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Windows 7 Activation

Hi guys and gals....

Yesterday - I finished my first build thanks to Tom's Hardware forums......

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

I have the original Windows7 Home Premium box that I paid ~ %100 about 2 years ago - in my meaty little hands. I initially loaded it onto a Macbook Air w/ Boot Camp.

Yesterday - I loaded it into my shiny new desktop and like the good slave I am - tried to Activate it.

Besides the hex error code the dialog box pronounces:

"activation server determined that the specified product key could not be used"

Can I only use Windows 7 on one machine?????

What can I do? anyone, anyone....??

I hate to think how much of my hard earned money I have given Mr Bill all these years ;(
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  1. Is it a retail or OEM copy?
  2. The windows license entitles you to use it on only one pc at a time.

    Just buy a second copy and use the new activation product code so you don't have to reinstall.
  3. Best answer
    If its a retail copy and not an OEM copy, call the Microsoft Activation Center and validate through them. Make sure you have completely uninstalled it from the Boot Camped MBA before doing so as it is illegal to use one copy of Windows on more than one computer, regardless of brand.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929
  4. nbelote said:
    If its a retail copy and not an OEM copy, call the Microsoft Activation Center and validate through them. Make sure you have completely uninstalled it from the Boot Camped MBA before doing so as it is illegal to use one copy of Windows on more than one computer, regardless of brand.

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

    Thanks everyone - one final question though......

    If I don't want to uninstall the version of Windows 7 that have on the boot-camped MAC. Can you tell me what version of Windows 7 I should buy?
    As I said, I am currently using the disks from the boot-camped version of my new machine but want to be doing things right. When I got my original disks for the MAC - I must have used a student discount because I received a box with both the 32bit and 64bit disks and it only cost around $95. When I go on Amazon it looks like for that price I can only get an OEM version? I just built my first machine (with tremendous help from the forum) and so expect many years of work on it but - if things do go wrong can I port an OEM version to my next build or not?

    If someone has thoughts on how best to proceed (and maybe a link to NewEgg or Amazon for which one they would go with) - that would be great and I will finally be done with my build. I only need the 64 bit version.

    Peter
  5. "if things do go wrong can I port an OEM version to my next build or not? That depends, an OEM version of windows 7 no(its tied to the motherboard), an OEM version of windows 8 however can be moved. You can make 8 look likw 7.
    http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-and-web-apps/how-to-make-windows-8-look-like-windows-7-50009546/
  6. If you don't want to uninstall the Windows from the boot canp machine and you do want to get another copy of Windows 7 then get the Home premium as you may not need the Pro or Ultimate versions, so you can save a few bucks with the Home Premium.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363290948&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+7
  7. Thanks Guys.
    I went ahead and ordered an OEM disk for Windows 7 from NewEgg. Just doesn't seem right though that one can't buy a single copy of Windows and be free to use it on one's own machines. Guess that's how Mr. Bill got to be such a philanthropist - squeezing the little guy (over and over)
  8. "Just doesn't seem right though that one can't buy a single copy of Windows and be free to use it on one's own machines. " You can its called a retail version.
  9. bignastyid said:
    "Just doesn't seem right though that one can't buy a single copy of Windows and be free to use it on one's own machines. " You can its called a retail version.

    Guess you didn't read my thread. I bought a retail version and boot-camped it on a Mac. But when I try to use it on my new build the Activation server rejects it.
  10. Because its still installed in boot camp. Retail can be moved but can only be installed on 1 system at a time. If you want a single key to work on multiple systems you buy a volume license.
  11. bignastyid said:
    Because its still installed in boot camp. Retail can be moved but can only be installed on 1 system at a time. If you want a single key to work on multiple systems you buy a volume license.


    Yes - I got the point a few conversations back - that is why I bought the second OEM license. Just glad that when I work on my two cars - I don't have to buy a duplicate set of snap-on tools to do it.....that would get expensive. Oh wait, this is expensive too....
  12. Yep it sucks, which is why im glad to see hardware manufactures increasing driver compatibility for linux and game companys starting to port over to linux. Maybe in the next few years I can dump windows and never pay for an OS again.
  13. You can get it to install on two machines but you have to do a call in on the second install and use the same machine. I have Windows 7 installed on two drives in the same machine. I'm going to be deleting one because I'm not using it but I agree that buying a copy of Windows you should be able to put it on a couple of computers in your own home. That's really squeezing the customer dry.
    Now you see why people will try to get prated Operating System key codes.
  14. bignastyid said:
    Yep it sucks, which is why im glad to see hardware manufactures increasing driver compatibility for linux and game companys starting to port over to linux. Maybe in the next few years I can dump windows and never pay for an OS again.

    Yes - I have been waiting for that too. I have used linux on older laptops to surf the net. I have an iso image that I have used off and on - Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS. I just received my Windows 7 OEM and will reformat my new build. Do you dual boot with Linux - any tips on partitioning?
    Thanks
    Peter
  15. inzone said:
    You can get it to install on two machines but you have to do a call in on the second install and use the same machine. I have Windows 7 installed on two drives in the same machine. I'm going to be deleting one because I'm not using it but I agree that buying a copy of Windows you should be able to put it on a couple of computers in your own home. That's really squeezing the customer dry.
    Now you see why people will try to get prated Operating System key codes.

    So they limit you to a single motherboard I suppose. If my motherboard does fail - you can actually get Microsoft on the phone and allow the port?
    Thanks
    Peter
  16. If you replace the failed board with an identical or very close to identical board they will usually let you activate it after you call them and explain what happened.
  17. I have replaced motherboards , hard drives and cpus and with doing a reinstall of Windows for a replaement of the motherboard even if it's a completly different brand and model you can get them to accept your reason for reloading the OS as long as your telling them it's for one computer. You don't actually talk to a live person , it's a recording and you have to verify your install with 9sets of numbers and they give you 9sets back to enter for activation. I have done this process many times and once even talked to a live person and not once was I denied activation.
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