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Windows XP Pro refurbished computer activation

Q: Windows XP Pro refurbished computer activation

Hello,
 
I am trying to fix a computer for a friend that was dug out of storage and the password forgotten.  After I couldn't reset the password or otherwise gain access to it, I decided to reformat and install the OS fresh.  Upon installation, the product key on the side of the computer is invalid.  There are two CoAs on the computer, one, seemingly the original, that is marked DO NOT USE, and another that is marked refurbished.  I tried the serial on the refurbished sticker first, but neither one works.
 
I read somehwere in the endless sea of nonsense about such an issue, and one theory was stated as Microsoft 'negated' the refurbished product keys for some reason or another.  The thread was so old that the link provided as proof didn't work anymore.
 
Anyone have any idea what's going on here?  I believe I may have bricked this apparatus.

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A: Windows XP Pro refurbished computer activation

Hello, and Welcome
 
You need to activate by phone. If that does not work you can call this number (U.S. only) and keep trying until you get a live person. Explain the problem and the two COA stickers.
 
Win (888) 571-2048

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A refurbished laptop with a valid copy of Win 7 Pro randomly locked up. I installed Win 7, from disk, but did not copy the activation code. Now I cannot reactivate it.

It has a COA on back, but this includes a number that is will not activate the laptop.
I can't even enter it in, since it starts with "00212"

Originally, it was sold with Vista, and has a Vista activation key in the battery compartment. This does not work.

thanks in advance for any assistance.


Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Windows Product Key Hash: 71BRYMECVaSXedfumfu8zryHJVY=
Windows Product ID: 00371-177-0000061-85088
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010100.0.0.048
ID: {15FD7056-3561-4B3F-8E37-0347AF906875}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By... Read more

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I bought a refurbished windows 7 computer and after the set up i went on internet explorer to download a better browser and then a coloured screen appeared so i had to hold in the power button and start it up again and then it did it again please help urgent.
 

A:Refurbished windows 7 computer

We are going to need more info. what is the make/model of the pc and what version of 7 is on there? Where did you purchase it from? What did the error state?
 

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Hi, I turned on my refurbished computer and the power got cut off before I could finish setting up as per the instructions that were sent with it. Now it is stuck on a screen that says the account is disabled, contact your administrator. There is only an OK button and it does nothing. There is NO power button so I can't do shift+restart, window button + R doesn't do anything and I've tried everything to start in safe mode to no avail.... Please help!

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Opinions please. I have the chance to purchase a refurbished Dell OptiPlex computer. It has: Intel P4, 2.4 GHz, 2 GB DDR RAM, 160HD 7200 RPM, Pioneer 18xDVD +R DVD RW dual layer, ATi Radeon 9550 AGP 256 MB DDR w/VGA, DVI, TV out. It comes with an 18" Dell Ultra Sharp flat panel LCD monitor, Harmon Kardon speakers, Windows XP PRO w/SP2, Windows Office XP PRO. 5 PCI slots, 8USB ports (2 frt and 4 rear), 2 serial ports, 1 parallel printer port, key board and mouse. Seller claims it is upgradeable to Windows Vista. All for $720.00. Question, I am an average user not into business computing just small time gaming and home style browsing. Is this a buy or is it a better choice to purchase a new Dell home PC and probably pay more. Thanks in advance.
 

A:Refurbished Computer

Do NOT buy that computer. Its not that great of a computer expecially an optiplex with a P4 2.4. the 18" monitor is nice as well. But you can get a new dell with a 19" flat screen for like 699 and it comes with a warranty.

If you are looking to play some games, do not use Windows Vista. I have experienced this myself and it sucks for gaming. There are barely any updates and drivers for it yet. I reinstalled my XP for the time being. And for like 50$ you can get an OK video card off of www.newegg.com that will be better than that 9550 whichs sucks anyways.

With this Dell right here, it would beat the crap out of that used computer you were looking at.

It comes with;
19" Flatscreen Monitor
Pentium D Processor (Dual Core @ 2.8Ghz Which is basically 2.8 x 2 = 5.6Ghz)
1GB Dual Channel Ram DDR2 667Mhz
250GB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
48X CD-RW/ DVD Combo Drive
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Windows Vista Premium

Yes this computer only comes with 1GB of ram, but that is enough if you dont plan on doing any serious gaming. ANd As for Vista, call them up and tell them you want XP and not Vista, but if you really want Vista go for it.

You can mess around with that Dell setup and customize it a little to even make it cheaper or a little bit more to have some nice components.

VGA card - I would be willing to bet that is does not have PCIe x 16. More than likely it has an AGP slot and a PCI x1 slot. Go with an AGP sl... Read more

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I fried my motherboard today. See other post to discuss that thread.

