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Windows 7: Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See

02 Apr 2016   #140
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Not trying to burst your bubble but there is no way MJB knows what is on that COA sticker unless you used that key to install previously.

Comparing the OEM SLP key that MJB is reading to the completely different COA key is not really going to help, but considering that character resembles an X it's certainly worth trying. It would be coincidence if it was though.
You are most likely correct! It was just a thought... Tbh, I'm trying to better understand the whole OEM: COA / SLP / NONSLP differences. I know that if you purchase a retail version of Win7, then only the retail product key can activate it. As for the other versions, I'm thoroughly confused!


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03 Apr 2016   #141
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #140

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You are most likely correct! It was just a thought... Tbh, I'm trying to better understand the whole OEM: COA / SLP / NONSLP differences. I know that if you purchase a retail version of Win7, then only the retail product key can activate it. As for the other versions, I'm thoroughly confused!
I believe this will help you understand.

https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/...enuinewindows7



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Windows License Types Explained.

Each Windows license type confers rights and imposes restrictions on its use. This is a brief summary of the license types most often discussed in this forum. Your license type can be determined by running the MGADiag Tool and inspecting the report. Look for the two lines that are similar to:

Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail



Most common license types:

- KMS Client and Volume MAK

- OEM SLP and COA SLP

- OEM System Builder

- Retail



Explanations:

- KMS Client and Volume MAK product keys, are volume license keys that are not-for-resale. They are issued by organizations for use on client computers associated in some way with the organization. Volume license keys may not be transferred with the computer if the computer changes ownership. Consult your organization or the Volume Licensing Service Center for help with volume license keys.

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/...ls.aspx?id=127

- OEM SLP and COA SLP product keys, are issued by large computer manufacturers and use SLP (System Locked Pre-installation) technology to bind the license to the original motherboard via the BIOS and software.

The OEM SLP keys self-activate if the corresponding data in the BIOS is correct. OEM SLP keys, which the user can read in the MGADiag report or software like KeyFinder, cannot be used by the end user to manually activate Windows. The COA SLP key is printed on a sticker affixed to the side of the computer case (desktops), or on the bottom of the case (laptops), or in the battery compartment (newer laptops). This is the key for the user to enter manually should he need to activate Windows himself.

- OEM System Builder, product keys are for use by smaller system builders, computer shops, consultants, and others who provide computers and services to their customers. A system builder is defined by the System Builder license as "an original equipment manufacturer, an assembler, a refurbisher, or a software pre-installer that sells the Customer System(s) to a third party." A person who builds a computer for his own use or for friends and family is not a system builder as defined by the System Builder license. The correct license for these cases is Retail.

OEM keys are not-for-resale and may not be transferred to another computer. They may, however, be transferred with the computer if the computer is transferred to new ownership.

- Retail, product keys are what the customer gets when he buys a Full Packaged Product (FPP), commonly known as a "boxed copy", of Windows from a retail merchant or purchases Windows online from the Microsoft Store.

The term "retail" used in licensing has nothing to do with how the user purchases Windows, however, but refers to certain rights granted by retail licenses. A retail license may be transferred to another computer so long as the number of computers licensed does not exceed the licensing limit. In most cases, the limit is one.

Some retail licenses are not-for-resale. Licenses obtained from a subscription such as MSDN, TechNet, BizSpark, and complimentary copies are not-for-resale. Subscription and complimentary licenses are transferrable to a new computer by the subscriber/recipient only. They may not be transferred with a computer that changes ownership. Such licenses are classified as "retail" because, unlike OEM licenses, they are transferrable to a different computer.

Retail licenses may be either Upgrade licenses or Full Rights licenses. Microsoft uses "upgrade" to mean both an installation methodology and a licensing right. Don't confuse the two meanings. As a licensing right "upgrade" means that the customer is given credit (residual value) for the old Windows license because it is being superseded by the new upgrade license. Upgrade licenses are sold at a reduced price compared to the Full Rights license for this reason. However, the user must own a previous Windows license qualifying for the upgrade in order to take advantage of the reduced price. Further, the user may not re-use the old, superseded license.

Full Rights retail licenses do not supersede a preceding license regardless of how the software is installed.
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18 Jul 2016   #142
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Shawn mate have they changed the rules about fidning out if the activation on a machine is correct?
I have a laptop that was a downgrade from 8.1 to 7 Pro and when I run MJB and Belarc they both give me the same code yet when I check with Microsoft they give me a message about checking with the seller and that as you may know is easier said than done.

I am sure I checked the machine when I first got it - just about four months ago and it returned as genuine. I in fact used the key I am getting with both those softwares to reinstall 7 Pro to a SSD using an ISO I have and now I am getting this nonsense re it being the wrong key??

I cannot run Showkey on this machine for some obscure reason - it runs on my old Toshiba and the 10 machines but just not this work laptop.

Am I doing something wrong?? or is there a change in how one validates a copy of Windows 7.
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18 Jul 2016   #143
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello John,

Are you using "ShowKeyPlus" from above?

Showkey - Windows 10 Forums
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18 Jul 2016   #144
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Shawn yes mate I have tried downloading it form the 10 forum site and this tutorial link.

I'll try again and let you know.

Edit: Just downloaded it for the third time and have tried run as admin - open etc etc and it just will not run.
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18 Jul 2016   #145
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since the computer came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, the product key for Windows 8.1 would be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip on the motherboard. It will automatically be detected and used to activate Windows 8.1 when installed on the PC.

Are the programs showing you a W7 or W8.1 key?
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18 Jul 2016   #146
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Shawn mate in my pic is what MJB pulls up and the same code comes up with Belarc and it is the one I re installed the 7 Pro with


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19 Jul 2016   #147
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I suppose it's the correct key then. My guess is that the OEM key is not matching with the type of ISO you used.

I have asked Superfly if he could check with you when he has time to see if he may be able to help with ShowKeyPlus on your laptop.
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20 Jul 2016   #148
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok Shawn thanks mate I have already been in touch with Craig. The ISO I used was one from the Heidoc site I saved before it went belly up and it activated ok and I have in the Control Panel System as a genuine copy of 7 Pro.

As I mentioned to Craig the machine was originally an 8.1 one and was downgraded to 7 Pro maybe that has something to do with it because the message from Microsoft in verify is that it is something to do with the sellers licence to install 7 on the 8 machine??
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20 Jul 2016   #149
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It sounds like you may be getting the embedded Windows 8.1 key instead.
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