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Q: Windows 10 activation

Hi,
I purchased/installed windows 10 pro from ebay (CoA). I enter the PK and windows does get activated.
<This PC><properties> displays: "Windows is activated" . I'm used to seeing a genuine stamp on the left
side of the screen, it's not there.
Has windows dropped this or do I need to do something?
Thanks,
Keith

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Preferred Solution: Windows 10 activation

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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
I recently changed a MOBO from an INTEL based one to one using an AMD PHENOM processor -- W7 didn't want any new activation rather surprisingly. (Broken Mobo and I had a spare ASUS MOBO lying around).

However the first time I switched to using a LAN cable instead of a Wifi USB adapter I got the "Hardware has changed - please activate windows. OK it activated fine -- however seems strange to me that a MOBO change didn't call for any activation (Disks, memory, DVD device etc were canaballized from the old machine) but a simple switch from Wifi to a LAN did. !!! The internal logic of the activation process seems totally illogical and bizarre. (Running W7 x-64 ULTIMATE). !!!

Cheers
jimbo

A:W7 activation -- new MOBO fine but LAN connection wants activation

In order to completely troubleshoot Windows validation & activation issues, please perform the following:

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

2. Run the tool, and then click Copy - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the tool here in your next reply

More detail: Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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I recently performed a system recovery because I was unable to back up to earlier time before we started having computer issues. Anyway I performed a recovery. Stumbled accross this by accident that windows has 3 days before it wall automatically activate. So I clicked activate. It gave me this message header. "The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation". There are 3 options. 1 is to Buy a new product key online. 2 is to type a different product key. 3 is to contact Hewlett-Packard Company to resolve this issue. I contacted Hewlett-Packard Company and they had me call Microsoft. Microsoft wants to charge me $100 for something I already own. Very confused. Anyway does anyone have a fix for this. Thank you

A:Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation

Hi
You have two choices:
You may either reinstall using the recovery partition, if you have one.
or
You could look for the key on the computer. It can be anywhere, including the battery compartment, if you have a lappy.
As a last restort you can try to use magic jelly bean, but I have doubts since you reinstalled.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

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Every time I reboot this one computer at my site, the Activation is gone.  I reactivate the computer and windows appears to be genuine, but once I reboot again windows once again requires activation.
MGADiag results:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->
 
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows Product Key Hash: xgsndMkYdJsYmUng0qIJ/thx+HI=
Windows Product ID: 00371-868-0000007-85573
Windows Product ID Type: 1
Windows License Type: KMS Client
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {E8AB3244-A396-4A36-9853-78537C5B42AF}(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_ldr.160408-2045
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 = 0x80070... Read more

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Hi, my Windows 7 Professional is activated for a long time.  However, the Windows 7 Professional OS require me to re-activation after the installed display card was suddenly  unrecognized by Windows OS?  Is there any method to prevent recognition
again by Windows OS if the display is intermitted fault?

Thanks.
Paul

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Hi Gents,

Hope someone can help me here. I've been using a retail version of Win7 Home premium 64 for about 2 years now with no issues.

During that time I've reinstalled the product possibly 6 or 8 times. Excessive I know but when things start to go wrong I like to start fresh again. Anyway from memory the last 2 times I have had to use phone activation.

A couple of weeks ago I dropped my laptop and killed the HDD. Put in a new one and reinstalled Win. I've just tried to activate with no luck. I went to phone activation and being lazy I typed in my old code I had saved from last time.

Now I can't activate and when I try and open the phone activation box I get a pop up from the toolbar saying the copy isn't genuine and nothing more.

Is there a way to resolve this or have I pissed off the activation so much that I actually have to shell out for a new copy?

Thanks in advance and I'm located in Thailand if that makes a difference.

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

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4MHKM-R9MG4-B9DC6
Windows Product Key Hash: fS2p+9FFNHo2N74fO2AYkN6aX6E=
Windows Product ID: 00359-312-2766597-85458
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {CABA53C2-FBFA-4CBE-BCEA-C50D8F29804C}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Sign... Read more

A:Activation Fail and no Phone activation possible.

