Microsoft says I've activated my Windows 7 license too many times.

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  1. Posts : 21,482
    Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

    the following probably applies (without an MGADiag report, we can't be sure...
    The installed Product Key is an MSDN-type Subscriber-only Key
    Unless you are an MSDN subscriber, you are not entitled to use the Key – and whoever sold it to you was not entitled to do so.*
    You need to claim an immediate refund from the vendor - do NOT accept the offer of a new key (all they are trying to do is to get past the 45-day claims window or avoid you sending the evidence of their crimes to the authorities)
    Please read the following posts.... .................................
    Blocked Product Keys
    Advice on Safe Software Shopping (revised 4/10/2011)
    The pirates have got VERY good at this over the past few years, as the price of equipment for manufacturing the packages drops, and as factories open in less well-policed countries.
    see also this post....
    The New York Times - Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room
    Also - have a look at this video....
    Bogus Windows 7 warning - YouTube
    You may be able to get a complimentary copy of the OS from Microsoft - fill in the Counterfeit report here...
    How to Tell - Home

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  2. Posts : 1,770
    Windows 7 pro

    As for your current situation you can't force M$ to activate your product or give you a free key. You most certainly can try. On your current install you should be able to "extend" a trial period for 120 days after which you will need to reinstall 7. Other than buy a copy from Newegg there really isn't anything else you can do. There are probably some hacks to get around activation but we can't help you with those as per the forum rules. Most of us probably wouldn't do that ourselves anyway or recommend that it be done. Extend or Reset Windows Trial Period [Windows 8, 8.1, 7] - Windows
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  3. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Okay, here is the report. If I didn't do something right, let me know and I'll run it and post it again.

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Code: 50
    Cached Online Validation Code: 0xc004c4a2
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WMWP2-FDCD7-M8298
    Windows Product Key Hash: gRYx0++10oKgKKp3RZ95Jo0yWy8=
    Windows Product ID: 00371-849-0035677-85983
    Windows Product ID Type: 5
    Windows License Type: Retail
    Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
    ID: {93549FEA-0C9C-4B78-987A-2D3F24A0E9BD}(1)
    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_ldr.160516-0600
    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: 109 N/A
    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>{93549FEA-0C9C-4B78-987A-2D3F24A0E9BD}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048</OS><Architecture>x64</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-M8298</PKey><PID>00371-849-0035677-85983</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-676091870-3092876150-1642442642</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>System manufacturer</Manufacturer><Model>System Product Name</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>0212</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="3" minor="0"/><Date>20150710000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>D68C3C07018400FE</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>109</Result><Products/><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: 00371-00170-849-003567-00-1033-7601.0000-2282016
    Installation ID: 001322160112178713060625825153212455495262267846400325
    Processor Certificate URL:
    Machine Certificate URL:
    Use License URL:
    Product Key Certificate URL:
    Partial Product Key: M8298
    License Status: Notification
    Notification Reason: 0xC004F200 (non-genuine).
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 4
    Trusted time: 8/18/2016 5:24:13 PM
    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    HrOffline: 0x00000000
    HrOnline: 0xC004C4A2
    HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
    Event Time Stamp: 8:17:2016 15:50
    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
      APIC            ALASKA        A M I 
      FACP            ALASKA        A M I 
      HPET            ALASKA        A M I
      MCFG            ALASKA        A M I
      FPDT            ALASKA        A M I 
      FIDT            ALASKA        A M I 
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      LPIT            INTEL         SKL
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      DBG2            INTEL         
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      SSDT            SataRe        SataTabl
      ASF!            INTEL          HCG
      BGRT            ALASKA        A M I
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  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    By the way, I Googled the last three groups of digits from my product key and came up with 0 hits. Seems like there should have been at least 1.

