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

11 Feb 2017   #160
drboys

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I ran the key finder Showkey Plus and it returned a product key number different from the product key number on the sticker on the side of my desktop unit. I bought the computer new from Best Buy. I tried the Check Product Key option and input the number from the sticker and it returned the correct product.

I'm having problems installing SP1 and in another thread am getting help to resolve that issue. One potential solution appears to be a clean install. Since I'm showing two product keys, will this be an issue? Which should I use if I end up having to re-install Win 7?


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12 Feb 2017   #161
derekimo

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Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drboys View Post
I ran the key finder Showkey Plus and it returned a product key number different from the product key number on the sticker on the side of my desktop unit. I bought the computer new from Best Buy. I tried the Check Product Key option and input the number from the sticker and it returned the correct product.

I'm having problems installing SP1 and in another thread am getting help to resolve that issue. One potential solution appears to be a clean install. Since I'm showing two product keys, will this be an issue? Which should I use if I end up having to re-install Win 7?
That's exactly how it should be, the key that isn't the one on the sticker is only used by the manufacturer, you can't use it to do a clean install, it's on thousands of PC's if not more.

If you want or need to do a clean install or even a repair install you need to use the key on the COA sticker, that is unique to your machine and the only one that will activate legally.

You shouldn't have any problems using the key on the COA sticker.
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12 Feb 2017   #162
ICIT2LOL

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

Hmm that is odd Derek as I run the Showkey and MJB and I get the exact code on both and the code I got from the retailer because this machine was a downgrade to 7 from 8.1 - does that make a difference??
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12 Feb 2017   #163
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Hmm that is odd Derek as I run the Showkey and MJB and I get the exact code on both and the code I got from the retailer because this machine was a downgrade to 7 from 8.1 - does that make a difference??
Yes that makes a difference John.
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