Right now, I'm asking about the pros and cons of buying a refurbished computer so I could stick with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, rather than buying a new unit with either Win 8 or 10.

I'm not a techie at all. I really do need plug and play (or is it plug and pray), so I can just take it out of the box and make it go like it's supposed to, without worrying about how long it'll last!

My very first laptop, years ago, was a refurbished Compaq. It worked ok but never quite like I thought it should have. So, once burned, twice remembered keeps popping up in my mind.

I think it's a question of how strongly I insist on sticking with Win 7, right? I like its look and feel, vs. the tiled, touch screen stuff I've seen in Win 8, and I presume Win 10 will be more like 8 than 7. So I don't know what to do!

??????????????

Thanks.

Tom
 

A:Solved: Pro/con of refurbished vs new computer

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Is there a reason why there would not be a clean service tag number assigned to a certified refurbished computer?  According to tech support, I get a service tag not supported message on My Dell Downloads because of that.

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I was wondering if it's possible to have windows 7 on multiple computers without paying a fortune...? Can anyone help?

A:Windows 7 Activation on more than one computer

The Microsoft End User License Agreement is for one system only.

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Hi all,

Lately I've been taking a break from my gaming tower and have been focusing on school with my laptop. My laptop is a dell latitude D630 with windows 7 home premium.

I'm currently looking online for a better, newer refurbished windows 7 laptop for school. I prefer getting another laptop of my same model. I mainly want to get another one because I've had this one for 2 years and my temps are going from 50c to 79c in a time frame of seconds.

So I wanted to personally ask:

In your opinion what is the best refurbished laptop company that you recommend?

I've gotten this laptop from here: Laptop Experience

I'd like to try different companies now, however.

If you strongly think I should avoid a dell latitude d630, I'm open to other windows 7 laptops as long as they are bulky and the screen is around 14 inches.

I'm going to look on my own as well but just wanted to see if anyone has recommendations.

Thanks.

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Dell Demension 3000 Intel celeron D processor320 (2.40GHz)
and 256K Cache
512MB Non-ECC
400MHZ
DDR 1x512

Warranty for 1 year, up in Oct:

Bought in October directly from Dell, last year, many problems since.
Called Dell in January due to lost: modem and Internet and sound, and use of CD Drive
Dell said we needed to "Restore:

Did that: worked for about 3 weeks

March: same thing, called Dell they sent out CD to Reformat entire system, wiped out entire computer, to brand new. YEAH RIGHT, half the software that was on my computer when sent out wasnt on the CD'S sent out, also sent out wrong Driver CD wasnt for Dell Demension 3000, had to download drivers from internet site.

June: Java Virtual Machine Launcher~ couldnt find the main class. Lost modem and internet and CD ROM drive again.

Called Dell on that, AGAIN they had me Reformat entire system everything wiped clean again.

Still not ALL software that was installed that I asked for, when I sent for the &*&* thing in October wasnt on the second CD sent out. They say they no longer make
demension 3000's

Called Dell today was on the phone for 2 1/2 hours with different people, hardware, customer service back and forth, giving me the run around. UGH

Finally I really got mad and asked for a manager or supervisor, talked to someone higer, but all I got was that she would have a manager from Dell "Exchange" call in the next 12 hours and promised this issue would be resolved, YEaH right.

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A:UPDATE: Refurbished computer coming is...

Number 1, read the terms of the warranty and see what items are covered and what items are not covered.

Write a formal letter to Dell while the warranty is still in effect describing the problems you have encountered with the machine and Dell's remedies that have failed.

Describe fully what you expect Dell to do to correct the deficiencies subject to the terms of the warranty.

Now most importantly, make a copy of your letter for your records, then mail it to Dell by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. When you receive your return receipt back from the post office be sure and keep that receipt since this is proof that they received your complaint while the machine was in warranty.

RAISE HELL about the deficiencies, remember "the squeaky wheel gets oiled".

If Dell fails to address the deficencies that are warranted, then file a complaint with your States consumer advocate (if your State has one). If your State does not have a consumer advocate, contact your State's Attorney Generals Office for advice (possibly your State may have a "lemon" law that will cover your situation.

If Dell fails to respond, contact your attorney for advice as how to proceed.

If you don't send your correspondence by Certified Mail with a Return Receipt Requested at some point Dell may just say they were not properly notified of the problems.
 

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I recently got a Dell OptiPlex 755 (it was free). It needed a HDD and I maxed out the memory. I also installed a floppy drive and the original video card that it cam with but wasn't included.
I have a copy of XP that I'll be installing. With this new ransom ware going around, should I only have the XP computer plugged in to my network while updating it. I see that Microsoft released an update to combat WannaCry.

