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Activating a new install with an upgrade key

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April 7, 2013 9:45:23 PM

Hard drive melted down. Rebuilt my machine with my Win 7 Ultimate upgrade disk. Windows refuses to activate with my upgrade key.

Is there anyway to force it so that I do not have to rebuild my machine again starting with Vista?

-Brinton
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April 7, 2013 9:51:31 PM

Can you please tell us the Error message you receive when trying to activate your upgraded Windows?
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April 7, 2013 9:56:51 PM

Contact Microsoft. Do a session via telephone and that will force it.

Don't ever go back to Vista... I hate that OS enough to help you as much as I can!!!

Anyways, this is totally fixable.
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April 7, 2013 10:06:15 PM

If the automated system won't do it speak with a person, they helped me with a similar situation with an Upgrade disc an wife's laptop. The do make you read off the disc, have it out and ready.
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April 7, 2013 10:38:00 PM

Akashdeep:

Code 0xC004F061
Description: The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations.


Jackson1420, royalcrown,

The system won't give me a phone number to call, insists on trying online only. The only activation number I could find from a Google search sent me to someone who insisted that I either didn't know what I was doing or that I pirated the software....

Will probably try again tomorrow to get someone else.
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April 7, 2013 10:47:29 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

This should be it, and yeah the guy made me jump through hoops. They do have the capability to give you a new serial number and also one that'll let you do a full install off an upgrade disc, so don't let them tell you some bs that they cannot. I have a second serial number here for my wife's old laptop. Once it is activated you can use something like "magic jellybean key finder" to print out the key in case you need to do this in the future. *DISCLAIMER: It only prints out the install key (the one they'll give you that'll let you activate), so it doesn't "make" keys.
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April 8, 2013 8:28:45 AM

I agree with all of the above, but Hawkeye's answer is the one that I have used in the past. It is illegal unless you have an actual full previous version to upgrade from.

Before I knew this, I used to to a quick XP install and then a win7 upgrade. Got so sick of it I bought full retail.
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April 8, 2013 9:48:57 AM

WyomingKnott,

That is the crazy part, I tried to give the MS Activation center both my Vista and Win7 prod keys, but they didn't want to hear it.

If they aren't helpful when I try again after work, will definitely give Hawkeye's link a look.
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April 8, 2013 11:07:02 AM

Surprised. They've been good to me. Maybe they have a record of my 50 or so moves and rollbacks and just flag me as "accept?" (kidding)
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April 8, 2013 12:06:20 PM

Brijasher said:
WyomingKnott,

That is the crazy part, I tried to give the MS Activation center both my Vista and Win7 prod keys, but they didn't want to hear it.

If they aren't helpful when I try again after work, will definitely give Hawkeye's link a look.


I've used these options in the past with succes. Option four: the double install has been bullet proof for me. Good luck to you and I'm surprised MS is giving you such a hassle.
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April 8, 2013 1:28:49 PM

WyomingKnott said:
I agree with all of the above, but Hawkeye's answer is the one that I have used in the past. It is illegal unless you have an actual full previous version to upgrade from.

Before I knew this, I used to to a quick XP install and then a win7 upgrade. Got so sick of it I bought full retail.


Well in my wife's case she does have the full previos version...on restore cd. How stupid is it to have to reinstall VISTA on a laptop, then install 7 over it. It not only keeps ALL the CRAP, it takes FOREVER, you can't just start it and come back either, it takes 4 discs. Any way that skips the vista install is thumbs up for me. IMO if they are so worried about licences they should find a way to fix that and just sell the full version for a decent cost instead of charging out the butt for the "full version"

You could just tell me to stop being stupid and reinstalling windows ;)  My wife is dumb (at times) and lets our step son borrow her laptop instead of buying his own (he's over 18) and it comes back full of crap. She keeps letting him use it though, hence the bi yearly install.
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April 9, 2013 5:03:30 AM

If you are doing bi-yearly installs, I'd recommend that after you clean install the OS next time, make an image of the drive. Be sure to get windows activated and updated before you make the image. The next time you need to reinstall, restore the OS from the image file. This should get you around the activation too.
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