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Upgrade Key Not Working


I bought the upgrade to windows 7 back when it first came out, when it was a $50 preorder. So i got it and upgraded my desktop with no problem. That's the only thing i upgraded. But when i upgraded it from vista to 7 on my laptop, i got the 0xc004c008 error code. I read on the support site that thats for when the key has been activated more than 10 times on 6 different computers. I have only used the key once and gave it to no one. Please help, i don't want to buy another key when i have one already.

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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.


Posted On: 2010-04-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Product Key Is For Upgrade Only

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

Activate Upgrade With New Key

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Posted On: 2010-01-09 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Windows Anytime Upgrade Key

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Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Version Product Key

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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 .

Key Was For Upgrade And Not For Clean Install

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Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

How Many Computers Can You Use Win 7 Upgrade Key?

I bought a windows 7 professional upgrade that comes with just the product key and not the oem disc. That bring me to my question i have two laptops and one desktop computer. One of the notebooks runs windows vista home premium and the other runs windows vista home basic and on my desktop i'm running windows xp home edition. How can i upgrade to windows 7 professional on these computers. Also on how many computers can you use the windows 7 upgrade key till you have to purchase another key. Please help me guys as i'm a newbie when it comes to computers but i want to learn more about them.

Posted On: 2010-04-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 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 .

Anytime Upgrade Key Invalid

My notebook was window vista and i had bought the upgraded kit to window 7. Everything was find until recently, there is new features for window 7, i unable to get it unless i upgrade it by purchasing wau. Im currently using window 7 home premium and i bought wau starter to home premium and when i try key in, it say invalid. I just need the latest features like, snap, flick etc. Whereby home premium are included and i don't need to upgrade till professional or ultimate for such little features. Can you help me to solve it as i bought the wau from usa and im in malaysia right now.

Posted On: 2010-02-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Product Key Was Intended For Upgrade Only

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

Anytime Upgrade Not Accepting Key

I just purchased a system todayfrom the local store, and it came with windows 7 home premium (64). I have a cd for windows 7 professional (64)that i got through my college. However, when i went to use the dvd to upgrade from windows 7 premium to professional it told me to use windows anytime upgrade. But, when i do that and choose, "i have a key", then enter the key i have, it runs a bit and comes back with an error telling me that the key i have cannot be used for anytime upgrade. ? Why not? And if it can't then why can't i just do an upgrade from the cd? I know the key is valid, i got it from my college msdnaa site.

And, yes, i have verified that i am typing the key correctly. I even tried copy and paste, but still no go. What am i doing wrong, and what can i do to upgrademy windows 7 home premium 64to windows 7 professional 64?


Posted On: 2010-02-07 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

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.

Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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?

Posted On: 2010-01-31 . View Related Posts . . View 5 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 .

Upgrade Vs Clean Install Key Fix

I have a feeling this is just a rant that will fall on deaf ears, but i would hope that someone at microsoft sees this and realizes that windows 7 has not made things simpler. Just about every version of windows since 95 has allowed upgrades. Those discs would require the presence of a previous version before installing, or if installing a fresh version, would simply ask for a key or previous install disk.

I just spent the better part of a day wasting my time to install a fresh copy of 7 that i now can't legitimately activate because my copy is 'upgrade' despite the fact that i own windows vista. This is ridiculous. Is there anything i can do to get my install to ask for my underlying key? Maybe it's time to cut the cord and go to linux, or perhaps just switch to mac. At least they have a straight forward licensing policy that won't leave me hanging.


Posted On: 2010-08-17 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Reuse Of Home Premium Upgrade Key

I have one laptop and a desktop. On laptop, i upgraded to win 7 hp from vista last october. My desktop has vista home basic. I recently bought win 7 professional. This is what i want to do. I want to install win 7 pro on the laptop and re-use the spared from the laptop to upgrade the desktop from vista to win 7 hp. Is this possible? If yes, how?

Note, is the answer similar to this link: http://social. Answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7install/thread/21988ebc-cd49-41b2-bf94-4269e76d231f ?


Posted On: 2010-03-15 . View Related Posts . . View 6 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 .

Is Anytime Upgrade Key Language Specific?

I'm planning to upgrade from windows 7 home premium to ultimate using windows anytime upgrade.

The installation of home premium is a czech version that came preinstalled with a notebook as an oem license. Unfortunately, the online purchase doesn't work due to the limitations of the online store, so my only option is to purchase the anytime upgrade license outside of windows and then enter the purcahsed key to perform the upgrade.

I'm currently on an extended business trip in asia, so i can not purchase the wau from a czech store where i originally bought the notebook. My best option is to purchase the upgrade kit via an online store like amazon.

I haven't been able to find out whether or not the upgrade kits differ based on territory or language, so i would like to make sure that i won't purchase something that won't work. Can anyone confirm that the windows anytime upgrade key purchased in an english-speaking country work on a non-english version of windows?


Posted On: 2010-02-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 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 Key Blocked - Scammed?

Been running the release candidate for as long as i can and have been very happy with windows 7. So, when the rc expired i purchased windows 7 ultimate so i wouldn't be downgrading my install. However, after 4 days of using it, i'm not receiving a windows activation error, where it says that the product key i have typed in has been blocked. As i recall, the packaging was all intact, nothing missing nor any stickers torn (i'm very skeptical about this sort of thing, especially when it is $300 down the drain if something goes wrong).

So, i'm thinking i was scammed. Don't know how, but i've typed the product key in 3 times and checked that it's correct. My question then is whether there is a way to get my windows 7 ultimate without paying another $300.


Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 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 .

Can I Re-use Installation Key To Upgrade From Premium To Professional On New Laptop?

I have purchased four computers, and return four computers because i've been told that the computers i have purchased would run the windows 7 professional in xp mode, and they do not.

I have now done research, and will return and purchase a new laptop which i am certain, according to the specifications, will run windows 7 professional in the xp mode.

My question is can i re-use the installation key to upgrade from windows 7 home premium to windows 7 professional on the new laptop i will be purchasing because i am returning the old one. Purchased the laptop on monday, the software, i purchased from a separate vendor when i purchased the initial laptop.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but i know the new store will not trade my now invalid key code for the software i installed on the laptop i am returning to them.

Can anyone help me please?


Posted On: 2010-01-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 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 .