How Do I Activate Windows?

March 31, 2015 at 16:37:22
Specs: Windows 7
I'm being asked to activate Windows using the product key xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.

I found the key on the bottom but some numbers have partly rubbed off and are hard to read. I'm not sure I can enter the whole number correctly.

It showed me a few options like "other ways to activate" or "buy a new product key" so I clicked on those. I usually just got a window asking for the product key. Once it said I could download something related to activating and I did but afterwards didn't see any change.

I wonder if it's possible to just use the internet on the computer without using Windows. Is this possible? I guess not but I'd like help. Thanks.


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#1
March 31, 2015 at 16:59:26
Have you just reinstalled Windows ?

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#2
March 31, 2015 at 19:23:08
If you have just installed Windows you could have got the product key out of the computer before you did so - spilt milk now.

As far as I know you have 30 days to register. Without that no internet or anything else.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
March 31, 2015 at 19:38:40
You would need some operating system--not necessarily windows 7--installed on the computer that is capable of connecting to the internet.

It is amazing how easily those product key numbers and letters rub off. Makes one wonder if it's intentional. You might try dabbing it with a damp cloth.

Here's some suggestions for someone with a somewhat similar problem:

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthr...


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#4
March 31, 2015 at 19:45:33
You could get onto the internet with Linux. Even a Linux Live CD would do it if you just want to try it - it doesn't install on the HD so you could still drop back to activate Windows.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
April 1, 2015 at 10:14:04
If you are asked for a 25 character key then you may be installing a retail or OEM version. If there is a key on the case, that indicates the original copy was a pre-installed SLP version, which should NOT need activation.

So, clarify exactly what you are working with.


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#6
April 2, 2015 at 22:54:39
I didn't install Windows but I had computer serviced by someone who I guess did.

The 30 day period has expired which is why I'm being asked to activate.

The number on the bottom of the computer should be for the original version. I'm seeing in the bottom right corner that this copy of Windows isn't genuine. I guess the person installed a copy which isn't.

I will try to wipe the numbers with a damp cloth, thanks Dave.

Today when I got on it didn't ask me for the key but said I needed to activate.

I also had a lot trouble turning it on, had to turn it on about ten times before it would stay on.

http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/va...

I saw messages - one said click here to find out whether your copy of Windows isn't genuine. I was taken to this link.

Two days ago I was taken to the same page and downloaded this, but after didn't see any change or sign that something had been added to my computer. I thought things were taken care of but seemed nothing was when I logged in today. I didn't use the computer yesterday. The only thing I can think of is I wasn't asked for the key again. I did see some info saying it wasn't good to use any copy of Windows which is not genuine.

Could I solve things by downloading Windows 7 or 8?


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#7
April 2, 2015 at 23:05:42
"I will try to wipe the numbers with a damp cloth, thanks Dave"
Another way.
For those with unreadable Windows Product Key sticker.
http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...

" I did see some info saying it wasn't good to use any copy of Windows which is not genuine"
It is perfectly Ok to use anybody's CD, as long as it matches your version of W7 & you have your product number.

"Could I solve things by downloading Windows 7 or 8?"
Only if you have the product number.


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#8
April 3, 2015 at 06:47:57
I would be inclined to avoid anything that is not genuine. Apart from the fact that it might not activate it could even be virus ridden. Any genuine copy, whether downloaded or someone else's CD is acceptable - you just use your own key. The latter seems to be the big issue because it has rubbed off.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
April 5, 2015 at 06:06:44
I"m not using any CD. A friend of a friend serviced the computer and I can only guess he downloaded a non genuine copy of Windows.

It's working okay now but I see just a black screen instead of the landscape pictures there before.

Wiping with a damp cloth didn't seem to make a difference. I'll try the site Johnw posted. Thanks.

I see you can pay for Windows 8 - $118 about - but a site says you can get it free. I guess that's not genuine.


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#10
April 5, 2015 at 11:42:29
It really is that lack of a product key which is the hangup, otherwise this would do it:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
April 5, 2015 at 12:49:02
If you have the original receipt from when the machine was purchased, the manufacture may be willing to help. This may only be in the form of a recovery disk set which you may need to pay a small fee and you probably will have to reinstall Windows with that DVD all over again but it will not need you to activate it then.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
April 5, 2015 at 14:09:36
eternity333 wrote:

> I'm not using any CD. A friend of a friend serviced the computer
> and I can only guess he downloaded a non genuine copy of Windows.

When Windows tells you it isn't genuine, it almost certainly means only
that it has passed the 30-day initial period without being "activated",
nothing more. The copy of Windows installed is probably just fine.
Microsoft has their own definition of "genuine". Proof that you have
paid them to use it makes it genuine in their view.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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