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Windows 7: Windows Genuine but won't activate

30 Oct 2015   #11

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

The BIOS is dated 2015, and Acer is not renowned for producing updated BIOS.
The problem here is almost certainly that the machine shipped with Windows 8 Core edition installed - or no Windows at all.
As such it has no SLIC table to be able to activate the OEM_SLP Key in use.

Is there a COA sticker for Windows 7 on the case?
Is there a Windows 8 sticker - or a Windows 8 Pro sticker on the case?

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30 Oct 2015   #12
Layback Bear

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

Hope this is helpful.

Veriton M4630G | Desktops | DT.VJEEQ.001 | Acer Professional Solutions

Veriton M4630G

Operating System
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)

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30 Oct 2015   #13

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

showkey, will tell you if there is a Windows OEM marker in the BIOS or an Embedded Windows 8 key. Even if you know the OEM-SLP key, it's useless without the matching custom OEM install media. My guess is the OEM-SLP activation is broken and it's now trying to activate online. Factory OEM-SLP installs don't activate online, they activate against the BIOS SLIC table. The factory OEM_SLP key is deliberately blocked from online activation. If you can find a COA sticker with a readable key, it should work. You may have to remove the battery to find it. Another option is to backup any files you don't want to lose to external media, then do a factory recovery. That would put it back to the OOBE, out of the box experience. The way it was the first time you turned it on.
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