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#1 theonlybuster

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

So I have a very interesting problems.

I own a Toshiba Laptop.  Brought it brand new in a fully sealed box from I wanna say either NewEgg, CompUSA, or similar store.  It was purchased about 4yrs ago. 

About 9months ago the laptop's screen died on me so I transplanted the hard drive into a desktop as the main drive and I have been using that ever since. 

 

A couple days ago I got a warning saying my version of Win 7 Home Premium was not genuine.  This totally threw me off because I've NEVER re-installed the OS, or anything of that sort.  So now it appears the only option Microsoft is giving me is to purchase a legit version of Win7. 

 

Now I have the original Laptop shell, and it still has a readable Product Key, my question is will that do me any good?



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#2 scotty_ncc1701

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:28 PM

When you activate Windows, it creates a unique identifier, based on the current hardware.  When there is a significant change in hardware, the unique identifier is validate by M$, and if it is far enough off, it become invalid, and you have to reactivate it.

This should answer your questions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activating-windows-faq#1TC=windows-7

Basically, reenter the key, and reactivate.
 

Best of luck! :bananas: :bounce:



#3 theonlybuster

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:05 AM

When you activate Windows, it creates a unique identifier, based on the current hardware.  When there is a significant change in hardware, the unique identifier is validate by M$, and if it is far enough off, it become invalid, and you have to reactivate it.

This should answer your questions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activating-windows-faq#1TC=windows-7

Basically, reenter the key, and reactivate.
 

Best of luck! :bananas: :bounce:

Flawless. Worked perfectly.  Thanks.






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