROSOFT the biggist SOFTWARE companny there is.. they shouldnt make mistakes like this!!
Have you called Microsoft yet?
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23 Oct 2009   #16

Windows xp

I had this same problem. Try it again without any key - just leave it blank. Worked for me.
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23 Oct 2009   #17
Microsoft MVP


Those who cannot activate after clean install to formatted HDD with Upgrade media are almost all reporting success by doing an upgrade over the install (repair install) which should then take the key and allow activation from the Computer properties page activation link.
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23 Oct 2009   #18

windows 7

I have been playing phone tag with microsoft for 2 days now. They are being pretty helpful, I wish they would just give me a key that would work so I could really start using my new OS! I tried installing the upgrade over the first install, but still no luck. The tech at microsoft promised me they would make it happen. We shall see! Windows seven rocks though, faster than XP on the same equipment!
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23 Oct 2009   #19

Windows 7

I am also a IT guy and have installed 100s of OSs.. Purchased a upgrade version of the Pro flavor Win 7 for myself. The bloody key is invalid...
Enter product key screen" the key that i am entering is INVALID?????

Called Microsoft and they tell me they cant help me tonight... the system is down !!!

Hello !!! I just spent $200 +++ and the key registers INVALID.... wasted my friday night,,,,,,,
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23 Oct 2009   #20
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whitenelly View Post
I had this same problem. Try it again without any key - just leave it blank. Worked for me.
Are you saying that after having your key rejected on a clean install from boot, you tried a clean install from boot a second time without the key and it took the key and activated?

This might mean it isnt' necessary to run the Upgrade again over itself (Vista "upgrade over upgrade" trick to clean install) in order to get it to activate.

At what point did you insert the key, after your second attempt when you went to activate on the Properties page?
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