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Windows 7: Cannot activate Windows

31 Dec 2014   #21

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1

Here it is:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>REG QUERY HKU


C:\Windows\system32>REG QUERY HKU\S-1-5-20

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Control Panel
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20\Keyboard Layout

C:\Windows\system32>REG QUERY HKU\S-1-5-20\Environment


C:\Windows\system32>REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
ProfilesDirectory REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemDrive%\Users
Default REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemDrive%\Users\Default
Public REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemDrive%\Users\Public
ProgramData REG_EXPAND_SZ %SystemDrive%\ProgramData

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-


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31 Dec 2014   #22

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

That all looks normal as well.

Hmm - let's try something...

Open Windows Explorer (Computer)

Navigate to the C:\Windows folder

Find the System32 sub-folder and right-click on it

select Properties

Clear the 'blob' from the 'Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)' box by clicking on it until it's plain white.

Click on Apply.

Make sure that the radio button for 'Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files' is set, and click OK.

Accept the Administrator prompt. After a couple of seconds, you'll be told there is an error - click on the 'Ignore all' button.

Wait for it to finish - it could take a couple of minutes.

OK out, and exit Windows Explorer.

Reboot twice

Post a new MGADiag report.
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31 Dec 2014   #23

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1

Sorry, I was at work all day and only got to this a little while ago. Did as you asked to the System32 folder and rebooted twice. Here is the MGADiag report:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-PDX4R-2Q4MC-J8368
Windows Product Key Hash: 36K63na+fKngCc75KCvsWBRXACs=
Windows Product ID: 00371-152-0935065-85539
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {3D903D9D-60E5-485E-92B5-90D28B0DF261}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144
TTS Error: 
Validation Diagnostic: 
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Data-->
Office Status: 100 Genuine
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3
Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed
File Scan Data-->
Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{3D903D9D-60E5-485E-92B5-90D28B0DF261}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048</OS><Architecture>x64</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-J8368</PKey><PID>00371-152-0935065-85539</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1527527429-2520481382-2976781397</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.</Manufacturer><Model>To be filled by O.E.M.</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>F2</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="7"/><Date>20130715000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>A74F3C07018400F6</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>100</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-002F-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>5E34EBF2D164F26</Val><Hash>/1yf03PWHoQPzTgWJA6obL9h2Oo=</Hash><Pid>81602-915-2740591-68558</Pid><PidType>1</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="100"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 
Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002
Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.1.7601.17514
Name: Windows(R) 7, Professional edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, RETAIL channel
Activation ID: e838d943-63ed-4a0b-9fb1-47152908acc9
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 00371-00170-152-093506-01-1033-7601.0000-3622014
Installation ID: 005961957410717061666383324570674084804443381065514956
Processor Certificate URL: SpcService Web Service
Machine Certificate URL: RacService Web Service
Use License URL: UseLicenseService Web Service
Product Key Certificate URL: PkcService Web Service
Partial Product Key: J8368
License Status: Licensed
Remaining Windows rearm count: 2
Trusted time: 12/31/2014 7:50:49 PM
Windows Activation Technologies-->
HrOffline: 0x00000000
HrOnline: 0x00000000
HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
Event Time Stamp: 12:26:2014 17:59
ActiveX: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
Admin Service: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
HealthStatus Bitmask Output:
HWID Data-->
OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
BIOS Information: 
ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
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01 Jan 2015   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

While we are waiting for Noel could you explain something for me.

Have you change hardware or something?
I'm trying to understand how this can be.

In your report I see
SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Gigabyte Technology Co
In your system specs I see
CPU AMD Phenom II x4
Motherboard MSI NF980-G65
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01 Jan 2015   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

That seems to have got the problem solved!
Your latest mgadiag looks fine.
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01 Jan 2015   #26

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1

I changed my motherboard from a MSI NF980-G65 to a Gigabyte 990 FXA-UD3 on 12/17, which would give rise to Windows requesting a re-activation. However, I didn't realize that Microsoft had issued a bum update earlier that week that messed with Windows activation on some PCs, so I think that, along with the mobo change and bum update, both contributed to the prevention of activation on my PC.

I have managed to activate Windows now but only through phone activation but not without errors and a questionable phone number. I received the notification to activate Windows but this time I selected phone activation. I received an error but selected 'close' and then 'next'. The next screen should have displayed 'country' but was totally blank - no selections were available. I selected 'next', got an error, selected 'close' and 'next' and got the Activate Windows now screen which had a questionable phone number: +971 4 391 7000 (the Toll-free and SMS numbers were blank).

However, I dialed the number found on Microsoft's web site - 888-352-7140, entered the numbers on the screen, and then entered the numbers the phone source gave me. That successfully finished activation.

Do you know where that +971 number could have come from, why the 'select country' screen had no countries to select, and why there were no toll-free or SMS selections? I ran MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Norton and all came up with no viruses, malware, or rootkits. Where does Windows get the phone numbers for the Activate Windows now screen - downloaded from Microsoft based on country selected?
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01 Jan 2015   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Very interesting read.
Thank you for the step by step explanation. Now I have a better understanding.

Could you change Your system specs to match the motherboard you have install.
That information could be useful down the road.

Happy computing.
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01 Jan 2015   #28

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1

Will do. Thanks Brink, NoelDP, and Layback Bear for all your help. Have a Happy New Year.
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