I'm trying to repair a laptop that has a Genuine Windows 7 key code sticker on the underside of the laptop. The product is unsupported by Microsoft. I found out I got 'bit' tonite. I think there are a number of companies selling key with links to a Microsoft download site. The laptop is currently with my daughter, so I was unable to download the link you provided to run the exe to check it. After they start getting activated x number of times x being a trade secret held by Microsoft , those keys are added to a blocked list and are then recognized as bogus. Look under Original Install Date.
So just keep typing keys till it accepts. I saw one reference to a one time key as well as multiple use keys. Or rather how can I check that my key is not going to come up invalid after wiping the hard drive to reinstall? It doesn't let us go on, but it doesn't say the key is not valid either. So Microsoft pirated their own company? I installed and activated my downloaded copy of Windows 7 professional in March and monitored it with windows automatic updates for a month and a half and it still showed as genuine. I went through the upgrade process and ended up with Windows 7 pro 32bit installed on my system, which was strange as I was lead to believe that 32bit upgraded to 32bit ad 64bit to 64bit. » I'm sure if you try the 3 options there you will know it is valid if it allows the download.
I told him that I wasn't going to buy windows twice. If so will it only check whether key is genuine or it also validates? Also, be careful when downloading pirated copies of Windows emule as many contain viruses, malware, trogans, keyloggers, etc. Simply delete the only lines that contain links - this will allow the remainder of the report to upload and those lines are not generally critical to the report anyhow Please do not read this sentence. Thank you for your comments. I go through the three steps.
The problem is, this package was not where it was suppose to be stored and I'm not sure if it was installed on a system or not. I am going to keep calling volume license support to see if they will do the right thing and activate my genuine windows even with the bad key. B: It's all a legitimate purchase from Microsoft! As both Ebay and Microsoft will tell you, better fakes are made every day. Never, ever, ever pay money for only keys. Usually you will get multiple disks, which will restore the laptop with all the junk software that comes with it. If you are using a retail Windows 7 install the product key on the underside of the machine won't work. Once the job is done, you can uninstall and deactivate the key if you wish to do so.
Please also provide a short description of the issue you are experiencing. Windows 7 official release is set on October 23 and soon you will be able buy your own copy of Windows 7. This forced me to spend alot of time trying to understand the convoluted Microsoft licensing policies. If you're not worried about the data, and the drive checks out, go ahead and reformat the drive. This is why we ask for a diagnostic report and this is also why we ask that you create your own thread for your issue in other words, don't post your issue in another person's thread. Please use this site to help verify if your copy is genuine or not.
The laptop is running fine and I am pretty careful about what I use it for. Looks like official access to Windows 7 from Microsoft may have been disabled in anticipation of the release of Windows 10. The installs in question, if not genuine, will not ever be considered legitimate. One test is apparently whether the product key is valid or not. Thanks for the link, Freddy. Guess that's why Windows wouldn't install.
But only on computer forums do I encounter consistent rudeness and personal insults. Seagate Seatools, Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Tools come to mind. The link to the software I found is at since you asked about not having to go through the activation process again. Can you not check from your own computer that is updated? Step 2: Select the version of Windows operating system that you believe the product key belongs to, enter the product key, and then click Go button to know the edition of the product key. You don't have to be a system builder to get one either.
Microsoft keeps these keys encrypted in the Registry so they are not easy to find out by searching for them. I feel there is definitely something wrong with this picture. He said that I needed to activate with a valid product key. I said that I knew that I had a Genuine copy of windows, because Microsoft has been telling me that it is Genuine for the last year. Due to the success of this initial install, I determined that it was legitimate and I purchase several more copies. Please ignore the previous sentence.
Most such sales will work for a limited period, until the number of activations exceeds the limit, at which time Microsoft will block the Key from further activations and all current installs will become flagged as non-genuine. The disreputable types who sell them might have an idea of how many times a key can be activated before being blocked. Your experience is not my experience. They then sell a few short to not get detected right away. Holm's second-rate attempts to cross-examine someone with the insinuation of wrongdoing provides any help although it apparently makes Mr. I hope this helps someone. Product key, which is a series of 25 characters serial key code string, is used by Windows operating system for several purposes.