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Windows 7: Activate Windows 7 by Phone

11 Dec 2013   #50
shanex

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks Brink, I think I understand. So if multiple discs have the OS on them, but only one disc is ever powered up at a time, is this still a breach?

Thx!


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11 Dec 2013   #51
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, that's not allowed either. Only one installation can be activated with the key. All other installations will either need a different key, or remain unactivated.
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11 Dec 2013   #52
shanex

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

So then if I installed Win7 on a disk, and that disk died, and I buy a new disk, I have to buy a new Win7 installation?
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11 Dec 2013   #53
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No. You would be able to install and activate it again on another hard drive since the other drive is dead, and the installation is technically no more.

Basically, if you want to activate the product key for a Windows 7 installation, the product key cannot currently be activated on any other installation, active or not. Any other activated installation with that same key would need to be formatted.
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11 Dec 2013   #54
shanex

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ok, but how does microsoft know that the first disk is truly dead? Like I said, I'm never going on the www with any of my disks? Sorry, I'm not trying to be awkward, I'm just curious as to how they actually can police this..
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11 Dec 2013   #55
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you activate them, they will be kept track of on the Microsoft activation servers. If more than one installation shows activated with the same key often, then it's going to be pretty obvious something is wrong. They may then get red flagged and all be deactivated.

They'll know the other one is dead, when it no longer shows up after the key is activated on anther installation.
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12 Dec 2013   #56
shanex

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ok, thanks again. One other question: what exactly happens if you don't activate after the 30 days? I read that you just don't get windows updates anymore? Is that true?
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12 Dec 2013   #57
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't remember the full details, but you would have some features no longer work, and be constantly nagged to activate.
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24 Dec 2013   #58
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Source: What happens to Windows 7 after the 30 day activation has expired? - Microsoft Community


What happens if you don’t Activate Windows?
If you choose not to activate Windows, the operating system will go into what is called Reduced Functional mode.

Meaning, certain functionality will be disabled. Certain software included with windows will not work.

Benefits you gain from activating:

- Access to all Windows Updates with confidence that your Windows software has the latest security and reliability enhancements from Microsoft.

*If you do not activate, you do not get security updates. This alone is why you should activate*

- Support for your software, including downloads reserved exclusively for genuine Windows software.
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A Windows 7 installation in Reduced functional mode (notice the watermark at the right hand corner).
If you don’t activate your Windows software
- You will be prompted every time you log in to Activate.
- You will receive periodic prompts to activate your software.
- Certain visual experiences will be disabled such as the Windows Aero Glass theme.
- Won't be able to update software such as Microsoft Security Essentials.
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24 Dec 2013   #59
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Andrew. I've updated the tutorial for more information about this in the red warning box at the top.
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