The error indicates mismatched ID's in the license.

Please first try recreating Licensing Store.

Recreate the Licensing Store
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-Click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator - accept the UAC prompt
Run the following commands in the Command Prompt window, using the Enter key at the end of each

net stop sppsvc
(wait until the service has stopped before entering the following lines)

CD %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform
REN tokens.dat tokens.bar
net start sppsvc
slui.exe

After a couple of seconds the Windows Activation dialog will appear.
You may be asked to re-activate and/or re-enter your product key, or Activation may occur automatically.
If you are asked for your Key, use the one on the COA sticker on the machine's case

Reboot and Post back with a new MGADiag report.

(Note: the Line 'CD %win......\SoftwareProtectionPlatform' is all on one line - it may be broken in the Forum listing)

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Hi guys , I installed ATI 2010 Home, Boxed version made a backup image to external HDD. got a message saying I had 30 days to activate trial version? I restored the backup image and I activated ATI , offline, I then received a message saying thanks successfully installed. When I access ATI now I get the same box asking for activation again. the options are Try out, Buy, Activate, Cancel . I was thinking of reactivating online , but am wary of further messing up the install . I have not registered the product yet , Had a look at the Acronis register page ( they tell you Not recommended to access the page) ? Any ideas with this one ? options uninstall , reinstall? Try activate online? Anyone experienced this problem?
 

A:Solved: Acronis keeps asking for activation after activation

Hi guys, this ones solved, I took a chance11 rebooted, connected to the internet, started ATI and reactivated online it worked . Same as last time only the ATI icon seems to be different, have tested it a few times and goes straight into Acronis without problems now. Done!
 

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I just completely reformatted my computer after a suspected malware attack.
The first thing I tried after reformatting and doing a clean install of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit edition was to run windows update. I received the error code 80072EFD. This is before I installed any software, firewalls, or antivirus programs. I also get this same error when trying to activate windows or office, or when trying to set up Microsoft media center.

I do have internet connection. Both firefox and internet explorer work perfectly fine.

I have been in contact with microsoft, but nothing has worked so far. I thought I would see if anyone here had any ideas.

Here are the troubleshooting steps I have already done. Please read through these before posting as you can see I have already tried a lot of things!
1. Waiting 15 minutes and trying again
2. Restarting the computer
3. Adding windows update websites to the internet explorer exceptions list: http://*.update.microsoft.com https://*.update.microsoft.com http://download.windowsupdate.com Microsoft Support http://update.microsoft.com https://update.microsoft.com
4. Verifying internet connectivity (internet works fine)
5. Tried it with Windows firewall on and off. No other firewalls are installed.
6. I tried this before any anti-virus was installed. I have since installed AVG free and tried again both with it running and disabled
7. No software accelerator programs are installed
8. windows update is not using a proxy ser... Read more

A:Windows Updates; Windows Activation Error Code 80072EFD

Please post an MGADiag log (while I try and digest the current logs)

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine, but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell - Home

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Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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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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Hiya,

I am having a problem with my windows 7 home premium 64bit. I wiped my computer to try and get a new graphic card to work( never got it working, gave up and went back to my old graphic card) Since then I have had to wipe my computer a number of times, I kept having to wipe my computer since the same problem kept happening. Which is that my windows will crash and wont work after about 1-2mins after start up.

I thought it was my disk so I installed it from a usb windows installer and has been runnign fine for about 2 weeks until I was free to do the phone activation of my windows, I phoned up the activation after using my computer for a while then after I phoned and it came up genuine (like normal) I went to get a drink befor doing more work and once getting back to my computer I opened a new tab on firefox it was very slow on the internet so I clsoed my browser and tried to reopen it and but it woulnd't open windows has frozen completely so I pressed the restart button on my case and let it boot up and then it wouldn't let me do anything.

Does anyone have any idea of how come my computer seem to freeze and refuse to work once I use the windows phone activation?

A:Windows wont work after using windows 7 home phone activation

What makes you think it is the activation? Did you go click on "Start Button", right click on "Computer" and left click on "Properties"? When the screen comes up scroll down to the right bottom of the screen and you should see a "Genuine Windows Logo". If it says something different then there is an activation problem.

