Legitimizing Windows 7 Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by Rand, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Rand

    Rand New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have a Viao Laptop with a Windows 7 Ultimate illegitimate copy, thanks to a "generous Tech Support Guy", (sheesh). Ok, so I went to Microsoft and bought a Windows 7 Ultimate key (lesser versions indicated that I would have to do a full install) and am trying to follow the instructions to enter the key. The weird thing is that on the System page there is no where to put the activation key! No product number or anything...

    Whatcha think?

    Thanks
     
  2. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Messages:
    5,068
    Likes Received:
    240
    Hello and welcome to Windows7Forums.com :)

    In any event, unless all the activation mechanisms have been removed (in which case, reinstalling Windows 7 would be the easiest solution), you should be able to activate Windows using the following method.

    Open CMD as an administrator and type "slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key here>" (without quotes and <>).
    Once you've done that, the new product key is ready to be activated which can be done by typing "slmgr.vbs -ato"

    If this doesn't work, if you have the disc you can boot from the disc and select "Repair PC", followed by clicking CMD (or something like that), which will open the CMD console where you can then type the following commands, one after another.
    bootsect.exe /nt60 all
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixbootbootrec /rebuildbcd

    That should rewrite the entire BCD, removing any bootloader cracks previously applied.

    I hope this has helped :)

     
  3. Rand

    Rand New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Thanks for the advice. Ended up tracking down the Tech and getting a Windows 7 disk to do a new install using my legitimate key. worked like a charm, now just have to actualize all the software....
     
    1 person likes this.

Share This Page

Loading...