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Windows 7: windows7 pro activation

19 Dec 2010   #1
tomo55

windows 7
 
 
windows7 pro activation

I had to change my hard drive as the other failed,now when i try to activate windows im told this key can only be used for upgrading not clean installs,is there a way round this without re installing windowsxp then upgrading to windows 7 as I have now re installed and set up all my programs.Im sure I done a clean installl from a formatted disc before.Any help please


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19 Dec 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome
Follow this tutorial
Dont give the key number when asked.
Make the install
Test it
Install programs etc and make sure it works.

Then activate by phone
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
The problem is that the upgrade key does not recognize the fact that you had an underlying OS that quaifies for an upgrade.
If you have problem with the phone activation, you will be elevated to a rep. Just explain the facts and you will be validiated.
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19 Dec 2010   #3
tomo55

windows 7
 
 

Thanks tried that and would not work so been given tech support number which is an 0870 number mon-fri
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19 Dec 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Not surprised that it did not work. Your computer appears that it does not qualify for an upgrade. Call the number and explain, you will be given a validation number and all will be ok.
Good luck
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19 Dec 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

If you install Upgrade version to a new or wiped HD then you must do one of the workarounds given here to activate it: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The registry change is easiest - set a restore point first in case you goof. Then activate at Computer>Properties link.

As long as you have a qualifying XP or Vista on hand which you do not use again while it is acting as qualifier for Upgrade version Win7, then you do not have to have either installed to clean install Upgrade version.
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20 Dec 2010   #6
tomo55

windows 7
 
 

Thankyou worked a treat saves a phone call to microsoft or a complete re install
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