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Windows 7: Repair Install activation same as original?

27 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
Repair Install activation same as original?

I just did a repair install due to a virus situation. The install went fine, of course, but it requires re-activating.

I made a backup of my original install after activation. My questions is, if I activate the repair install, will that change the records with Microsoft in such a way as to cause my backup of the original basic install to no longer have a valid activation?

Same computer, so I might assume the activation details would be the same, just wanted to check if anyone had any definite information.


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27 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Hi, there shouldn't be a problem as long as it's installed on only one computer. I went through this and didn't experience any problems in terms of backups I'd made from my previous install on the same PC. If they didn't it would render quite a few backup solutions fairly useless, especially those based on making a system image the first time you set up your PC.

If of course in the unlikely event that something doesn't work properly backup wise because of this install it only takes a short phone call to Microsoft to sort it out.

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27 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64

Thanks, I went ahead and reactivated. I suppose if I ever need to use the image backup, I will find out if the activation will still work, but for now I will assume it will be OK, as you suggest.
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27 Apr 2010   #4


I have re-activated the same license numerous times. I even changed machines.

Since the machine change, I have to call the MS number, but it works every time.
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27 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64

I have become very famaliar with the telephone activating system, after a computer died and I had to move everything around.

I wasn't really concerned with being able to reactivate, but whether the activation on the image would still be valid so I would not have to reactivate it.

Luckily this is a full version. The upgrade versions might make this type of situation more vital...

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29 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64

Well, it seems I have my answer. Because the Repair Install was still doing some of the same things that it was done for, I decided to wipe the drive and restore the image. So far, no problems and all the programs run as they normally should. No additional activation was required.
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