Solved Windows 7 product Key not recognized on new install

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September 10, 2013 at 07:30:51
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core I5 3.3
My current hard drive has some unrecoverable sectors or what ever they are called and I want to install Windows 7 on a new drive. When I get to typing in the key it says it is the wrong key. I have installed this version of Windows 9 Professional on new motherboards as I upgrade. Is there a limit to the number of times you can install Windows 7? I hope not, this software is costly. I am going to call Windows Support if I can find the phone number unless you have any suggestions.. TIA for your help.

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#1
September 10, 2013 at 07:51:23
There are is no lint to the number of times you can install Windows 7 but you can only install it on one computer at a time. If is is an OEM version than it can only be installed on the computer it came with.

What is this version of Windows 9 Professional The latest version of Windows is Windows 8 and generally speaking installation keys are not usable between different versions.

Stuart


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#2
September 10, 2013 at 08:10:36
It is not an OEM version but and upgrade for Windows Vista,

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#3
September 10, 2013 at 08:20:57
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upgrade disks do not let you install like the normal full version disk. Usually you would first have to install Vista, you do not need to enter a Vista key during it's install, but you can if you want. Once Vista is installed then the upgrade disk will work. That is why I never buy the upgrade disks, just the full installs.

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#4
September 10, 2013 at 08:43:25

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#5
September 10, 2013 at 09:29:28
Also of note is: How the upgrade is supposed to work. Once Vista is loaded (with or without drivers, and it does not need activated at the time), it loads into Windows Vista.....now once Vista loads, this is where/when they expect you to put in the upgrade cd, and the cd loads and asks if you want to upgrade the pc to Win 7 or what have you. You are definitely going to have issues trying to use 1 license as they will likely activate 1 and the others will not activate and then you will have limited time with the unactivated pc's. Some people used the hacked versions to attempt to get around this usually win 7 pro or some ultimate edition. A business wishing to not have issues would legally purchase the needed licenses. It is not how many times the product is installed....it is the activation....which takes a snapshot of the hardware of the computer activating it. Move to another computer and the activation realizes that 1, the product is already active and 2) has a different hardware profile. So, that is the issue of activation.

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#6
September 10, 2013 at 10:19:41
Vista was such a piece of _hit that I put it where I can't find it. I still have my XP version. I hate to install software to bloat my hard drives but if I am unable to find my Vista can I use XP. I know I registered Vista and still have my key, maybe Microsoft can help me.. You are right about purchasing only full versions.

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#7
September 10, 2013 at 11:11:11
no there was no upgrade from XP.

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#8
September 10, 2013 at 12:01:20
This all started when I ran a program called Spinrite and did a low level hard disc test which showed I had unrecoverable sectors or blocks, I am not sure what they were called.
When I saw this and it was taking a long time to move through the drive to possibly repair these sectors or to write them as unuseable. I did not let it finish because it was going to take 20 hours to complete. I made the decision to just get a new hard drive. I assume you feel I am doiing the right thing. This drive is only a year and a half old so I am going to take it back to Frys. I just want to confirm that I am doing the right thing by going ahead with a new install on a new drive. TIA

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#9
September 10, 2013 at 12:20:03
You can expect all hard drives to have a few bad sectors; unless they are increasing in number they are not a problem. Why did you run SpinRite - were you having problems with the disk? There are mixed views on SpinRite, and I would only use it in a last ditch attempt to recover data off a bad hard drive, if then.

Unless the disk is demonstrably bad (i.e. failing SMART tests) I doubt that the manufacturer will replace it under warranty.


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#10
September 10, 2013 at 13:40:30
Since you have removed the drive and can identify it. Why not download the diagnostic software from said manufacturer and test the drive, it will also likely tell you if the hard drive is under warranty. Gone are the 5yr warranties for the most part, going are the 3yr and 2yrs warranties and what we have are pretty limited life expectancies in some hard drives.

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#11
September 10, 2013 at 13:44:58
I ran spinrite to see if it was the hard drive causing my computer to freeze on booting.
Not having the expertise you guys posses I tend to get myself in trouble sometimes. This is probably one of those times. I think I will just run the Microsoft disc repair utilities and run it until it fails. I called Microsoft as was suggested and they told me I would have to format the drive with my current windows 7...which is fine if it is broken to the point that it will fail. I know it is only a matter of time but think I will leave it alone and wait. I did not know that Spinrite had mixed views, but will take your word for it and stick with Microsoft utilities....Scandisc etc. Thanks for your help.

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#12
September 10, 2013 at 18:37:18
Did you look at the link I posted in response #4? You do NOT have to install an older version of Windows before using the upgrade disk. I've used the "double install" method several times & never had a problem. Click on the link I supplied & scroll down to "Method #3".

BTW, I recommend that you partition & format the HDD in advance using the HDD manufacturer's software (or other 3rd party software) rather than using the Windows disk. Doing so will prevent the creation of the hidden "system partition".

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#13
September 10, 2013 at 19:07:22
Thanks for your suggestions. I did look at the options on the site you posted. I will format it in advance. Can you suggest a 3rd party software for the formatting? Again thank you.

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