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Windows 7: windows 7 activation

18 Feb 2010   #1
windowsfree

Win7PRo/Ubuntu9.04
 
 
windows 7 activation

I installed my copy of 7 ultimate in a virtual machine, been running that way since January 7 of this year. I forgot about it, and installed it on my laptop. After updating it, it now says I have XX number of days to activate, I chose to activate now and it says that the number is not good. I went back to the machine I forgot about and checked that and that shows it is activated. My question is what do I need to do legally to activate the copy on my laptop and deactivate the one on the virtual machine?

Thanks


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18 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome,

You can only have one copy running. Remove it from the machine that you no longer want to use Windows 7

Then call the number that I will give you shortly, and explain, in a polite and professional manner, They will take care of everything

In this order:
Remove the OS from one computer
Call this number
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/e...n-centers.aspx

Explain the way you did to me. They are professional and polite, They will activate you. Have your number ready.
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18 Feb 2010   #3
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

As mentioned , Microsoft is very cooperative and will work with you.
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18 Feb 2010   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Remove from virtual machine.
Phone MS.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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18 Feb 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I have handled a dozen or more posts about this, only one complaint. That poster activated over 8 times. There will not be a problem
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18 Feb 2010   #6
windowsfree

Win7PRo/Ubuntu9.04
 
 

Thanks for the replies, I think I had to do this with a previous version of Windows and it was a nightmare, hope it has improved. This was an OEM so do I give them the long number or the one that shows in System Properties (00426-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX)
Thanks again
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18 Feb 2010   #7
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

You may have not unchecked activate automatically during your install
Oh Well, Live and Learn
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18 Feb 2010   #8
windowsfree

Win7PRo/Ubuntu9.04
 
 
activate

I got too used to Linux installs where I put the disk in and let it go with little intervention. I live - I learn. Thanks
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18 Feb 2010   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windowsfree View Post
Thanks for the replies, I think I had to do this with a previous version of Windows and it was a nightmare, hope it has improved. This was an OEM so do I give them the long number or the one that shows in System Properties (00426-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX)
Thanks again
Have a read:

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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18 Feb 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

The correct number is on the sleeve of the DVD, that you used to install.

If it was an OEM, the key WILL have those letters as part of the key.
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