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Windows 7: Is my Win 7 Activation key in use?

04 May 2014   #1

Win 7 Home Premium x64
Is my Win 7 Activation key in use?

Several months ago, I gave a computer running Win 7 to a troubled friend. I have reason to believe she pawned it and lost it, but cannot get in touch with her to verify this. If I am correct, and if the pawn shop wiped the drive prior to reselling it (as I would imagine they did), then I could sell that copy of Windows or use it on another machine.

Is there any way to determine whether my product key is currently in use on another machine?

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04 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If the w7 was installed on the PC at the factory, ex. Dell, eMachines, etc, the key can't be used on another machine in any condition.

I doubt if a pawn shop would go to the trouble of wiping a drive, they don't really care, unless law requires it in some states.

I can't find a way to check to see if the key is in use. One way would be to install and enter the key after installing to see if it will activate.
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07 May 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

The only way it may be possible to find out if a Key is in use is if you ring the Activation Centre, and ask them when the last activation was either attempted, or succeeded. They may or may not tell you. If they do, then it's worth asking if they also have a record of validations (I know they log activations - but I'm not at all sure about validations).
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07 May 2014   #4

Win 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks to all.
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