Solved unknown windows 7 product key code

July 2, 2011 at 23:43:17
Specs: Windows 7 home prem service pack 1, intel (r) core (tm)2 duo cpu E7500@2.93GHz 2.93GHz ram 3.00
bought used desk top, it has a very nice case, unit was custom built. owner did not affix windows sticker to case and lost the disk. is there a file on the computer that is storing the product key code so i don't have to buy a brand new o/s. reason I need the key is to get a replacement disc.
system properties under windows activation: windows activated: product id: gives a # and beside it in blue says change product key. Why?

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July 5, 2011 at 02:20:44
The only O/S you can upgrade to Windows 7 is from Vista, there is no upgrade from XP. It sounds like you bought a computer and did not get the legal license for Windows 7 with the purchase....hence no sticker. That is how many shady capers do it. Frankly if you want to avoid unnecessary tech costs etc......buy the Windows 7 full installation, not the upgrade and assuming your first hard drive is not defective...put the o/s there and keep your data on the 2nd drive. You will lose whatever was on the first drive when you do the install so back up the stuff before. I suspect you will get no where until you have a legal license copy with the sticker.


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July 3, 2011 at 05:03:37
Right click on 'Computer' and select Properties. Your product activation key will be displayed on the lower left side.

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July 3, 2011 at 06:37:43
will this still work since my product id has OEM mixed in with the numbers?

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July 3, 2011 at 10:33:59
No, that's why you need to use Magic Jellybean - the 'key' displayed in Computer Properties is not the activation key it's a 'product id' that MS can use if you need to call them and change the key, should you have activation problems.

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#5
July 3, 2011 at 18:40:31
Ahhh. I did not realize they threw out that smoke screen.... Sorry.

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July 4, 2011 at 21:34:33
ok to throw a monkey wrench into the situation, I have been working with geekbuddy on problems with my system. They will not tell me what the problem is but keep stonewalling me with the only thing being conveyed now is "you need to reinstall your o/s" according to them i need the full version cd in order to do a clean install. when i brought the computer home, the first thing i did was install the upgrade cd for windows7 home premium. i do not remember if it had vista or xp on it. i have since learned that they guy i bought the computer from is "shady" according to others. The guy will not return any calls or emails nor answer the door, so i cant get any answers from him. i don't know what geekbuddy's found but like i said they just get no answers but reinstall the o/s. the product id has oem in the numbers. what do you suggest I do? can i reinstall the o/s from the upgrade cd? do i need to go into the registry and follow that path? Please advise. thank you so much.

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July 4, 2011 at 21:46:45
as a follow up question to my previous post, if my current o/s is corrupt, will it corrupt the new o/s if the install works? i have 2 hard drives set up both 1TB, the o/s is loaded on the first one and files on the other, should i install the upgrade on the second hd? if the current o/s is corrupt does that mean that the hard drive is fried or trashed? i am just very confused.

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July 5, 2011 at 02:20:44
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The only O/S you can upgrade to Windows 7 is from Vista, there is no upgrade from XP. It sounds like you bought a computer and did not get the legal license for Windows 7 with the purchase....hence no sticker. That is how many shady capers do it. Frankly if you want to avoid unnecessary tech costs etc......buy the Windows 7 full installation, not the upgrade and assuming your first hard drive is not defective...put the o/s there and keep your data on the 2nd drive. You will lose whatever was on the first drive when you do the install so back up the stuff before. I suspect you will get no where until you have a legal license copy with the sticker.

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July 5, 2011 at 02:23:01
The actual disk is not as important as that sticker....you could make a copy of anyones Windows 7 disk but you need your own code. Hence buy the disk with sticker.

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July 10, 2011 at 00:14:47
thank you so much. I am going to just buy and install a new windows system. much easier and LEGAL. man i have learned alot from this. thank you again.

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#11
July 10, 2011 at 00:46:04
you could tried the hidden partition, reinstalled vista and then reinstalled the updrade to win 7... access to the hidden partition is usually via tapping an f key at boot, check in disk manager and see if you have a small partition that you cannot in my computer..

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