A:installing XP and updates on refurbished computer

I don't know about your inquiry, but just a heads up, if you've maxxed out this computer's RAM, that means that you have installed 8GB of memory. If your copy of Windows XP is 32-bit and not the rarer 64-bit, the OS will limit the available used RAM to 4GB.

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Is there a way to tell if Microsoft Office was installed in a refurbished computer I bought from BestBuy online?

A:A way to tell if Office was installed in a refurbished computer?

Hi,
Beside looking in uninstall a program/ programs and features and see if it's listed there ?

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Is there a way to tell if Microsoft Office was installed in a refurbished computer I bought from BestBuy online?

A:A way to tell if Office was installed in a refurbished computer?

Hi,
Beside looking in uninstall a program/ programs and features and see if it's listed there ?

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can i see the window/7 activation code/product key somewhere in windows ? if yes, how ? thanks; i'm trying to see if it's a legal copy

A:WINDOWS/7 ACTIVATION CODE IN COMPUTER?

If it has been activated, it is legal.

You can use the Belarc Advisor to see the key, but be aware that if it was installed by the manufacutrer, it might not be the key you need for activation.. Do you have a sticker on the tower ( bottom of a laptop ) with the key?

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I have a new computer with windows 7 home premium and I have no sound, example; playing a video

A:refurbished computer no audio device installed?

Use windows update to see if it installs sound drivers, if not look up your motherboard and find the audio driver

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Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0x8004FE21
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-D3FF6-DBX4C-PMRVR
Windows Product Key Hash: VueNuSXJuhxhHbk14QaOuTKTCxc=
Windows Product ID: 00371-OEM-9045901-66993
Windows Product ID Type: 3
Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {7120EDFC-FBDE-484C-A01B-8088175CA6B8}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-8004... Read more

A:Windows Activation Technologies, computer not running Genuine Windows.

See the notes in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3004394 - it is not advised to uninstall the update if already installed as it may cause other issues.
MS have since released a new patch designed to resolve the issues caused bythe failed patch..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3024777

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Hi,
 
This afternoon my computer started asking whether I wanted to allow Windows Activation Technologies to make changes to my computer. I keep clicking "No," but it pops up again every thirty seconds to two minutes later. I looked it up and it's apparently an anti-piracy software that prevents an illegitimate copy of Windows from running after 30 days or so, but I've had my legitimate computer for about two-and-a-half years now. I suspect a virus or whatever is trying to use it to maliciously affect my system. My computer has also become less responsive, briefly freezing every so often and not always registering when I click on something. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium with a 64-bit operating system on a Lenovo laptop. The program that keeps requesting permission is located at C:\Windows\system32\Wat\WatAdminSvc.exe . There's probably a lot more information you need--I've seen posts with huge logs of data--so please let me know what info you need and how to get it for you.

A:Allow Windows Activation Technologies to make changes to your computer?

Moved to Win 7 from AII.

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Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0019.0):
-----------------------------------------
WGA Data-->
Validation Status: Genuine
Validation Code: 0

Cached Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-2QWT6-HCQXJ-9YQTR
Windows Product Key Hash: PVjSC5x6njvqunmbCY3lOD7rYDo=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00007
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {461A3A84-780D-479F-ABD4-DD33B48A225D}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
WGA Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.160211-0600
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

WGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF... Read more

A:Computer not upgrading to Windows 10 because of Activation Problem

Hi Chris,
Sorry to say, Yep it is a pup.
Although its partially activated, it wont go any further.
You have an Asus but with a different manufacturers motherboard, American Megatrends.
The type of licence on the comp, OEM, can only be genuine if both match, and the OS (W7) was installed when built.
There are indications that an exploit tamper has been used.

MS will just tell you to buy a genuine Version of 10, as they will consider yours as a counterfiet installation.

Roy

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Hello All.

I am writing about a windows activation / update problem that has developed on my wife's computer. I started noticing the activation notices several months ago but am just now getting around to dealing with them. Simultaneously it seems, the windows update process stopped working as well. This system has been running fat, dumb, and happy for a number of years without major issues. So I find myself here and hoping that someone can help me.

I have run MalwareBytes, SuperAntiVirus, and Norton Internet security trying to find any indication of some type of infection. All came up with nothing other than some tracking cookies. I have also used Norton Utilities to scan for registry errors and it found some items which I allowed it to correct. But the end result is that I still have the problem.

My wife usually uses this system and I am rarely on it unless there is a problem. The default browser is Chrome. It is an older Dell system running a Core2 Duo 32 bit processor. Works fine for her and what she needs. Also, I have the hard drives running in a RAID 1 configuration using the motherboard's Intel RAID manager. About 1/2 of the disk space is unused and 4 GB Ram (3 usable obviously) on this system. Also, if it is relevant, this system started life as an XP system that I did a clean install on several years ago to get it to Win 7.

