Windows Activation

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  1. fibaldwin

    fibaldwin New Member

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    Just got a new PC--Dell with Vista Basic. I immediately downloaded and installed Windows 7. I did not activate Vista before installing Win 7. I have tried several times to activate Win 7 but it will not accept the product key number on my PC. I get a message to the effect that the key is not valid.

    Is there a way to address this that doesn't involve uninstalling Win 7, and reinstalling Vista in order to activate it before reinstalling Win 7?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SIW2

    SIW2 New Member

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    If you got a Dell machine with Vista preinstalled - Vista would already be activated.

    You need a special key for Win 7 - not the one from the side of your laptop - that is for Vista only.

    Any one of these will do :

    Windows 7 Beta Product Keys

    Press the Windows and Pause/Break keys together - the System window opens - click Change product key ( in blue at the bottom of the window)

    Enter the Windows 7 product key - click Activate
     
  3. Robski

    Robski New Member

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    Hi Guys first post here, I had a similar problem after a clean install from MS. Downloaded win7 and they sent me a key by email, used that exact number and it came up as invalid key. I will try the above method when I finish work and report back.

    Cheers Robski
     
  4. fibaldwin

    fibaldwin New Member

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    SIW2, it worked like a charm!

    Thanks for your time and consideration.
     
  5. SIW2

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    You're welcome - glad it worked for you.:razz:
     
  6. Robski

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    Thanks SIW2, that worked a treat mate. I'm activated...lol

    Now all I need is for windows to stop crashig whilst on the internet. :confused: Tied firefox and still crashes.

    Cheers Robski
     

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