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Well I bought this copy of windows off ebay. It was sealed NIB including the certificate of authenticity. Installed and activated no problems. I recently did a complete system overhaul and now when I try to activate windows it says my key has been blocked. I went to microsofts website and found this..
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You might be using a product key that doesn't match the version of Windows 7 that's installed on your computer. Check the product key to make sure it is for the version that you are trying to activate. You can't use a product key for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) to activate a copy of Windows 7 without SP1.

The only thing I can think of is my copy of windows (key) is pre SP1. I am trying to activate windows with SP1 installed. Could this be the issue?
Edited by orlywutlol - 7/31/11 at 10:05am
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could be, just install sp1 and use the key. If that doesn't work contact Microsoft.
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Originally Posted by orlywutlol;14413902 
The only thing I thing I can think of is my copy of windows (key) is pre SP1. I am trying to activate windows with SP1 installed. Could this be the issue?

Not really. Unless you installed it on several computers. Why dont you try The Ultimate PID Checker and see if your key is valid and alse check what exact version of windows is allowed to install with that key.
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I only had it installed on one computer prior. Does it need to be "de-activated" in order for me to reinstall?

I checked with the PID checker and it says my key is valid and is for windows 7 ultimate retail.

EDIT: Well after searching google for similar issues I have come to realize I'm pretty sure I got a bogus copy of windows 7 off ebay. Only downside is I bought this over a year ago. I dont see myself getting my money back.
Edited by orlywutlol - 7/31/11 at 10:26am
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Well I bought this copy of windows off ebay. It was sealed NIB including the certificate of authenticity. Installed and activated no problems. I recently did a complete system overhaul and now when I try to activate windows it says my key has been blocked. I went to microsofts website and found this..



The only thing I can think of is my copy of windows (key) is pre SP1. I am trying to activate windows with SP1 installed. Could this be the issue?

It's probably blocked because it's an MSDN key (notoriuos for being sold illegally in eBay). Just to be sure contact MS at 18009365700 and ask them to identify the product key for you. They actually have a tool that could do that.
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Oem keys are bound to the mobo, so if u swap that u need to call microsoft for a new key
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