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Need help activating legit Windows 7 after re-install...


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#1 Bramish

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:17 AM

Hi,

Just re-installed my bought copy of Windows 7 but need to activate it and I can't find the box with the product key. I tried Belarc Advisor but not sure where to look for the key with that. Tried Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder - but get the following message when I try to input the key that gives me:

"The product key you have entered appears to be a default product key and cannot be used for activation. Type a different Windows 7 Home Premium product key."

Any advice please?



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:34 AM

Try produkey.....

 

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

 

Download button will be towards bottom of page


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:39 AM

Cheers. Tried that. Gives me the same product key I can't use.



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:44 AM

The whole activation/product keys complexities is a bit beyond me.....simply because i have never had to deal with it....

 

Did you have the service pack installed prior to reinstalling...?

 

In other words if you had 7.1 before.....you need to have 7.1 now


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:54 AM

If you have a legal Win 7 DVD...the key comes with the packaging.

 

If you installed using that DVD and used that key, then you need to use that key to activate that install.

 

If you have an OEM system which you effectively wiped by doing a clean install...that OEM key no longer applies to the current install made using a retail purchased copy of Win 7.

 

I'd say that your best alternative is to do phoe activation.

 

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