Windows 7, purchased from ebay, installed once, and then installed again in a whole new system? Here is the trick I finally figured out. The key is coming directly from the Volume Licensing Service Center at Microsoft. When I did my Windows Startup Repair, it reverted the system to a period when it wasn't genuine. Regarding the merits of reinstalling a clean copy, in my experience Windows driver installers have been just about problem free, though the order of installs can matter sometimes. This worked, and I can now enter Windows, but it also rewinded me to a point before the product key was entered. It merely allows you to bypass the prompt during installation, which I think was the point of your question. I was able to get it to work after installing the hotfix: Hopefully this will help someone else.
All the automated phone options were irrelevant, but I finally got thru to a human. More details on the may be found. I have nothing to back this, but I've seen similar issues with Windows keys. If so, it's possible the key is not legit and has been activated too many times. I'm not sure if that will work, or not. In fact, once I managed to type it right, it worked online with no need for another phone call.
I banged my head on the desk for 3 hours. The key listed here is for all you wannabe pirates out there, sorry, this is the navy. I cannot start validation over phone, command slui 4 gives me only activation by key. So I proceed to the Activation Screen which asks me: Do you want to activate Windows now? Microsoft will de-authorize a key if it is used too often. If I recall correctly, you are using Server 2012 R2 Standard.
The Action Pack key will only work if you use the Action Pack installation media. On a side note, I'm well aware of the bloat installed with systems like this, but I disagree with Ars stance on just blasting everything and starting fresh. It only contains the data for a Windows 7 operating system that needs to be activated with a product key, sold separately. Ars may earn compensation on sales from links on this site. Direct phone calls to Czech Microsoft gets me nowhere.
Windows accepted the product key and said that activation was successful. The situation isn't remotely as problematic as you make it out to be. So, what I actually got was some scrambled mess of partial Windows updates that Microsoft didn't recognize because it was all jibberish. Hard to tell from your fragmented description, but it appears you subsequently installed this on different hardware? Without using a driver back-up utility this often riskier than manually removing bloatware. If they feel the key is used for piracy, you are likely out of luck.
. That's the most baffling thing for me. I did this a year ago with an eval copy of Essentials and it worked perfectly. And then it became unactivated? Any thoughts or ways to troubleshoot? Often this casued by some corruption or a missing file in Winsxs. The option to do so just doesn't appear! I believe you would be looking for something along the lines of the following:. They try and generate me a new key based on the eval version set of 9 number groups.
Might be a bit overkill for you but it is defintely a winner! Install the following update: see. Without a product key, I'm usually allowed 30 days to muck around with Windows before it locks me out. While playing around with some freshly installed Windows Server 2012 machines I wanted to Activate Windows, so clicked the appropriate option and it gave me an error. Checkout the Users are encouraged to contribute to and grow our Wiki. You can clearly see that there is no option to enter a product key. Microsoft clearing house immediately denies activation because Dell has the key locked to keep customers from doing that.
Forget the Repair, forget all that other stuff. I borrowed the key from a friends computer with 98 factory loaded but it won't accept that either. Ok, I managed to fix this problem on my own. There is some documentation on this on google but they did not work. This may be teh case here and the key has been tried too often. Desktops are one thing, but laptops, tablets and hybrids are increasingly a 'funkadelic' mess of drivers and hardware configs that when wiped may be next to impossible to rebuild with all the proper drivers.
But I like the hardware and just want a clean install of the legit copy of Windows that I've already paid for. Software licensing service version: 6. Armed with the probable solution, I now had the right search terms and confirmed online, owners of Dell 15R and some other laptops were finding the Windows label in the battery compartment. Or do I have to buy another server license? That ebay guy may well have sold that same license again and again and again. There is no MagicButton to fix this. I have not see any one post these steps yet.
If I restart normally, Win 7 is still there, but what will happen if the product key doesn't work? I call the activation center back. If you wanted to change the product key in previous versions there simply was a button for that with the activation wizard. Each computer has it's own product key usually under the battery and it isn't what the factory image uses. Windows downloaded the updates and then rebooted so it could configure them. Now I get the error below when attempting to do so. They assured me I could download the trial, test it out, then buy the license and activate it. My computer automatically rebooted to install some Windows updates.