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Windows 7: Activation Problem

09 Apr 2010   #11
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
WindowsStar,
Just FYI, some of the early Dell keys were blacklisted by MS because they were used to hactivate Win7 by pirates. Its possible that the key your dvd is trying to install is one of those blacklisted keys. Theoretically that key should activate but fail MS validation. In your case, darn thing is not activating at all, so ya call Dell/MS.
Excellent point....I nearly forgot about that. But mine seems to doing it the other way around. It passes all validation but will not activate. When I have had issues in the past I would press the Buy key and it would go to Microsoft’s site and let you purchase a key. Until now that was a great test. But this machine does not go to the purchase page it does a bunch of checking and then reports everything is valid. Weirdest thing I have ever seen.


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09 Apr 2010   #12
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Its passing validation because Windows is in trial mode.

Also, just referring to the point about WAT, WAT has nothing to with activation for the purpose of OEM installs. OEM activation is a mechanical thing and it is completely offline. WAT comes into play when you try to validate windows. You know WAT is at work when your screen turns black (cos your wallpaper disappears) and there is a watermark at the bottom saying your copy is not genuine blah blah. Your problem is not WAT, your problem is that one of the 3 components of OEM activation are not in place/ obsolete.
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09 Apr 2010   #13
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just do the phone activation routine which was automated for me and it should activate just fine if it is a legit key. automated system asks how many machines it is installed on (your answer should be one), then guides you through a process where you read off 8/10 hex codes to the system and the automated system will give you codes to replace the existing codes with, then like magic .....your windows install activates. It was actually very easy.
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09 Apr 2010   #14
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Update: According to Dell it is a bad DVD. Dell sent a DVD overnight. I used NEW DVD from Dell and all is working fine. This may be related to what Bill2 was talking about "some of the early Dell keys were blacklisted " above. Although Dell would NOT confirm this they just said the replacement DVD would fix the problem.
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09 Apr 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Did Dell send out the replacement drive as well or just the new disk?
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09 Apr 2010   #16
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

DVD was overnighted got it today. The replacement drive will be here Monday.
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09 Apr 2010   #17
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

So it was the DVD huh, At least they sent you another one pretty quick.
Glad you got it sorted out.
Derek
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09 Apr 2010   #18
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

As they say: "all is well that ends well"!
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14 Apr 2010   #19
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

Anyone still following this, let me ask a question: I have a Dell Optiplex, but the Windows 7 install was done at a corporate site [big dell client]. These machines rolled off-lease and were sold. Mine was activated, validated, goldplated, all that good stuff, but on a teenie hard drive. Upgraded to a 500g drive, cloned over the system, but it will not activate auto. It will not activate if I manually punch in my COA license number [which is still in its registry, btw]. I've combed all over the web trying to find a fix and can't, other than reading that the issue is likely the result of a server-spray install [with a group or serialized license scheme]. Do I need to change the license key TYPE? how???
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14 Apr 2010   #20
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
Anyone still following this, let me ask a question: I have a Dell Optiplex, but the Windows 7 install was done at a corporate site [big dell client]. These machines rolled off-lease and were sold. Mine was activated, validated, goldplated, all that good stuff, but on a teenie hard drive. Upgraded to a 500g drive, cloned over the system, but it will not activate auto. It will not activate if I manually punch in my COA license number [which is still in its registry, btw]. I've combed all over the web trying to find a fix and can't, other than reading that the issue is likely the result of a server-spray install [with a group or serialized license scheme]. Do I need to change the license key TYPE? how???
Have you tried this method?

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