Then I used slmgr -rearm again, re started my lappy. The downgrade process Follow these steps to downgrade to a previous version of Windows or Windows Server software: 1. Most of you might be aware of the fact that it is possible to use Windows 7 and Vista for 120 days without activation. To sum it up, grab a copy of Win7 Pro, install it and when you don't have a product key to enter call the Activation support phone number. Now execute your file and it will pop up your machine's registration key. Just want to chime in, I have some Lenovo laptops ordered for us, supposed to have had Win 7 on them but have 8 home edition.
All of this is good to know, especially before you try imaging. I just don't quite understand Microsofts activation process. Hi I lost my windows cd and packaging when I moved house, I wanted to do a reinstall but obviously didn't have the activation key. The result was a black screen with a blinking cursor in. Good forum post on this. Right now my computer is running Windows 8 Preview. So basically, how do I activate Win 7 Pro on a computer that shipped with Windows 8 Pro, without spending any more money, and without having a Windows 7 volume license? I went through the boot process, and typed in my product key from the back of my computer, it just refuses to accept the key.
I changed the Skiprearm value to 1 as told by you. If so, then the Key should be on that - try using a bright light and a magnifier to read it. My copy of windows is legal. Step-2: Now type the following command and hit Enter: slmgr -rearm Step-3: You will be prompted to restart the computer. I don't think someone thought this all the way through, people are going to be really annoyed when their drive dies or they want to upgrade to a larger hard drive and realize they have no way of getting Windows re-installed or getting their actual product key without jumping through a boatload of hoops. I wasn't trying to do anything illegal or against the rules, but I figured that as long as I was only using the product key for one version of Windows at a time, it would be alright.
Good forum post on this. Make sure you have above mentioned free space before continuing further. Since my laptop is a notebook it never came with the windows 7 basic starter cd and now im stuck. How can I download it again and get my activation key?. All of this is good to know, especially before you try imaging. You can search for it and download it from NirSoft's website. You will need to buy a copy of Win 7 Pro or Win 8 Pro or the Win 8 Pro Upgrade.
I've heard a few different confusing and conflicting things. My computer is just 14 months old and just done with the warranty. Steve Zemanek wrote: Grimby: No its not, if Windows 8 laptops arn't shipping with a product key sticker, what am I supposed to enter? This way you can have a copy of your product key. It should be noted that the rearm command can only be used up to 3 times, extending your activation period to a maximum of 120 days. Obtain genuine Windows media and a corresponding product key for the version of Windows that is eligible for downgrade. Windows 7 Ultimate Product Key Online Activation is 100% Genuine. Regards Code: Diagnostic Report 1.
So if for example, I buy a new laptop for my personal use, that has Windows 8 Pro on it, and I want to install Windows 7 Pro. Hello, I have a Sony Vaio laptop vpcyb15ag. Steve Zemanek wrote: Thank you. So if your hard drive dies and you don't happen to have the backup disks made you'll have a nice brick. Dell did provide a Windows recovery drive. I talked to Lenovo about this and they said the only way to retrieve them was to call Microsoft and that they should be able to provide the product key for them.
I recently moved and seem to have missplaced my dvd with the win7 pro download, i had written the activation key on the disc and now i am needing to do a new install as i am upgrading to a new machine i built and want to install my copy of win7 pro. Use Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Product key to install Windows 7. Simply select the second option titled Reinstall Windows and then press Enter key. You prepare a bootable media, boot using the bootable media, select language and keyboard, accept license agreement, enter the product key, and select a partition to begin installing Windows. I know Windows computes some kind of system description and sends it to Microsoft, so if too much hardware changes, Microsoft will think it's a new system and require you reactive windows. It looks like we could have stuck with the oem of server 2012.
In short, using a product key finder might get you up and running, but that doesn't mean you have a legal copy of the operating system. Where To Get Windows 7 Ultimate Product Key Windows product key is a 25-character code. You must be in possession of the product if it is damaged or defective and be able to provide proof of purchase. If you don't have it, you need to find it from a previously legal licensed version of Windows 7 Pro. Wow, so now we get no installation media and no product key. Get your key off it.
These are latest, working free keys. Getting Windows 7 Ultimate Product Key for free is not an easy job. I am leaving this question up for historical purposes. But maybe I misunderstood this. I have it on my thumb drive and always run it before I wipe a machine that way reinstalling is a breeze. The possible duplicate was missing the additional condition that the serial number was missing.
Hi, if you want upgrade, you must buy it. How do i find out what my product key was. I want to reinstall the same copy on same machine. Similar help and support threads Thread Forum I have a Dell Inspiron 15 inch laptop. I think to use downgrade rights it cannot be a oem install of windows 8 pro.