Anytime I try running Windows Update / Check for updates, it tells me that it is not running. I have gone through seve... Read more

A:Windows Activation / Update problem on older computer

Hello and welcome TX mate take a read of this it may work out for you I upgraded only the hard disk drive in my computer and now I keep - Microsoft Community I am just punting here it is because of the driver mentioned and it is an older drive.

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Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0x8004FE21
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-FX472-3W6J2-XH9GC
Windows Product Key Hash: Rs83R6K6iR36B6UD766Ut/ymVhU=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8703987-07873
Windows Product ID Type: 3
Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {0460AAD4-6E38-4D4F-8C29-5F0158C0C45F}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025... Read more

A:Windows Activation Technology : This computer is not running genuine

File Scan Data-->
File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\slc.dll[Hr = 0x800b0100]
is the cause of your problems.


Please run a full CHKDSK and SFC scan....

Click on Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-click on the Command Prompt entry
Select Run as Administrator and accept the UAC prompt - the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up.

At the Command prompt, type

CHKDSK C: /R

and hit the Enter key.
You will be told that the drive is locked,
and the CHKDSK will run at he next boot - hit the Y key, press Enter, and then reboot.

The CHKDSK will take a few hours depending on the size of the drive, so be patient!

After the CHKDSK has run, Windows should boot normally (possibly after a second auto-reboot) -
then run the SFC.

SFC -System File Checker - Instructions
Click on Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-click on the Command Prompt entry
Select Run as Administrator and accept the UAC prompt - the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up.

At the Command prompt, type

SFC /SCANNOW

and hit the Enter key

Wait for the scan to finish - make a note of any error messages - and then reboot.
Copy the CBS.log file created (C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log) to your desktop (you can't manipulate it directly) and then compress the copy and attach it to your reply

Post a new MGADiag report with details of any error messages encountered.

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I have a refurbished HP Compaq dc5750 Small Form Factor desktop. I was having some problems and had to reinstall XP Pro from the disk I was provided, but after that severall of my drivers were missing, including the ethernet controller. They're all ATI drivers. I hooked up another computer and tried to burn the drivers to a CD, but then when I tried to install them on my HP, I got a message saying I had to have Microsoft Frame-something 2.0. I'd love to be able to just download the needed drivers, but without being able to access the internet, I'm not sure how to do that. Can I get an external USB ethernet controller in order to do that, or will the missing Microsoft Frame (?) 2.0 and other drivers prevent that also?

Thanks.

A:Missing ethernet controller driver after reinstall on refurbished computer

Use this link Download: .NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1 (full package) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details to download .NET Framework 3.5 onto a disk or flash to copy across (hope it isn't Catch 22) and you can get the ATI drivers from Downloads

Use the Automatically Detect and Install - If you don't get the Save option from that, it will at least ID the package you need which you should see further down the page to manually download.

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I am trying to get my Windows 7 machine activated after a hard drive change and clean install.

It would not automatically activate online so I did the phone activation, no problem, I get the new conformation ID numbers and am good to go right?

NOT!

I originally upgraded the hard drive and reinstalled Windows and activated it. Windows 7 said it was activated before I tried to do the free upgrade to Windows 10. After I did the upgrade to Windows 10 it said it can't activate do to a blocked key.

I went back and fourth going back to Windows 7 and made sure it was activated and then did the upgrade again and same thing, the key is blocked. I even spoke to a few people at Microsoft and keep getting different So-called" answers and nothing works.

I even had it on Windows 7, 3-4 days saying it was activated before trying the upgrade and same thing the key is blocked.
I have even done multiple clean installs and just tried reverting back to Windows 7 through Windows 10 a few times. Most of (maybe all) the activation's from a clean install I had to do the over the phone and thought it was good to go until trying to upgrade to 10.

But NOW!

I reinstalled 7 again, activated it, now hours later it is saying the key is invalid in Windows 7. I never had this on Windows 7 until now.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Or if someone from Microsoft
knows
What is going on?

The code below is after I got the popup saying the product code is invalid Should I run the dia... Read more

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Lately my PC has been running slower than usual, loading into windows takes 3-minutes which is really frustrating. So I'm looking to Wipe my PC and Reinstall windows altogether. Windows itself is ?67 but I've saw a refurbished version which is around ?35 which is a huge difference for me. So i'm wondering what is the difference when purchasing refurbed version and will i run into unusual problems.

This is the refurbed version - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Professional-Refurbisch...

A:Windows 7 refurbished

You don't have install media or a factory recovery partition?

