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Activating With Upgrade Product Key


I bought and downloaded a clean install of windows 7 professional 64-bit. Installed and activated onto my desktop no problem. However i did not realize that windows 7 could only be installed on one computer. As such, i installed it onto my laptop, and after 30 days was deactivated. I want to activate it and am wondering if a product key from an upgrade would work? I want to find out for sure before i spend the money on a product key that will be incompatible.

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Install Upgrade - Activating Win 7 Product Key

In january i got a free windows 7 starter disk in the mail. Last month i upgraded to windows 7 ultimate for like 100 bucks at the store. Last week i had did a whole reformat thing to my computer cause it was acting up really bad and when i restarted the computer as windows 7 ultimate it asked for me to put in my product key again that i got from the store. I tried that and it wouldn't work. And the computer says i still have 22 days left to activate windows 7. Any ideas? I tried the free starter product key as well . No luck. And i no longer have the free windows starter disk either or product key for windows ultimate cause i accidentally shipped them in the mail with household goods back to the states, where im being stationed next.

Posted On: 2010-07-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Product Key Is For Upgrade Only

Problem entering ultimate upgrade keyi purchased windows 7 ultimate upgrade on dvd and ran anytime upgrade to install it. The key was entered at this time. All seemed ok, ultimate worked fine. Now i need to activate ultimate but when i enter my ultimate key i receive a message saying that i can only use this key to upgrade not a clean install. I have not performed a clean install, nor do i want to. The original key for 7 starter is not accepted either. The window 7 ultimate upgrade disc appears to be genuine from a reputable dealer. I now have a message on my screen saying this windows is not genuine. How do i fix this ?

Posted On: 2010-07-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade Version Product Key

I have a laptop and a netbook, one legitimate vista key, one full retail win 7 key and one upgrade retail win 7 key. My question is this: currently the full retail version is installed on my laptop and is activated. I have also installed the full retail version on the netbook - this is awaiting activation after changing the laptop (to which the vista key belongs) to the upgrade version.

My question is - can i just change the installed product key on the laptop from the full version to the upgrade version without having to re-install vista first and then doing the upgrade? If you find my response helpful, please click on the "vote as helpful" button!


Posted On: 2010-04-26 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Upgrade Product Key And Language

I'm trying to finish upgrading my network to windows 7 (i've upgrades 2 at the official release), so i bought a family pack upgrade. But the family pack was only available in french (no english copies left).

Can i use the product keys from the french family pack to activate english installs? I already have english upgrade media from the previous upgrades, so it's just a question if the keys will activate?

If i can't activate an english install what options do i have? Is the french family pack of no use to me?


Posted On: 2010-03-04 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Product Key Was Intended For Upgrade Only

The harddrive on my desktop died , so thought i would buy a new hard drive and upgrade the whole pc. Then my probelms started. Previously i had win2k, which i upgraded to xp, the new hard drive would not boot with either one. So i put the new windows 7 in and booted up no problem the install went great and looks great, however i cant register the software because it is an upgrade version. I have both of the old versions and their security codes. What can i do? Can microsoft support help so i can use this version i have installed?

Posted On: 2010-06-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Upgrade Product Key Was Invalid

I upgraded my computer from windows 7 home to windows 7 pro, and the product key was invalid. I have installed the pro copy into another computer, which now has windows xp pro on it, not windows 7. I want to transfer it to this computer, so i used windows anytime upgrade, typed in my product key, and it said it was valid. 3 days later, it popped up saying that activation had failed, and the product key was invalid. I retyped it, hoping that was the problem, and no, it wasn't. I used the phone activation option and when i said "2" by mistake, they hung up-well, not really, because it was automated.

I want a real person on the other end, and i want to ask if they could remove it from the old computer. Until then, does anyone know how to undo an upgrade? I tried to upgrade to windows 7 home by typing the product key on the bottom of the bottom of the new computer, but because it was home, it said that i couldn't downgrade. Again, anyone know how to undo an upgrade?


