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Windows 7: Activate Windows 7 Online

02 Jan 2012   #40
quozl

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Q, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Strange. You should be able to activate Windows 7 whether you have SP1 installed yet or not.

What type of Windows 7 do you have, and is that the one that your product key number came with? For example: full or upgrade, and OEM, retail, anytime upgrade, student, etc...
Win 7 Professional, Full, OEM, yes the disc the product key came with. As I mentioned the only way it would work was to authenticate win7 online before upgrading to SP1. I tired it the other way the first time and even after uninstalling SP1 and cold boot it still gave the invalid key for version message.

Cheers Q


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02 Jan 2012   #41
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, ok. If that is a Windows 7 that came preinstalled on your computer, then that would be why.

Quote:
You might be using a product key that doesn't match the version of Windows 7 that came preinstalled on your computer. Check the product key to make sure it is for the version that you are trying to activate. You can't use a product key for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) to activate a copy of Windows 7 without SP1.
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02 Jan 2012   #42
quozl

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ah, ok. If that is a Windows 7 that came preinstalled on your computer, then that would be why.

Quote:
You might be using a product key that doesn't match the version of Windows 7 that came preinstalled on your computer. Check the product key to make sure it is for the version that you are trying to activate. You can't use a product key for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) to activate a copy of Windows 7 without SP1.
It wasn't pre installed, it is a Windows 7 OEM disc, I bought all the components, and built the PC myself, then installed Win7 from the disc. It isn't a PC manufacturer disc like a Dell one or something it is an official Windows 7 OEM disc but I understand what you're saying and that this applies to my disc.

Still a pretty stupid way to do things by MS but what's new, I can't see what the big deal is authenticating after you have installed SP1 and SP1 should warn you of this or check before performing the upgrade. Anyway its all solved now I found that info buried on the MS site after the Authentication failed the first time.

Cheers Q
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02 Jan 2012   #43
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since it's a retail OEM copy, I would think that you should be able to activate online with or without SP1 installed. Otherwise a phone activation should work.
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14 Aug 2013   #44
Scottyl99

mac osx
 
 
Thankyou

Thankyou soooooo much. This will help me and my family in soooooooooooo many ways and i don't now how i can repay you. You have literally saved my life.
Sincerely Scottyl
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14 Aug 2013   #45
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Scotty, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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19 Jan 2014   #46
OldYogi

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Product Key Number is different

I just finished a repair-install -- quite successfully, thank you -- .
Having now activated, I note that the Product ID as shown in the System info differs from the Product Key on my original copy, which is the key I entered while doing the install.
Am I right that this is nothing to worry about? I think the Product ID is not the same as the Product Key.
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19 Jan 2014   #47
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello OldYogi,

Yes, that's correct. The product ID is not the same as the product key.

Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See

The 20 character Product ID is created during the installation
process and is prominently displayed towards the bottom (in the
Activation section) on the opening panel window resulting from
right-clicking the Computer icon and selecting "Properties" from the
context menu. It is used to obtain/qualify for technical support
(limited though that may be) from Microsoft; it is of no use during the
installation process.

The 25 character Product Key is used to prove ownership of a
legitimate license and is required to perform the installation, and is
either stored on the DVD packaging on a sticker that says "Do not lose
this number," or is on a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) label affixed
to an OEM computer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Sep 2015   #48
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 I seem to remember there is a way of checking to see if your copy of Windows is genuine - online and I thought there was a tutorial for it.
I ask because I have used it out of pure curiosity at home and it worked fine but I have a thread going with a member who I feel might have been taken for a ride by an unscrupulous source of obtaining his Windows. I could be wrong but I just want to get him to check out the correct way.
Thanks John
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01 Sep 2015   #49
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey John,

You can go to the site below at Microsoft to verify genuine Windows, but it's only compatible up to Windows 7.

Genuine Microsoft Software
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