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Hi,I have a ThinkCenter desktop mashine. It's about 8 years old. Recently I replaced the HDD with an SSD and reinstalled Windows7 on it from a DVD that I received from a friend. During installation I proveded the Windows7 product key as requested by the installer. During the Windows activation process I received a 0xC004F063 error message, indicating that the BIOS driver is missing a licence, so the activation can't be done.  I then called Microsoft Support to activate via phone, but was told, that only Lenovo can do the reactivation. Can you please help what to do? Thank you in advance! 

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keeps asking for reactivation. does not allow reactivation. I used a registry cleaner. Maybe this is the problem. I have tried a few fixes on other forums. Please let me know what other info I need to share.

A:Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

NB: Sometimes the report can be very long if there are lots of eventlog errors - so please post between <code> tags (# in the toolbar)

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Hi,

There was a garage sale and this person was selling this desktop for free.

It came with OEM (I believe, because it had the sticker saying this was designed for XP, and booted to XP) with XP, and I also got a windows 7 install ISO from Microsoft Tech Support awhile back for a different problem. I used that ISO to install, and i'm currently running unactivated.

The product key for XP doesn't work.

The product key that magical jelly bean found says it's default.

The product key that was actually designed for this ISO didn't work either.

What can I do about this? With buying a licence being last.

Willing to try other options...

A:Refurbished PC Windows 7, problems.

You can try contacting Microsoft to see if they will activate it. If not, you are most likely looking at purchasing a license (if you can).

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I recently purchased a refurbished HP laptop from a third party. After startup I encountered the bsod. The person I brought from said to scratch off the silver covering the full license key to activate. My problem is, I can't get it to boot so I can register the new license. Can you help please?

A:How to register Windows 10 refurbished key

Hello, Welcome to the HP Support forum. Getting the PC to boot is different from the Windows activation. Do you mean BSOD like >this< - if YES< it is  known as Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). BSOD is kind of Windows self-protection feature. If you received a blue screen error, or stop code, the computer has shut down abruptly to protect itself from data loss. A hardware device, its driver, or related software might have caused this error.What you describe could happen because of incompatible with Windows driver (most often) or because of hardware issue (rarely). In order to troubleshoot, I would need some specific information.  I would first recommend you test your hardware for issues 1. Please, shutdown the computer using the power button2. Power it on.2.1 As soon as you press the power-on button, immediately begin hitting the Esc button (like tap-tap-tap).This should open a HP Startup Menu which may look similar to this one 3. Choose F2 to open System Diagnostics. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform System Test >> Quick test.This will check major hardware componets for issue (do it just in case) . Here is more info >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467259#AbT1 If there is no Quick test available, please perform Hard Drive test and Memory tests  

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Back story (if you want to know why): A friend of mine bought this computer with Windows 7, then changed so much (stuff for lack of a better word), that Windows DVD Maker opened instead of ANYTHING else you clicked on unless you Right Click > Run in Sandbox mode the program (never seen this option before). Also, I was unable to install any programs or uninstall in programs. So re-install Windows is my default move when I don't know what else to do.

What I did:
1) I read:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

2) I made a bootable USB with:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

and Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 (old) X17-24280.iso from:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

What happened:
1) The Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs OEM Software sticker on the laptop doesn't have a Product Key on it. There is a Windows XP Professional sticker also on the bottom, this Product Key obviously didn't work either (but I tried it).

2) Currently running Windows 7 Pro, but not activated.

What I want to do:
1) Get Win 7 activated.

What I wish I would have done:
1) Got a Diagnostic Report BEFORE I re-installed Win 7.

What I'm thinking about doing:
1) Trying to install Windows XP with the Product Key.

Computer Model Latitude D620
BIOS Vendor Dell Inc.
BIOS Version DELL - 27d70403
BIOS Date 4/3/2007
OS Version Microsoft Windows 7 Professional


Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Dat... Read more

A:Windows 7 Pro Refurbished PCs reinstall

The installed Product Key is the Default Key for Win7 Pro - and can never be activated.
What EXACTLY does the refurbisher's sticker say?
Most refurbishers are required to affix a proper COA sticker for the new OS alongside the old - and this should have the full Product Key on it. Many others with so-called 'refurbisher's stickers' on are in fact counterfeits.

Check inside the battery compartment - the COA sticker may be there.

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Basically I am just building my new pc and need to get a copy of windows 7. I plan to get windows 7 home premium 64-bit OEM edition. When i went to buy it for £73 i noticed there was a link advertising it for £43. This is from Amazon. The only difference i can see is that this one is refurbished. Just wondering what this means, since it only has one use so how can it be refurbished? does it mean they have just re-used an old disc and got a new product key for it? is this legit or is i better to get the full price new version? thanks for any help.
 

