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Windows 7: How does one a repair install and still maintain activation?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Tharthan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 
How does one a repair install and still maintain activation?

I originally made a thread here: How to make minimise-restore-down-and-X buttons permanently normal?

I eventually took this question to another forum (one that I often frequent), and we made some progress there. However, in the end (after some months of looking into this), it was determined that the only real way to fix the caption button problem (that wouldn't involve what would essentially be the digital equivalent of destroying everything in a house but its initial foundation beams) would be a repair install.

However:

I no longer have my activation key from when I first got this computer (I first got this computer back in 2010). Furthermore, it is an OEM installation, and Windows does not accept OEM keys, from what I understand.

I have everything that I would need to do a repair install already, but the fact that it seems that I would not be able to reactivate Windows afterwards is stopping me from doing the repair install.

So I ask:

How does one do a repair install and still maintain activation?


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Back it up with dism++


How does one a repair install and still maintain activation?-dism-actbkup.jpg

Dism++10.1.1000.100.zip


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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Tharthan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Back it up with dism++


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Thank you so much. I wish that someone would have told me about this sooner!
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Tharthan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Back it up with dism++
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Question: Does this simply back up the key included and that is easily accessible via the registry? And, if so, does it restore it as it was previously, or does it simply send the key back to Microsoft for activation?

The reason why I ask is: the key that I managed to extract (prior to making this thread) is not accepted by Microsoft because they don't accept OEM keys. So if the process used by Dism++ actually re-incorporates the activation itself that was backed up, then there ought not to be a problem. However, if it is just sending the OEM key to Microsoft for activation, it won't work.

What exactly it is doing is very important here, because if I do the repair install, and the activation fails, I'll essentially be on a time limit. I'm getting back to college soon, so it is very important that I have a well-functioning computer.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It backs up the activation. No need to go online.
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1 Week Ago   #6
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

I found these tools: 3 Tools to Backup and Restore Windows 7 and Vista OEM Activation License • Raymond.CC
Here is the manual process: Windows 7 Activation Backup/Restore – Inside Jonathan Vasquez

Note: I have tried the manual backup before and it didn't work for me. I might have done it wrong though. You can use magical jelly bean to get your key. That would be a good idea because it's important to keep. KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean

It's possible that you never got a key. It may be hard coded into the installation partition. If so that would require a clean install which might not be a bad idea.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Tharthan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
It may be hard coded into the installation partition. If so that would require
Are you saying that that program linked to me above, Dism++, won't work if the situation is the one that you are suggesting is a possibility?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
If so that would require a clean install which might not be a bad idea.
In my case and current situation, that's not practical, unfortunately.
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1 Week Ago   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

townsbg post is irrelevant.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tharthan View Post
Are you saying that that program linked to me above, Dism++, won't work if the situation is the one that you are suggesting is a possibility?

In my case and current situation, that's not practical, unfortunately.
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