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Hi!Windows tells me that it wants to be activated on the machine mentioned above. I don't see any sticker with a license code on the case. So i tried to read the license key from the BIOS. This gives me HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487. Windows says that this key is a standard key and that i have to enter my individual key. But where can i find this key?Thanks in advance for any help!

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We purchased a VLK with Software Assurance from a local distributor here my question is what if from their VLSC License the Operating System listed are

10 Windows 7 Professional
82 Windows 8 Enterprise
15 Windows 7 Enterprise

We don't want to install Windows 8 as of now to our office and we wanted to retain the Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise as our Operating System. Do we have a problem for Activation if we still insists to used Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise Operating System using the Windows 8 Enterprise 82 Licenses?

Thank you very much

A:Activation Windows 8 Enterprise VLK but wanted to install Windows 7Ent

There is no way you can use a Windows 8 Enterprise licence for anything else than Windows 8 Enterprise. You simply can not activate Windows with a product key belonging to another Windows version and edition.

With those licences you can install and activate 27 25 Windows 7, not a single more.

Kari

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Hello all,
I have a very specific question that i can not find an answer.

I bought a new pc and i want to buy Windows 10 Pro. I have found a very good price for a Windows 7 Pro license which will give me a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

I will have the key in the following days but the pc is assembled and ready.

(1)Can i clean install Windows 10 Pro and activate it with the windows 7 pro key that has never been activated even for a windows 7 machine or
(2)should i first install windows 7 pro, activate it with the key and then clean install windows 10 and activate it with the windows 7 pro key

Thank you.

A:Activation of Windows 10 (clean install) from a Windows 7 Pro edition

Hi Trod,
You can install W10 NOW and you dont have to activate it immediately, theres a 30 day grace period.
So when you get your W7 package you can activate it with the product key.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums.

note your purchased W7 pro licence MUST be either System builder or retail or it will not activate

Roy.

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I owned the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 laptop and it was installed on Windows 10 Home. I upgraded to a Pro patch, and forgot that I did not have the activation key and now I want the activation key or way back to the Home version

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We have purchased the desktop computer HP Pro 2000 machine  with OS(Serial No. SGH022SGVB , Product No. VK189AV) and when we are goint to restore windows 7 professional, key is generated as 00371-OEM-8992671-00008. Please can you send the product activation key for windows 7 professional.

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Do you have to activate Win XP and if not how can I stop popup reminder for activation countdown. Is there anyway cause it is very annoying.
 

A:windows activation

A necessary evil I'm afraid. Windows XP will typically remind you to activate the product (most users will have 30 days to activate XP after installation).

To activate XP manually, you can use the Start menu shortcut in the System Tools Accessories folder. At the command prompt, type: oobe/msoobe /a or Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Activate Windows.
 

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Hi
I'm having problem with my friends computer.I installed windows 7 on his computer with my genuine windows 7 cd.I have installed previously windows 7 from same cd on my 2 other computer without any problem.but now on my friends computer message has come up that windows is not genuine.I tried to put in the genuine windows key which came with the cd but it says that this key cannot be used on this computer.I'm not sure what to do now.Is it because he did not activated his windows copy in time and now the time has passed or can it be some other reason.Please help thank you.
RA.

A:windows 7 activation

one copy one machine that is the rules.

If your version is oem technically you could get done by microsoft for installing it on more than one system.

You should have a seperate key for each install which means you have to call microsoft and pay them for a new key.

remember you do not own the copy of windows you have, you bought it to use through permission of microsoft they still own it. Installing it on more than one computer in Microsofts eyes is stealing and piracy.

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ok so i have been using my dads copy of Ultimate untill today it says i cant use windows anymore cuz i havent activated. typed in the key number thing and says its already in use, so that means only one computer can run one copy? that sucks, but now, how do i reinstall my old version of premium if i cant access windows now? i have the cd that came with the computer but i cant access it? can someone help me out ?