A:Refurbished windows 7 question

A refurbished OEM would be illegal since the OEM version cannot legally be re-used as it is tied to the specific hardware.
I would steer well clear.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3995 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 148 GB (99 GB Free); E: 7 GB (7 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 01TKCC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I replaced VISTA but Windows 10 is still slow in spite of some tweaking.

What else can I do?

Thanks
 

A:GOT A WINDOWS 10 PC REFURBISHED BUT IT'S SLOW.

You only have 3 to 4 Gb of RAM and you have less than 100 Gb of disc space.
Provide us with your computer brand and serial or service tag number.
 

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Most Thinkpads coming back on the market as refurbished units have Windows 10 installed.  This is even for models as early as the T400/T500 when the original operating system was Windows 7. This is somewhat annoying since I have devices for which drivers are available only for Windows 7 and earlier. I would prefer not to have to re-purchase "upgraded" devices - at least until the EOL of Windows 7. What are my option(s) to get Windows 7 on such a system? i) Would the Restore and Recovery discs for the original Windows 7 install still be available from Lenovo? ii) Would it be better to find a generic Windows 7 installation disc (with COA and Product Key), install this, then get the drivers for the specific Thinkpad from the Lenovo web site? iii) Could downgrade rights to Windows 7 Pro be exercised with a refurbished Thinkpad running Windows 10 Pro? Thanks! P.S. How about the more recent Thinkpads which were originally with Windows 7 Pro via downgrade rights from Windows 8/8.1/10?  

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Hi,
quick Licensing Question..
Want to double check something.
I am in the process of sourcing some used PC's, that I can refurbish, and setup for a non Profit School for orphaned Children.

I have a few retail packs of Windows 7, and Windows XP.
can I use these retail pack licenses on the computers I manage to refurbish/Build?
I plan on offering them some basic computer training , and Ideally would like the computers to all be on the same windows version.
thanks.


Kind Regards, Darren Coetzee * Don't forget to mark as Answered if you found this post helpful. *

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Just curious if any Pros Or Cons ?? I'm about to Reboot my Computer in my quest clear out whatever is preventing me from taking Updates without Failure or Error Codes...I just recently purchased a Refurbished Dell that came with the Windows 7 Pro Operating System...The label on the CD that came with the Dell has the Microsoft Logo and Refurbished Windows 7 Pro printed on it as well... Pardon my Computer Illiteracy but I just want to make sure that I can Safely Reboot my Computer with this CD ?? Thanks

A:Refurbished Windows 7 Pro Operating System.....

As long as the Product Key on the COA sticker is still readable you can use the latest Win7 installer with SP1 for your licensed version provided here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Win7 and the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end of the tutorial. I would run the Delll bootable Diagnostics now to check over the hardware first, then if it runs only save that partition since Recovery won't run after reinstall. Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the . If Diagnostics won't run the delete all partitions during the install.

Ask back any questons you have.

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Hi there all.  I just purchased a refurbished T440s from BestBuy.  It was shipped from one their resselers.  It has the following specs: T440s - 14"Intel i5-4300U CPU1920X1080 Touchscreen250GB SSD8GB DDR3 It came with Windows 10, which I had to go thru and install it myself.  I was a desktop user before and didn't have any experience with notebooks before.  But I did realized it didn't have any of Lenovos utilities on it.  That seemed odd to me.  So I went to Lenovo support.  I was very impressed.  The serial number was detected and 5 downloads were offered as "the most popular" downloads for this model.  So I went ahead and installed the following utilities: - Lenovo's system update for Windows 10- Connect2- Lenovos Power Management Driver for Windows 10- Lenovos System Interface Foundation for Windows 10 So far, so good.  Everything seems to work well.  I have the follwoing questions: 1.  Did I miss anything?  Are there any more utilities that I should be installing? 2.  What is Expresscache Utility.  This computer has only one 250 GB SSD.  Do I need to install the Expresscache utility?  My understanding of it is that Expresscache speeds up reading and writing to HDDs by using cache on SSD.  I don't have an HDD on it.  However, I do use a large external USB HDD.  So would Expresscache help speed up read/write to the external USB HDD? Th... Read more

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Hi Tech Team.

So I got sent a refurbished HP Compaq nc6400 last week. It had Windows XP Pro already installed and also came with a backup disk. But right away, I noticed that there were some things wrong. Again, I'm not very tech savvy; but I will explain as best I can to come off like I am.

For one thing, some windows would pop up just off the screen(like the EQ window in VLC Media Player)and I would have to drag/maximize them. I was told on another forum that it looks as though my computer was previously set up as a dual monitor situation. But they never really gave me a remedy to fix this. I checked under monitors on the desktop and made sure that the primary monitor was *1*(and that 2 was inactive) but this problem still persists. But this is the smaller problem.

