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Windows 7: Activated Windows 7 in error

13 May 2014   #1
gallicbear

Windows 7 and XP
 
 
Activated Windows 7 in error

Hi there. I am installing a system with Windows 7 Home Premium. During the setup process I filled out the Windows key instead of skipping. I meant to test it first before activating because I am unsure about my machine. Also, the box was checked saying 'activate when I am online'. What now? Is my product actually activated? I have no way of checking because that installation actually failed and I reinstalled with different parameters. My question is: Does Windows actually go online on the setup screen or once the system has loaded? Also, can an install be deactivated if it has gone through? Thanks in advance for your help.


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13 May 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gallicbear,

Installation will just check to make sure it's a valid product key, but Windows doesn't actually get activated until it's successfully installed and goes online to activate.

If it's a retail key, then it doesn't matter anyways since it can be used to activate Windows on any computer as long as it's removed from all other computers first. Sometimes you may need to activate by phone if it won't activate online normally though.

Hope this helps.
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13 May 2014   #3
gallicbear

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

Thanks, Brink. It is actually an OEM product. Hope it doesn't make any difference, that setup only checks for the validity of the key. Right now I am still testing that system.
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13 May 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, ok. Since installation failed, you should be fine.
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13 May 2014   #5
gallicbear

Windows 7 and XP
 
 

Thanks again, Brink.
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13 May 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Anytime.
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