    I Googled "rearm count" and found the method to rearm the time counter. That let me put things back to normal for now until I have a permanent solution. Looks like I have up to 120 days to get this fixed so that takes off some of the pressure.
    Last edited by Wartweasel; 18 Aug 2016 at 17:17. Reason: Add extra info
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  5. Posts : 7,061
    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

    Hi WartWeasel,
    Yeah i googled it to, NO hits.
    Although its confirming what the MS rep said.
    The only slightly odd thing i can see is the
    Windows Product ID: 00371->>>849<<<-
    standard Retail code is 177 not 849, possibly NoelDP can confirm.

    You could try running KB971033, but i don't hold out much hope.

    I do suggest you follow thru on Noel's comments, and as an extra as your in the states there's the Postal Fraud option

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  6. Posts : 1,770
    Windows 7 pro

    torchwood said:
    The only slightly odd thing i can see is the
    Windows Product ID: 00371->>>849<<<-
    standard Retail code is 177 not 849, possibly NoelDP can confirm.
    Mine says 152 and it is a legit retail copy from newegg.
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  7. Posts : 21,482
    Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

    There are a large number of misconceptions about the ChannelID codes - unfortunately it's not possible for anyone to tell what type of Key gives any particular CID, unless you have access to MS's database. The only reason we know certain ones are either because they were confirmed as being of a given type by an MS staffer in the Technet forums, or because forum posters have confirmed the type themselves, having been scammed.
    It's not even really possible to tell the difference between an Upgrade and a Full license from the CID.

    ...but yes, the 8xx series is definitely one to be wary about since I do know that a number of variants have fallen foul of being blocked for abuse - which probably means that they are MSDN-type.
    Last edited by NoelDP; 19 Aug 2016 at 02:08. Reason: add last para
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  8. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    I don't know much about MSDN usage, but how would that version of software be delivered? DVD? Download from the MS web site? The disks that I received have the laser artwork around the edges, and the label sure doesn't look like it was bogus.

    The report in the code box, above, stated that the license was a Retail version. Doesn't this mean that the software and key that I have are not MSDN, but were intended to be sold to retail customers?

    This the first time in my 30 years of using computers that I've ever run into a issue like this, so I hope that these questions are not ignorant. While I will probably have to end up buying another license, I'd like to understand these issues. If I buy a copy of Windows 7 from New Egg, it will be an OEM version. I believe that this means that I can install the software on one computer, but I can't then reinstall it on another computer if the current computer dies or I want to build up a new machine to replace the one I'm using now. Is it still possible to purchase Retail licenses from MS or other sellers that will allow me to transfer the software to another machine if I need to?
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  9. Posts : 30,656
    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest Release and Release Preview]

    MSDN Software is always stated as Retail as this refers to the licence type rather than the source or intended use,

    Retail licences can be transferred to a new PC as long as it is not in use on more that the number of installs the licence is designed for. MSDN licences allow a certain number of concurrent installs which can vary with the agreement between the member of the Microsoft Developer Network and Microsoft. These licences sometimes find their way into the hands of the scammers and used to make money off unsuspecting buyers

    The Licence is what you are paying for not the disk which will often work with more than one type of licence as well as unlimited installs, (with valid legitimate licences).

    Microsoft are no longer selling retail or OEM licences licences as Windows Seven is in Extended support (Microsoft stops selling licences for older software when it ends full support), the only legitimate licences now available will be basically older stock still held by sellers. the retail licences were the first to be withdrawn by MS and so now the vast majority for sale will be the limited OEM licences which are tied to the first hardware they are installed on, quite often, if you can present a valid and reasonable reason to Microsoft, as to the reason for re-installing to what appears to be "new" hardware, a MB failure or similar, then they will allow transfer, ( although this is at their discretion).

    There is another type of OEM licence which is provided by the major manufacturers, Dell HP, Etc.), these licences do appear on Net sales sites but these will need to have been "adapted" (hacked) to work at all on other than the manufacturer's specific hardware.

    NoelDP will be able to provide a lot more specific info but ths will hopefully explain your case
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  10. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    Not many valid retail copies exist and if they do they are a premium in price
    You can buy 3 oem/ system builders copies for the price of one so called retail but the trick is finding a legitimate retail :)
    Most are on EBay and well back to page 1 :)
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