The larger problem is that sound only comes out of the right speaker. I fiddled with all of the sound options on the control panel. No change. I googled this problem and found a lot of similar complaints just like this; but no real solution. I called HP headquarters and they told me to uninstall/reinstall Soundmax. I did that. But still- nothing. Just sound from the right speaker. When I plug in my headphones, the left and right play fine. Since the complaints on google are several years old, I was wondering if there was a simple solution that I may have overlooked.

Thanks, and also if you guys know of any efficient ways to accelerate/boost bandwidth speed, please let me know.
 

A:A couple of problems with a refurbished HP w/Windows XP Pro

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I bought a used Dell Desktop computer from Dell a few years back. As advertized, it did not come with any software/OS installed or OS disc and I was fine with that because I had a copy of Vista I previously purchased. However when I received it, it had a Windows 7 COA stuck to it. Fast forward to today, I would like to put Windows 7 on the computer. Trying to understand what, if any, rights I have to use the license key.

It's an unusual situation and I can't seem to find a straight answer. Don't know that I will, but thought to put it out there to see if anyone had any thoughts/ideas.

Thanks.

A:Refurbished Dell with Windows 7 COA but no software.

A Windows 7 COA gives you the activation key for exactly the copy of Windows 7 as specified on the sticker.

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A friend dropped off a T410 system. Windows is flakey and locks up after about 5 minutes. Ran the HD test program in the BIOS. It finished but gave me a bunch of 0000 Read verification errors though the controller tested fine. What I'd like to do is format the Windows partition and re-install. But I don't have Windows disks (there is a COA sticker for Windows 7 Home Premium 64). Can I build a set of recovery disks from this system? Even if Windows won't run? Any info would be a great help. Thanks.

A:Refurbished T410 Windows flakey

Hi, does this help you: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7# ? RegardsTimKp

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I, too, received notice from Mozilla Firefox and am now limping along on old unsupported version of Internet Explorer, trying to find some technical advice about a refurbished desktop computer I'm considering buying to replace this poor old laptop with Windows Vista. Am new to site and still trying to find my way around. Can anyone tell me anything about a Dell Optiplex 790 i5 Desktop? Refurbished with 4 GB Ram, 1 terabyte Hard Drive, Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit OS?
 

A:VISTA/Windows Replacement Refurbished PC?

Alos, I have requested a MOD to open a new thread for you. Yes if youre just wanting a decent desktop for casual use that would be an excellent system. I love Dells because they are reliable BUT I myself like to have upgradability =and Dell doesnt really offer that very much like a custom built machine would. But If you can get that PC for a good price Id buy it.
 

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Greetings, I just got a refurbished Pavilion laptop. It came with Windows 10 pre-loaded and is in perfect working condition, but they stripped all stickers from it, including the one with the Windows license key. If I purchase the recovery media from HP, will it have the license key, and will it work on my laptop?   I'm awaiting a callback from the refurbisher's customer service department to see if I can get a key from them (I just called a few minutes ago). For the price I paid, I don't mind doing a little legwork to take care of this (including purchasing a new copy of Windows, although I'd rather not if I can avoid it).

A:Refurbished Laptop with no Windows License Key

@G-Rock77? If the notebook is a model that is only a few years old, then the license activation key is actually in the BIOS.   Since the 17-121gw notebook is a 2015 model, that is where the license  activation key will be, unless the refurbisher cleared the HP Factory  Default keys. Windows COA stickers have not been used for a few years on HP desktop and notebook PCs. Check in the BIOS. See the image below. 

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Looking for new (second hand) Lenovo laptop on ebay a seller has told me when I queried - the Windows and Office versions and how I could reinstall in case of a crash

"Yes I can confirm the windows 7 and office 2007 are licensed. The windows 7 is an ultimate version which is a volume upgrade license(several volume upgrades) and hence I can't give out serial keys or media for both the software"

I thought the COA normally on the laptop base and its registration number was required in case of a reinstall.

Anyone know the current legal / Miscrosoft rules on this?

Cheers Chris

A:Windows 7 on refurbished hardware - what is legal

Dont buy Licenses from eBay. Volume licenses are for large corporations that have purchased site lic and if you ever need support you may not be able to get it with one of those.

