Yes, if you look at Seth's answer in the second post, it should be possible to use your key. The product key is for a particular edition of windows, whether it be Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate; not for all of them. If so, you will need a new key to activate your virtual machine. Private messages and other services are unsafe as they cannot be monitored. Or were they referring to boxed retail? Belarc Advisor showed me a generic W10 key, but I do not think I can use it to reload Windows.
I had done system image backup but haven't been able to restore it and since then changed my mind to run Windows as a virtual machine, but for that, I need my product key. . Please note, not one, but two Microsoft reps told me to use a double-install method for handling a very similar situation. I think the phone support person flipped some bit in a database which made my Product Key finally work. To get started you need to download and install the latest version of ; the 64-bit version is available. So if you multiple clean installations without activating you should be fine.
I'm hoping there's another location for the key or I'm remembering wrong, and the key is actually somewhere else. They give you a month to activate it and well I'm not sure what happens if you fail to activate it by then. I have a product key sticker on my laptop. Each link is a permalink to the corresponding TechNet page from which I got the hash. The second requires a bit more work, but is far faster, because you don't have to sit through a second install.
I'm kinda worried about how many time will my activation key remain active before expiring. How can I resolve this issue? Not the answer you're looking for? By that I mean if you have Vista on your computer, and insert your Win7 disc without formatting you are upgrading your version of Windows and the key will work without a problem. Keep in mind that if you formatted your whole drive, you also formatted the recovery partition and therefore you might have lost the option of recovering your factory setup, specially with a Dell. Les Microsoft is up to some strange business. Is it possible to use a dell service tag to find the associated windows product key? The reason I ask is because the sticker is too faded to read and I've already reloaded over the old install. Could that have been the problem? Now my plan is to download the image and install separately. If Windows 7 has saved somewhere that this key was already in use, shouldn't it recognize that it's being installed to the same computer it was paired with during the first installation? Do you have any idea on how I could recover my product key? This is a catch-22, the key will only work with Dell disk and if you have the disk then you don't need the key.
So no use of installing the Windows 7 from recovery drive. Lots of old used spare computer parts everywhere! Seth provided an elegant solution where after the install you just re-install immediately afterwards, which should be recognized by Windows as an upgrade. Hello, usually there is a label at the bottom of the laptop with your serial key on it. It's not like he's not eligible for an upgrade - the machine came licensed for Vista. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 on this site the. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.
This should work The program got me a product key, but. I've had an endless string of upgrade issues and let it go until 4 days prior to Win 7 expiring. After having Windows 7 crash on me five times since the installation, the most recent being around 11:00 this morning, I decided to do a fresh install, that is, I went and formatted my hard drive this time. Here is where I normally get it from: Good luck! If all went well, you should be good to go. ? Belarc Advisor showed me a generic W10 key, but I do not think I can use it to reload Windows. I am leaving this question up for historical purposes.
If not, you are probably up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Quickly find your Windows 7 serial key and recover product keys for many software products installed on your computer. When it is done installing, you will have a clean, full install that you can't activate with an upgrade key. Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date 1 Jan 19, 2019 1 Dec 26, 2018 2 Nov 19, 2018 1 Oct 27, 2018 1 Oct 13, 2018 5 Oct 12, 2018 1 Oct 8, 2018 13 Sep 1, 2018 2 Aug 24, 2018 2 Jan 26, 2018 1 Nov 9, 2017 3 Jul 25, 2017 1 Jun 5, 2017 7 Apr 20, 2017 1 Dec 19, 2016 1 Sep 2, 2016 6 May 5, 2016 4 Feb 13, 2013 7 Nov 3, 2012 2 Oct 10, 2012. We have no product keys to send you.
If you've misplaced your serial key, you can still retrieve it from your Windows 7 installation. It came preloaded with Windows 7. However, the computer crashed on me five times four times yesterday, once this morning. Since it says my key is not valid I have no idea how it can check since it's not even connected to the internet! There is also no sticker displaying my product key. Fortunately, NirSoft has a product that can retrieve the product keys of installed Windows programs and provide you a way to quickly and easily archive them.
? Concerning the serial it should be in that hidden partition. Sixteen computers at my business network. I'm hoping there's another location for the key or I'm remembering wrong, and the key is actually somewhere else. Principally when playing Halo 2 Vista. You will be notified that you have 30 days to activate, and near that is a blue link to enter a new key. By that I mean if you have Vista on your computer, and insert your Win7 disc without formatting you are upgrading your version of Windows and the key will work without a problem.