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#1 MarkGidman

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:19 PM

hi im wanting to re-do my computer with a complete clean installion but have only got the one licence key thats on my computer now how do i de activate and re activate my key thats the only reason im wanting to re do laptop it because of this problem in a another thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic402773.html if somebody could help or assist with either or both of these problems i would be very grateful thanks

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:51 PM

hi im wanting to re-do my computer with a complete clean installion but have only got the one licence key thats on my computer now how do i de activate and re activate my key thats the only reason im wanting to re do laptop it because of this problem in a another thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic402773.html if somebody could help or assist with either or both of these problems i would be very grateful thanks


From Microsoft's website regarding re-installation:

You can reinstall Windows 7 using Recovery in Control Panel, under Advanced recovery methods. This method reinstalls Windows 7, either from a recovery image provided by your computer manufacturer, or from your original Windows 7 installation files. You need to reinstall all of the programs that you added, and restore all of your files from a backup. For more information, see Choosing an advanced recovery method.

If Windows 7 doesn't run at all, you can reinstall Windows using your original Windows 7 installation disc. To do this, follow the instructions in "Using the Custom installation option and formatting the hard disk" earlier in this topic.


I would recommend backing up all of your files before you perform any installation, but I have always been able to activate a key after a reinstall on the same machine. There is also some good info from the Microsoft forum regarding reactivation over the telephone, but I haven't had to do that since Windows XP first came out.

Here are the steps for using the telephone option for activation.

1. Press the Windows Logo Key+R. This will bring up the Run dialog box.

2. In the Open: box, type slui 4 and press OK. This will start the manual activation wizard.

3. Select your Country in the drop down menu and click Next.

4. The wizard will display a Toll Free phone number. Leave the wizard open on the computer and call that phone number.


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Posted 09 June 2011 - 07:38 PM

You can also use any number of tools to see what your license key is...from within Win 7.

Magical Jelly Bean and SIW come to mind as two utilities that provide such to users.

If you cannot boot into Win 7...these tools will not be of any value.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:48 AM

If you cannot boot into Win 7...these tools will not be of any value.

That's true for those tools, but you can do it with Produkey. :)

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