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Windows 7 licensing

by Jorisam / February 24, 2010 3:32 PM PST

I have a PC purchased with Vista and bought what I thought was a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium(Not an upgrade or OEM version) to replace Vista. The PC died and I insatlled a new motherboard. I thought I could use my copy on the new motherboard but Windows tells me the activation period has expired and I have to purchase a new copy. Is this right; Has the licensing changed in Win 7?

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That's news to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2010 8:22 PM PST
In reply to: Windows 7 licensing

I never read any message as you shared. Here's what you wrote -> "the activation period has expired".

Maybe it said something else?

The full version is not going to be an issue here. Try this first. Click on the Orb or Start button and see if there is an "Activate Windows" item showing. Do that.

As to what you bought. The retail full versions are easy to identify. Fairly big box and all.

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Full Version....
by CassandraF_WinTeam / February 25, 2010 2:45 AM PST
In reply to: That's news to me.

Bob is correct here. This should not be an issue with the full version of Windows Home Premium. Is your copy of Windows 7 genuine? Did you buy purchase through a Microsoft partner? If you do indeed have a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium, you can read more about activating Windows 7 here:

I hope this helps you on your way! Let me know if you have any additional questions.


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The Product Key You Typed Cannot Be Used to Activate Windows
by Jorisam / February 25, 2010 4:31 AM PST
In reply to: That's news to me.

Thanks for this and other posts. With further testing and web searching I have established that, if you receive the above message, it is necessary to activate Windows 7 manually using the Microsoft automated activation phone line. This is 0800 018 8354 in the UK but if you don't get this option immediately you can:
1. Click start, and in the search box type: slui.exe 4
2. Press enter on the keyboard
3. Select your country
4. Select the phone activation option.
I got an automated service which involved typing in a lot of numbers but it worked and my Windows 7 is now activated.
Note that this was a full retail version that had been loaded once on my PC, which died, and I have successfully activated having reloaded (overwriting my hard drive) with a new motherboard.

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Sequence of events problem maybe?
by Steven Haninger / February 25, 2010 3:17 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 7 licensing

You said that your PC came with Vista and you bought a full version of Windows 7 but you didn't say whether or not you'd installed it on that system. I'm wondering if you had and if, when you replaced the motherboard, you just plugged the old hard drive back in. If so, that wouldn't work. With XP...any version....the system would probably not boot. A full version, however, could be reactivated but you may need to call MS to plead your case. Any possibility of this or are you sure it was a fresh installation on a bare drive?

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