Posted On: 2009-12-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade - Move Product Key From Old Laptop To New

Ok i have a windows 7 ultimate upgrade  that i bought at staples, on my old toshiba laptop that has a broken screen, so i wanted to buy a new one but the only thing is i was saving for a imac and wanted a moc os x and a windows 7 os now that you know my situation this leads me to my questions

1. Can i move the product key from my old broken laptop to a new one (like in question 2).

2. Can i do a clean install on a mac using bootcamp and use the product key from my old laptop that broke from above with the upgrade windows 7 ultimate.


Posted On: 2010-05-22 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Trying To Reinstalled Win 7 But Product Key Is For Upgrade Only

Here's what happened:i had windows vista that came with my computer. I purchased the online upgrade to windows 7 ultimate. I wanted to install linux on my computer, but it needs its own hdd partition, and i was unable to shrink the windows partition to allow me to create another partition for linux.
To get around this, i wiped my system, set up two equal partitions, installed linux on one, and borrowed my buddy's windows 7 install disk to install it on the other. After i installed, i tried to active, and got an error message saying my product key is for upgrade-only, not fresh installs.
I legitimately purchased windows 7, but because i didn't know my product key was for upgrade-only, i am unable to activate it. How can this be fixed?


Posted On: 2010-01-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Product Key Not Compatible With Anytime Upgrade

So i have home premium installed on my computer. I recently got my hands on a perfectly legal copy of professional. It isn't an anytime upgrade its the install dvd. So i tried and update and that didn't work. It told me i needed to do an anytime upgrade, however when i enter the product key it tells me that i entered a key for an edition of windows that is not compatible with anytime upgrade. So my question basically is. How can i upgrade to professional using the product key that i have?

Posted On: 2010-03-05 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Upgrade Product Key With Clean Install

I removed my previous post because i thought i had solved the problem, but i was incorrect. To make a long story short, i have a laptop that came pre-installed with windows 7 starter edition. It was not accompanied with a cd or dvd to reinstall windows. I had to reformat the hard drive for unrelated issues, and was stuck without a computer. I had purchased a windows home premium upgrade through the current college student promotion and tried to use that product key, but discovered it would not work for obvious reasons. I'd like to speak to someone about providing both of my keys (the windows 7 starter key on the sticker on the bottom of my laptop and the windows 7 hp upgrade key) to facilitate activation of my install.

Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Install Upgrade - Product Key Has Been Blocked

I've reinstalled windows 7 ultimate many times due to the failure of my computer, but i'm getting this message whenever i enter the product key:"the product key you typed has been blocked from use by microsoft"i'm then given 4 different options to choose. I tried doing the activation over the phone but that just turned into a wasted call because it rejected the number i entered after following the on-screen instructions. So what can i do to activate my genuine copy of windows 7 ultimate?

Posted On: 2010-06-05 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Install Upgrade Product Key Blocked

I have been using windows7 since the start of this year. Yesterday my computer crashed, likely from having two many applications open. This happens every so often. Even the background photo went away for the first time ever. Today when i restored to a previous windows from the day before i had a message that i may not have a legal copy of windows 7, so i went through the process of validation. I entered the same product key i entered months ago and windows still blocked it. Where do i go from here?

Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Install Upgrade - Product Key Not Valid

I am a graduate student at at univ. Of maryland, college park. Until around a month ago, i was using windows vista, but it kept giving me problems and viruses. So, i decided to switch to windows 7. The windows 7 cd is available at subsidized rates for staff members at the university. Since i am a teaching assistant, i could avail of this discount. Although i had asked for the upgrade cd, when i was installing windows 7, the cd asked me whether i wanted to upgrade an existing os or install a fresh copy.

I was not aware that the upgrade cd cannot be used for fresh install. I thought that if the upgrade cd cannot be used for a fresh install, then the cd would not give me the option of a fresh install. But since it did give the option, i decided to erase the windows vista files and install windows 7 afresh, since windows vista was giving problems. So, i installed windows 7 ultimate afresh, and i was asked to activate it. Its been about a month, and when i try to activate it, it says that the product key is not valid (that is, it can only be used for upgrade) and hence i am not using a legal windows copy.