A:windows activation

Hi -

You should check w/ your dad, too - he might be getting the same message. You do need your own copy of Vista. If Home Premium came pre-installed on your system and you have the DVD and key code, you should be able to boot-up w/ it. You may need to change the BIOS order to look at the DVD 1st (b4 hard drive).

If that works, it will re-format your HDD and all files are lost. The only methods that I can advise you on to recover files is to purchase Ultimate and enter the key code or to use another hard drive for Home Prem installation, then connect the current as a slave and then try file retrieval.

The lingering issue is whether Vista has seen your running of Ultimate a Vista Upgrade, which may mean that your Home Premium key code is no longer valid.

If the files are not important, place the DVD in, boot-up and press the F2 key (or esc, enter, etc... if there is option mentioned on boot screen), enter the BIOS & change configuration so DVD 1st in line.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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 Hi
I want to Activate my windows 8.1 pro with the Product ID-00261-50000-00000-AA753, Could please tell me the steps to activate?

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I really need some help. I have gotten the windows activation pro virus and do not know how to remove it. I cannot restore to a previous version as there are no saves. If i try to go into the task manager i cannot see the task manager to kill the virus (if thats how you do it). I would really like for someone to help guide me through. All the guides i have seen were either confusing or didn't work.Thanks!Edit: Moved topic from Windows 10 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Windows Activation Pro

I believe i may have fixed it. I booted into system recovery with networking, opened iexplore, and used spyhunter 4. it is still scanning and at this point it has found 1330 threats. Ill reply with the result.

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I recently had problems with my computer, and had to replaces my hard drive and memory. I therefore had to install Windows XP again. We have a few computers at home, each of which came with an XP recovery disk. I took one of these (it could have been from another computer - I'm not sure) and installed Windows again. I now have a countdown for my 30 day activation period. My problem is I dont have an internet connection on that computer, and am unable to activate. I researched this online, and the solution seems to be to back up the files wpa.dbl and wpa.bak from my previous sytem and replace them onto the new Windows. However, I only found this out now, and have therefore lost the old files. The old hard drive is corrupt and therefore cant recover them from there. Does anyone know of another solution and can someone provide me with those 2 files? Many thanks.
 

A:Windows XP Activation

can you not just move that computer to where one of the others accesses the internet and activate it that way?
 

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I purchased legal licence for windows and I know that KMS activator (KMSPico) is illegal method to activate windows and office. I never plan to use it but I'm interested how that activator really works. I've always thought windows is secure system since activation process is online with serial key that is unique to every legaly purchased licence. I would be very thankfull if someone answered this couple of questions :
1) Who made KMSPico , did some hacker write it in c++ or is it microsoft product ?
2) What does KMSPico actually do to windows system so it can bypass online activation, how it actually works ?
3) Why didn't microsoft protect its system with windows update ?
4) How can I protect my system from activators like this ?

A:About windows activation

 
I purchased legal licence for windows and I know that KMS activator (KMSPico) is illegal method to activate windows and office. I never plan to use it but I'm interested how that activator really works. I've always thought windows is secure system since activation process is online with serial key that is unique to every legaly purchased licence. I would be very thankfull if someone answered this couple of questions :
1) Who made KMSPico , did some hacker write it in c++ or is it microsoft product ?
2) What does KMSPico actually do to windows system so it can bypass online activation, how it actually works ?
3) Why didn't microsoft protect its system with windows update ?
4) How can I protect my system from activators like this ?
 
 
1) Microsoft supports a licensing mode called Key Management Service (KMS), but it is typically only used (available?) for volume licensing accounts.  I remember playing with it at work a few years back and it seems like there had to be some number (I want to say 25 or more -- but maybe it is only 5?) Windows systems for the KMS system to become operational.
 
I'm not familiar with KMSPico, but based on a quick Google search it reveals that KMSPico is not a Microsoft product and appears to primarily be used to facilitate software piracy of Microsoft Windows.
 
2) I've never used KMSPico and do not know specifically how it works. (I don't think the discussion would be permitted on this forum)
 
3) Microsoft d... Read more

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I am trying to activate my Windows XP Professional edition. Microsoft instructions say "To check your activation status, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows". The problem is that the drop down menu does not have an "Activate Windows" selection. Any clues here?

A:Windows XP Activation

Go to Start/Run and type: oobe/msoobe /a and press enter. It will tell you if you are activated or not.

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Hi Guys,

I bought a Sony Vaio (VPCEH) pre loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium a few years back and it recently had a HDD failure so I bought a new one and installed. The laptop didnt come with a disk copy of Windows 7, just the recovery partition on the HDD. Managed to get a vanilla copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and install that with the Key that came with the laptop. 90 days later, Windows said that it wasnt activated. Long story short, the Cert of Authenticity Licence Key isnt from Microsoft, but one Sony uses, although Microsoft have said that the key is genuine, Id have to contact Sony. Been in touch and they put me in touch with a supplier for the correct version of Windows for my machine, but they no longer stock it. So, bit stuck on my options.

All I can think is that I will need to buy a new key.

Do you guys know if I can still get Windows 10 upgrade with what is effectively a trail copy of Windows 7.

Any help appreciated..

Ian


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

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-VGV87-C7XPK-CGKHQ
Windows Product Key Hash: sdEjrEJjW0FuXAhegYxl8GAkBYg=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00016
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {44C80178-3D4A-4122-BAF9-3BB821E8D508}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
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A:Windows 7 Re Activation

Looks to me like you reinstalled WIndows using a retail disk or download, rather than the Sony recovery media.
To be able to do that, you MUST use the Product Key from the COA sticker, and not the one found using any kind of 'Keyfinder' application/program.
You need to change the Product Key to the one on the COA sticker on the machine's case (or inside the battery compartment), using the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System properties page.
You may need to activate by phone.
If there is no COA sticker on the case, then as far as MS is concerned, the computer is not licensed to run Windows.

You may be able to buy a set of Recovery media from Sony which should work (the SLIC table appears to be present and correct so should activate the Sony Key properly when it's used with the correct installation media)

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ok, a computer was upgraded from win2k to winxp pro with a windows upgrade version ....

but now, needs to be reformated and reinstalled...

how would i go about doing this?

format, reinstall win2k, and upgrade?

also, what about re-activating it? any issues there?
 

A:windows XP activation

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Hi

I switched on my computer and following happened-

A screen with the word Platinum comes up ( never seen this before) and in the bottom corner the words Press tab to switch to post or delete to enter bios. If you press tab the following message appears-

cmos checksum error - defaults loaded
Warning now system is in safe mode
Please reset overlocking features in setup menu.
Press F1 to continue or delete to enter setup.

If you press F1 windows XP logo appears and then the welcome page, after this the following box appears with Windows product Activation and the message-
This copy of windows must be activated with microsoft before you can log on.
Do you want to activate windows ? yes or no.
If you press yes then my screen saver appears but nothing else.
I have left the computer for a number of hours hoping something might happen but it just stays on my screen saver.
Any advice as to what i need to do to resolve this would be much appreciated.

A:Windows activation

Quote:




cmos checksum error - defaults loaded




Something has changed in your Bios. Your CMOS battery may need changing.
Restart the computer and press the Del key to enter Setup (Bios)
In the Bios, set it to Failsafe Defaults. Save and Exit. The computer should load into Windows without prompts. If the clock on the computer is off, doesn't keep the correct time, you will need to change the CMOS battery on the motherboard.

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I i'm not sure if this is the right place, however, I have a legitimate version of windows 7. I have been using is for a couple of years now with no problem(I have the box and the reciept of when it was bought). I turned my computer on just now to find that it says it is not Genuine. Please can you advise me how to resolve this?

Thanks

Gareth

A:Windows Activation

I just spoke to an agent through the online chat, she said that my Key had been blocked as it was an MSDN Key, which is rubbish. When i asked her why and stated that it had been bought from a shop, she disconnected the chat! Brilliant!
This software cost about ?150!!! and i get this service?? Marvelous.

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Hi Everybody,

I updated to Windows 10 last week from what I thought was an activated version of windows 8.1, but now I'm stuck with an "Activate Windows" watermark in the bottom right of my screen (which goes over everything, not just the desktop) and I was wondering if in order to activate windows I could just buy a new product key, or would I need to re-install windows with the new product key. If anyone could give me any other idea of how to resolve my problem I would be truly grateful.

A:Windows 10 Activation Help

First thing to try is to activate it using your windows 8.1 key (change product key) from activation menu.

Use showkeyplus to extract 8.1 key if you do not know it.

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RECENTLY REPLACED THE HARD DISC AND CONVERTED FROM WINDOWS 7 HOME BASIC TO WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE, SERVICE PACK 1.
ACTIVATION IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE HELP OF OLD PRODUCT KEY, PLEASE SEND ME NEW PRODUCT KEY

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Hey people,

I recently posted a message regarding a laptop of a friend of mine, requesting help.

Now, i wanted to check if the windows 7 were genuine.
So, i went to the validation page of microsoft, I downloaded the program it asked and I run the check. After checking it told me that the windows 7 are genuine.

Thing is, I asked him about it, and he told me that they are pirated. When I asked for more information, he told me that he downloaded a genuine ISO from digitalriver, and skipped the "enter product key" when installing them. Since then, he has been downloading updates etc, without any issues. The only thing he has done is hiding that notorious anti-piracy update from windows update (KB97 something)

Can this really be? Shouldnt the validation check at least ask him to activate the windows?

A:Windows 7 Activation

Might be that he installed it less than 30 days ago by which time(30 dats or something) he would get asked to enter the product key or his windows copy would get shut down.

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Out of the blue, this Windows Activation box says:

The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

Then, there's 3 choices to click on:

Buy a new product key online
Type a different product key
Contact Dell to help resolve the problem

My desktop picture is all blank/black too (but the icons are still on there.) This is all news to me. I didn't type in anything in the first place.

I've had this Dell desktop computer for several years & this never did this before.

Hopefully someone can help me. (I'd try retyping the long digit product key in that I always had, but it's at my parents' house where I'd hopefully find it.)

A:Windows Activation Box Said...

Quote:




Contact Dell to help resolve the problem

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I activated my windows on the phone and it successfully worked, but every time i try to log into my name it says i have to activate my windows... so i click next or ok whatever option it gives me. then it says i already activated it sending me back to the beginning. I WAS JUST USING THE COMPUTER 5 min ago. The only reason i got to here was because my windows update never worked so i thought this would help plzzzzzzzzz help.
 

A:Windows Activation

Welcome to TSG...Microsoft KB 312295 includes guided help to fix this problem.
 

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I've had OEM version of XP installed for 6 days and activated it and registered on the day of installaton. Now 6 days on windows is asking me to activate and register again with the mesage '25 days left to activate' above the icon.

What's going on?
 

A:windows XP activation

Seems as though it has not accepted the activation.

Re-activate it. Its able to be done as many times as you want on any unchanged installation and it does not cost anything, so assume you have tried?
 

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I've had OEM version of XP installed for 6 days and activated it and registered on the day of installaton. Now 6 days on windows is asking me to activate and register again with the mesage '25 days left to activate' above the icon.

What's going on?
 

A:windows XP activation

Seems as though it has not accepted the activation.

Re-activate it. Its able to be done as many times as you want on any unchanged installation and it does not cost anything, so assume you have tried?
 

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I have used windows on my pc for a couple of years, it as suddenly started asking me to validate. I have entered the product code, checked it n times, but it will not recognise it and now will not allow sending email and screen saver drops out?

A:Windows activation

Where did you get this copy of Windows?

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Hello,Yesterday I bought a brand new HP Pavillion 15 ab-273tx laptop which comes with pre-installed windows 10. However after setting up he laptop, Windows is unable to activate itself. The activation window shows: Error code: 0xC004C003. Error details reveal: "......The specified product key has been blocked." Why is it blocked? I just bought this laptop yesterday, and from what I know, Windows 10 product keys are pre-installed in BIOS so what's the matter here, why is this product key not working?Please Help, HP!

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I have just fired up a PC that has not been on for some time. Problem is, when it gets to logon I'm requested to activate windows, but when I click yes to activate nothing happens.
It just sits there with a blank blue screen. I have searched Microsoft KB but have not found a solution.
 

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How many times on average can you activate Windows on an unchanged hadware computer before it becomes invalid?

Cheers
 

A:Windows XP Activation

With no major hardware change, I don't think there is a limit . .

wrs
 

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Hello, I bought my lenovo z50-70 online and it was shipped to me through usa.I paid extra dollars to buy activated windows with it. Now, after 2 years probably I somehow corrupted my windows and the only solution I was left to delete the windows and install a new one. So, I did.Now, I cannot find my box of laptop neither I have any activation or product key of my original windows. Please, tell me how can I get that product key of my original windows with came with the laptop?Thank you.

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Hello, I bought my lenovo z50-70 online and it was shipped to me through usa.I paid extra dollars to buy activated windows with it. Now, after 2 years probably I somehow corrupted my windows and the only solution I was left to delete the windows and install a new one. So, I did.Now, I cannot find my box of laptop neither I have any activation or product key of my original windows. Please, tell me how can I get that product key of my original windows with came with the laptop?Thank you.

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Hi Everybody,

I updated to Windows 10 last week from what I thought was an activated version of windows 8.1, but now I'm stuck with an "Activate Windows" watermark in the bottom right of my screen (which goes over everything, not just the desktop) and I was wondering if in order to activate windows I could just buy a new product key, or would I need to re-install windows with the new product key. If anyone could give me any other idea of how to resolve my problem I would be truly grateful.

A:Windows 10 Activation Help

First thing to try is to activate it using your windows 8.1 key (change product key) from activation menu.

Use showkeyplus to extract 8.1 key if you do not know it.

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I recently purchased this laptop at a flea market...it has been working just fine but now it is requiring an activation key...I was not given any paperwork etc when I purchased so how would I go about obtaining this key?

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just wondering if windows xp sp1 requires activation?
is it the pro version?

exactly what is the difference between the home version and pro version?

cheers
 

A:windows xp sp1 and activation

All versions of XP require activation
Comparison of XP Home and Pro here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/choosing2.mspx
 

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I was having windows 8.1....AROUND 25 DAYS BACK my wifi port stoped working.. it was in disabled position... i reinstalled it bt still was not working and when i checked from device manager it was written "there is no problem with this and is working properly" but it wasnt and then the LAN port was also not working so i culd get it wb graded by 10 to check whether it works or not... so i gave my laptop to my offices  hardware support centreon 16/03 . They installed windows 10 pro i dont know how... i guess bt external cd or by windows 7 .. now my windows is not activated... and i need to activate it asap...There is one recovery option in update and security section of pc's setting which i can use within one month of upgradation. It states that "If pc is not working well resetting it might help. this lets you choose whether to keep your file or remove them and then reinstalls window" .It will work or not?? now one more problem is  that i am haing around 150gb data in my laptop which is verry verry much imp to me.. and i cant effort to loose it and even worse i dont have any  external hard disc so that i can transfer my file  or take a recovery... this option says that file wont get deleted bt i i am having two patitions on my disk.. 1 of which was created after windows 10 was installed and i dont know which disk will b secured E or F,, now what should i do??.. will this recovery thing  work&nb... Read more

A:regarding windows 10 activation

Hi Step 1 Create Recovery media, I suggest DVD's, to re-install OS at a later date. Step 2 Backup your data, either to about 30 DVD's or perhaps use a 128 gig SD card which is slow like a DVD. Step 3  OR consider shrinking the C:\ partition and creating a 250 gig  Data partition. When your Hard Drive fails just how important is your data?  How will you recover it from a DEAD HDD?  So make a backup plan now and carry it thru. NOW if you have done Step 1 you can consider rolling back to W 8.X if you wish, if you have also done Step 2 then you can roll back and consider your position from there. Without a set of RECOVERY MEDIA and a DATA Backup you will be in the sad state of a broken system.  So please ask again when you have done something positive about your OS and Data.



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