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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation/Activation Problem

25 Apr 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows 7 Installation/Activation Problem

I have a laptop, and a desktop PC.

The desktop PC came with a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit installation disc. The laptop, however, did not. When I first booted the laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit was ready to setup and didn't need a disc.

Recently, my laptop broke, so I wanted to reinstall Windows 7 on it, so I used the disc I got with my desktop PC to do so. It works, but when I try to activate it using the activation code on the back of my LAPTOP, it doesn't work, and I need to activate Windows so I can install Windows 10 for free. It seems that I'd have to use my desktop PC's code with my desktop PC's installation disc, but obviously that code is being used by my desktop PC.

Am I going to have to purchase Windows 7/10 again or is there a (free) way around this?

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25 Apr 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

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25 Apr 2016   #3

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware

Doesn't gatherosstate.exe need to be run on an activated machine ?
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25 Apr 2016   #4

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

As your destop was a custom build, the licence was either OEM system builder or Retail, this means that there is no SLIC table.
Your laptop was presumably an OEM (dell/advent/asus/acer/etc)
and its activation is dependent on a SLIC table being present.
you can check by running this tool, copy and paste it for confirmation.

SLIC tables can be created but i dont how to make one.

You could call MS and explain your situation but im not sure if youll get lucky
MS UK 0800 0188354

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