But i was not told that the cd can not be used for fresh install while installing, and was given an option to either upgrade or install afresh, which resulted in me deleting my original windows vista files. I immediately contacted the university it helpdesk, but they do not have the fresh windows 7/vista cds for graduate students, they only have update cds, and advised me to contact microsoft. What should i do now? Can i get a new product key?


Posted On: 2010-07-19 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade To New Hard Drive - Product Key Not Valid

My hard drive crashed - trying to install windows 7 upgrade to new hard drive - product key not valid. I upgraded my computer running vista to windows 7 with an upgrade disk - no problem. My hard drive crashed so i now have a brand new hard drive in the computer.

I boot from the windows 7 dvd but of course the product key is invalid because there is no operating system on the new hard drive. Is there a way to get around this without having to install an operating system on my new hard drive first?


Posted On: 2009-12-20 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Upgrade Product Key Vs Clean Install Issue

Recently i purchased a copy of windows 7 professional and installed it onto a linux/unix system. After the instillation was completed, the product key i received would not work claiming it was an upgrade key. Although having it install on this non-windows computer so well, i can't believe upgrade/clean install are so vastly different that they require different product keys. There are also no options for telephone activation for some reason. Does this mean i'm officially forced to buy a whole new copy of windows 7 just for a product key?

Posted On: 2010-07-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Install Upgrade And Activate - Product Key Invalid

I bought my copy of windows 7 ultimate on ebay 3 months back.initially the product key activated successfully and the wga validation was also successful. I have tried to validate several time without any issues. Now after 3 months windows comes with message product key is invalid and key has been blocked by microsoft, but still when i validate my copy of windows it validates successfully. Can somebody advice if was cheated by the guy on ebay. I am attaching the dump from mgadiag.exe diagnostic report (1. 9. 0027. 0):

Posted On: 2010-07-15 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Activating Upgrade Version

I purchased windows 7 professional upgrade version a while back. My laptop previously had windows vista ultimate edition installed by dell when i purchased the machine. Unfortunately my hard drive died between purchasing and installation of windows 7 and the new key does not work as it tells me i'm not allowed to install as a clean installation - which quite frankly is a little annoying.

What do i do now? Do i have to go buy another copy of windows 7 or pay the difference between the upgrade version and the full version? Or do i have to uninstall windows 7, install vista ultimate then reinstall the upgrade version? Either way it is pretty annoying as there was no mention that clean installations are not allowed when installing the upgrade version.


Posted On: 2010-08-02 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Will 64-bit Product Key Work With 32-bit Upgrade ?

I purchased the online download of the 64-bit windows 7 but have figured out that i need the 32-bit. My brother has the 32-bit upgrade disc and i am wondering if my 64-bit product key will work with the 32-bit upgrade?

Posted On: 2010-01-17 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Re Enter Activation Key - Product Key Invalid

I've just purchased a new pc and now using the original software of windows 7. That operating system has been used before on my previous pc, but i took the hard drive and put it into my new pc slot which makes my previous pc left with no hard drive. I installed the software using the original copy and try to re-enter the activation key, but it does not work, what should i do? I though that it will work because i am still using my previous hard drive.

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

How Can I Get The Product Key ?

Purchased windows 7 student, saved product key to word pad of new netbook, downloaded to netbook, now cannot access product key. How can i get the product key?

Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

No Product Key

I am having problems activating my windows and the problem is that i have no product key. I bought windows 7 proon-lineon a student offer and i was only given an iso file of windows 7 pro 32 bit nothing else. I have reinstalled windows 7 many time and it has activated itself without needing a product key but this time round its asking for a product key and i have no idea how to get one so it will be really helpful if anyone could point me to the right direction.

Posted On: 2010-04-05 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Same Product Key

My company recently purchased 5 new hp 8000 machines which came preloaded with win xp pro (downgraded from win 7). We upgraded them to windows 7 using the media disks supplied. During the process the product key was not requested, but all 5 machines successfully activated over the internet.

