In the manual that came with my Windows 7 Professional Upgrade it says on page 6 in a footnote at the bottom of the page that it can be installed even if you have no operating system installed. You call the Microsoft phone activation hotline and enter those numbers. As mentioned, it was probably a Volume Licensing key of some sort which Lenovo uses to do mass installations. Then I noticed I had a Windows 7 Pro C. I have installed all automatic windows updates from Microsoft.
At this point it was well past midnight so I told them to call me today. My hard drive was damaged, so I bought a new one and tried re-installing windows. Just type activation in help and it will direct you to the proper screen for activation. Your best option is to try reactivating by telephone: How to activate Windows 7 manually activate by phone 1 Click Start, and in the Search box type: slui. A few questions for kislovi: Do you wish to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium? You need to clear this up with Microsoft. Please read the concerning image size or just post a link.
Let us know how you do. Click on teh Start button. Now Microsoft won't let me activate my product because it's already been used, but it's the same computer - in fact, the old windows has been completely erased. Leave the product key blank this was mentioned above by someone above. As you can guess I'm a PowerShell newbie, but I am working on it.
I am also doing a clean install, as it is required to go from one architecture to another x86 to x64. I have been literally hung up on by dell and windows tech support more then multiple times and just want this computer that I spent so much money on to work. Then a computerized voice robot will read you a list of numbers which you must enter on your screen and that's it. I reinstalled Windows 7 and entered a product key from one of two product key stickers I have, but I didn't keep them straight. They are a little afraid to persist further and call in activation by phone. And I have no idea, why.
When I try to use it, it gives me an error that the key is Invalid. Hello I've just built this new system having had my old MoBo fail on me. I think you will find my post about the informative. Thank you for reporting back and letting us know. This was very annoying to me.
Btw: The laptop was brand new, so nobody could use the key. If the Windows version does not match your sticker, then you need to install a different version home, Pro, U;timate. I have the same issue. It said my key was only valid for upgrade installations and not valid for clean installations. Tnak you all for the replays! I have done all of these things. I keep getting messages about counterfeit software and it's wreaking havoc on my computer. Ron --do I use the double quotes at the beginning and the end? This is a big pain since you have to wait through another installation.
Is it possible the key has been used on another laptop? Got the pop-up yesterday saying my windows evaluation period had run out. In any case, happy to hear it worked out for you. Can I just enter either of the two I have? Is there a way to find that out? Please let me know How I can change the current product key to legitimate Windows 7 Upgrade key and activate. My feeling is, if you know you have a valid Windows key, don't give up. This is a big pain since you have to wait through another installation. .
First of all, let me just add here that this post will not tell you how to illegally use any Microsoft product. Those looked promising, but so far not getting an answer. So I used a key finder program to view the key and copied it down carefully. I got my key and download yesterday and it also said invalid. After doing a fresh installation of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, I tried to activate using the key I had recovered.
The product key isn't being accepted. Microsoft Corporation is already wealthy enough. You are basically upgrading Windows 7 over itself. If you have any error, let us know! I want to know if mine is too, even though I have had no warnings like he did. Variable are --is that an asterisk between select and from? What have I done wrong? If not, leave it for the moment. This can happen for a number of reasons, and not simply piracy.