Buyer be ware on eBay

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I had purchased a refurbished Dell, latitude laptop computer from online, years ago. In general system properties, it has Microsoft Windows XP, professional; version 2002, service pack 3. Computer has an intel pentium III processor, 1.0GHz, 256MB of RAM. The windows xp pro., was already pre loaded, so it was a computer delivered in a box with "no other" info, etc.. After many years of use and loaded up memory, I want to first; know how to get a startup disk from what is already installed on my laptop (xp pro.). Then how do I eliminate all the old to start fresh? And where and how does the installation disk, get reloaded on to a fresh computer? I have been researching all of this for a couple of day's, and you only get a little part of each question answered. The computer is otherwise useless if you can't help! So, anyone that can give me any answers or even a little guidance would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks, Featherwood
 

A:my windows xp professional was pre loaded on my refurbished comp., how do I ...

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I am more of a novice with this subject, pc and tech stuff, so forgive me if I am doing this wrong. I bought a refurbished HP laptop, or is it now called "notebook"? Plugged it in, wifi came on no problem. I didn't get any book or paper info. Probably cause refurbished. So I get on the blue HP screen and it wants a name and password before anything else. I filled it out. I tried to scroll down, wouldn't go. Tried "enter" and backspace and almost every key when it froze on HP sign in. Using a Vista to send this message. I don't think I am locked out cause can't log in. If anyone can tell me what simple move do I make to continue set up? Is it possible such as "enter button is damaged?  Should there be a "next" in a box that I ckick on,   is it down lower on screen? Then how do I get the page to scroll down? Any help appreciated. Don't even know if it has a warranty. Usually a great consumer except for mecahnical and internet pc. Apreciate if there an answer.Spoiler (Highlight to read)   











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A:windows 10 refurbished laptop model 15-f272wm

If the laptop / notebook is refurbished, can I assume you have no user data or user profile on this system yet?If the answer is no, then try the following: On powering on the laptop, as the blue HP POST screen pops up, press the "F11" key on the keyboard a few times. (You may have to power the system off by holding the power button for 5 seconds and trying again if you don't get the screen the first time). This should take you to the HP System Recovery Screen. If this doesn't work some systems us the "ESC" key in the top left corner of the keyboard instead. Once you enter HP System Recovery you should be able to follow the prompts to do a full factory restore of the system. Please note: This will erase all data and user profiles from the laptop, including the user profile that you can't login to, as you don't seem to have the correct username and password available. This process will take about 1 to 2 hours, so be patient.Here is a link to a HP site that explains exactly how to run Factory Restore:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c02638587 Once the system restore is done, and it powers back on, it should take you back to the "Out of Box Experience" or OOBE for short.  This will take you through setting up the system with your own user profile and installing factory software and drivers for the first time.The OOBE usually takes about 20 ~ 30 mins in windows 10. When you get to the screen asking you to create a Mi... Read more

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I have an HP Elite 8000 and a drive I need to run XP on. I picked up some password protected surplus drives from Ebay along with a fresh install of XP.
 
It wont install over the Windows 7 drives. I end up with a blue screen (I'd love to post a pic, but its asking for a URL and the pic is on my computer. How can I get the pic to show up on this thread?)
 
It warns that therey be a virus on the drive to be overwritten.
 
It also suggests running chkdsk/F. How would this be done? I cannot access the pasword protected drive.
 
We DID manage to install Linux Unbutu 8.4 on one disk but universally, we cannot connect to the internet, regardless of HD or operating system.
 
 
ANy way to fix this stuff?

A:XP for refurbished PCs wont overwrite Windows 7 or Linux

when does the blue screen show up, how far along the process do you get in the XP install?

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I just received the Aspire E15 today, and there are 2 major issues. First, it is supposed to have 500 GB and from what we can tell, it only has 28.5. The second is that windows 10 wont activate. I have tried to contact support at phone number and email, but i have not received any response. Need help ASAP!!

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Hi
I have a windows 7 HP DC 7700 pentium D Desktop PC with a licence for refurbished PC's.
I recently took advantage of the free upgrade to windows 10, and I have now decided that I would like to return to windows 7, but unfortunately I have gone past the 30 day period when I can reverse back to Windows 7.
The computer has an XP sticker with a traditional key, and a Windows 7 sticker with unusual keys.

My windows 7 licence sticker on my computer does not look like a key that I am familiar with, it is as follows;

Windows 7 home premium for refurbished PC?s
OEM Software
XXX-NNNNN
Do not tamper with or remove this label
XNN-NNNNN
NNNNN-NNN-NNN-NNN

I have a Windows 7 install disk, will any of the above keys allow me to activate my machine back to windows 7, they just don't look the same format keys that I am used to.
HELP!
Kind regards
Alan Woodward

A:windows 7 home premium licence for refurbished PC's

Your key is a 25 digit code in groups of 5

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My new refurbished Dell Optiplex desktop came with the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS and it is working fine. I need suggestions of how to install an internet browser, since there isn't one in it and I can only download the programs I own from the internet. I could use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

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