Retrieving the installed product key has revealed that all 5 machines have a common string, none of which match the product key on the coa attached to the case. Whilst this doesn't seem to be a problem at the moment, and all 5 machines are working normally, i fear that there will be problems down the road with windows update. Is there any way to re-set the product key to that on the coa ?


Posted On: 2010-05-19 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Wrong Product Id Key

Two days back i failed to complete activation for unstable network connection. Yesterday i tried again and found out that windows was activated successfully already. Today i checked control panel>system & security>system under windows activation, that product id doesn't corresponded the product key on the sticker back of the pc. I clicked change product key and entered correct key, saved it with positive result and then rebooted pc.

After i checked windows activation again. I found same wrong product id as before. What i should do to correct product key information?


Posted On: 2010-03-15 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Lost Product Key

I bought windows 7 ultimate from my college computing center. I downloaded it to my computer and loved it. Sadly a few months later my hard drive failed and needed to be re-imaged and lenovo only re-images to windows vista. Since i got my disk i have moved out of my dorm and somehow lost my windows 7 disk with my product key. Because of this i was wondering what i could do to get windows 7 ultimate back on my computer if there was some identification from my laptop that could get my my product key back.

Posted On: 2010-06-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Product Key Woes

About a month ago, i purchased the student windows 7 home premium upgrade, 64 bit. At the time i didn't have enough memory, so i used a 32 bit disc from a friend. For christmas, i received memory upgrades sufficient for 64 bit, so i did install 64, worked fine, except my games didn't work, so i went back to 32 bit, only to realize the problem was on me (didn't install video card driver), stupid me, activates windows (with the same product key) all 3 times. This morning i tried giving x64 one last shot because i knew how to solve my gaming problems, only to find my product key not valid, can someone help? Do i have to purchase another license!?

Posted On: 2009-12-28 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Product Key Issue

I have learn that if i am purchasing the windows 7 edition (anyone from home premium), then i get two dvds for installation of windows including one product key - now, by two dvds, i mean to say that one dvd carry the 32 bit version of windows and other the 64 bit one ! So, i wish to ask that the product key used for activation same for either 32 bit or 64 bit version of windows, or both version (32 bit and 64 bit) would require a separate product key. Of course, if i am only activating any of the one version at a time. In short is the product key for version 32 bit & 64 bit is same or not?

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Product Key Issues

I bought a laptop that already had windows 7 and microsoft office and works in the 2007 version also. But in 3 or so months ive had it, ive been unable to get the product key on the bottom of my laptop which is labeled microsoft to work. It keeps telling me its incorrect and prompts me everytime i open works. I've read a few other questions about this and i see that some people are saying that people may be entering a windows product key but this
Sticker is labeled microsoft not windows.


Posted On: 2010-04-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Product Key Blocked

I have just installed(once again), my windows 7 ultimate on my recent formatted computer, because i got some problems so i had to do it. The problem is that i changed my video card because the other one stopped working. Now i put the cd key and it says that microsoft have blocked the cd key for use, and i will have to put another in 3 days. I think this is happening because i binded my cd key with my hardware when i had the another video card, so what can i do now? Where can i change it? The only hardware piece that changed was the video card, the other stuff is all the same.

Posted On: 2010-06-24 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Invalid Product Key

I'm trying to get help on-line or chat from microsoft and entering my product id for the upgrade i made from windows vista to windows 7 home premium. It is saying my product id is invalid which is because i activated it and it said activation was successful. I rebooted machine and tried again. Looked at system to see what product key was entered and it still has old one. Entered new one again, activated, again, successfully and still this product key is not working when i enter it into the help forum.

I need help because windows 7 keeps recognizing an unknown device usb - on and off and on and off and on and off. I have disabled it, i have deleted it. It keeps coming back. And media center is not working. Keeps looking for a freaking tuner - it will work on reboot but then if it goes to sleep or is on for awhile it stops viewing live tv (which i'm getting from my satellite stb hooked up). Have to reboot and often reconfigure the tv signal to get it to work - and that is if it agrees that the united states is the right region for media center to operate in! I'm losing my marbles please help. Can i just go back to my old system?


Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .