Key Activation After Upgrade

I have purchased a toshiba laptop from toshiba aus that came with windows 7 starter. A few weeks later is purchased an upgrade disk from the site its not cheating to upgrade it to windows 7 pro.
The upgrade worked but now it is asking for the product key to be entered. The problem is that the windows activation wont accept the key as it says its an upgrade key not for a clean install of windows 7.
The way i went around upgrading was to first try the dvd but when it was about to start dong the upgrade it said to use the windows 7 anytime upgrade. So i than used the windows 7 anytime upgrade and that worked for the upgrade and it now says windows 7 professional, but the other day it started to ask me to activate the key.

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Activation Key Not Working After Getting Upgrade

Earlier this month my hard drive crashed so i went out to buy a new hard drive at best buy and they told me i also needed to buy a new operating system. They handed me windows 7 upgrade saying that i can install it without any problems. Well, i put in my new hard drive and stuck the windows 7 upgrade cd in and it started to install etc. When it wanted me to activate the product, i put in the key that was in the box but it said it wasn't valid. I retyped it over and over with the same problem. I decided to skip it and would ask online later. So here i am wondering what i should do to fix this problem. Do i have to buy a new key? Did best buy hand me the wrong thing? Do i have to go out and spend more money just so i can have an operating system?

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Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-27 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Who do i contact, how do i get this resolved? If i have to install xp again and do a clean install while it's on there, i guess that's what i have to do. It's ridiculous, though. But it appears my key is no longer going to work. I am worried that i have been permanently locked out of what i paid for.

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Status not available
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Ps, is there a way of contacting higher management to complain about how i have been treated.

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Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Ok, here is the thing. I am using windows 7 professional 64-bit on my laptop. Now i need a bigger hard drive (which i already ordered). The product key for my windows i got from my university. Now it is a single activation key. It is extremely retarded but yes, you use the key once, its gone. Now i going to attempt ghosting the hdd via clonezilla and swapping the hard drive.

My second option is using the windows backup and restore function (i already have a dvd using the iso image which university provides). Now, i just want to know if windows backup and restore function requires a reactivation of windows or re-entering of the product key. Also, what about clonezilla?  Does ghosting, in general, require reactivation?

Posted On: 2010-02-23 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Changing Activation Key - Clean Install On Dell

I want to install a 40 gb intel ssd, but windows came preinstalled on my computer from dell. I recently contacted dell and they told me that no recovery media was available for windows 7 (dubious, i know), and that they could not help me. I have a copy of win 7 professional through the msdn academic alliance, i upgraded it to ultimate and therefore would prefer not to lose it. Therefore, i was wondering 2 things:1. If i install from the win 7 professional addition cd, but changed my activation key to the win 7 ultimate key, would i run into any problems?2. And if i did this, would upgrade the additional features included in ultimate edition (i suspect yes, but i'd like a confirmation)?

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Win 7 32 Bit Professional Activation Error - Invalid License Key

I bought the 32 bit professional version of windows 7 through the offer for students that windows had a few months ago. According to everywhere i can see online, professional can be installed on two physical pcs. I installed the os on my laptop shortly after getting it, with no problems. After the rc trial ran out, i decided to install windows 7 on my desktop computer, from the same dvd that i burnt the . Iso to and so on, and i didn't have any problems, at all, during the installation. Now, though, it's telling me that i have 3 days to activate windows. I thought that it already was activated- i put the key in, and i haven't used it on any other computers, so this should by the second pc supported. However, it keeps telling me that it isn't a valid license key when i try to put it in now. Why is it giving me this problem?

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Win 7 Upgrade Activation

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Posted On: 2010-03-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Activation Error Upgrade

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Posted On: 2010-01-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Activation Problem

I recently had a computer infected with a rather nasty virus and ended up having to low-level format the hd to get rid of it. The machine had xp factory installed and came with vista recovery disks. The vista recovery disks don't work and i haven't had any luck with support from the manufacturer. I tried installing xp using an disk i had lying around, but it bsods due to the incompatibility with the sata controller. So, after having read numerous articles saying that if i have a legitimate windows license i qualify for an upgrade, i went to the store and bought a copy of windows 7 professional upgrade.

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Posted On: 2010-07-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Is there anyway to "find" the product key on the disc? Or is there a setting that might need to be changed? If so how do i do that? I like w7, although i am prepared to go back to vista if need be.

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