Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Fresh install Win 7 Home Premium won't accept key.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Fresh install Win 7 Home Premium won't accept key.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
So I got these "broken" laptops at a rummage sale last weekend for $2.

One is an Acer Aspire 5742z, and the other is a Dell Studio 1555. The lady just said "They don't work any more." and sold them to me for $2.

The Dell has a bad GPU, so it's junk... But the Acer just needed a new HDD. So I snatched the one out of the Dell, slapped it in there and it booted right up.

Now here's the issue:

Since I had to swap the HDD out, I lost the recovery partition, and, of course, there are no disks with it. So I figured I could just reinstall using the key on the bottom, which is what I normally do. But this time, it refuses to accept the key. The Acer came with Home Premium on it, so that's what i put back on it using an OEM iso. It's driving me nuts, honestly. I'd like to get it sold sometime soon and this is holding me back.

Any ideas here?

Before it's said: No, I am not stealing or pirating anything.
post #2 of 6
x64 vs x86 edition. Did you install the correct one? The labels on the back don't state if it's for 64 or 32-bit Windows. My bet is it came with 32-bit, and you installed 64-bit because it supports it smile.gif Happened to me once smile.gif
My PC
(14 items)
 
Wife's PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro x64 Toshiba 32" FullHD TV Logitech FSP Hexa 550 
CaseMouse
DeLUX Logitech 
  hide details  
Reply
My PC
(14 items)
 
Wife's PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro x64 Toshiba 32" FullHD TV Logitech FSP Hexa 550 
CaseMouse
DeLUX Logitech 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Far as I know the key should work for either oneas long as it's an OEM Win 7. But I've tried both and neither works. frown.gif
post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeighborhoodGeek View Post

Far as I know the key should work for either oneas long as it's an OEM Win 7. But I've tried both and neither works. frown.gif

Most likely the laptops came with keys that are only good for 1-3 installs, meaning if the original owner already used up all his installs the key no longer works. It's prolly detecting that you are installing the OS on another machine.
Edited by Maiky - 6/27/13 at 1:12pm
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
The previous owners never reinstalled. They have NO computer knowledge at all, and never had the laptop in for service with the exception of having a friend tell them the motherboard was shot rather than actually looking into the problem.

I'm going to try a different OEM install and see if that works. If not, it get's a nice Ubuntu install.
post #6 of 6
Are you putting the key in during the install? You might try to put the key in once it gets done installing windows and then try to do a phone activation. I've had to do this once before.
Ananke
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5930k Asus Rampage V Extreme GTX 780 SLI G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (F4-3200C14Q-64GTZ) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 Pro Custom water Windows 10 EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 
Case
Case Labs MAGNUM STH10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme EVGA 780 Classified 32 GB GSkill Trident X 2400MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 Pro 256 Custom Water Windows 8 Pro x64 CatLeap 27" IPS 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D 
  hide details  
Reply
Ananke
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5930k Asus Rampage V Extreme GTX 780 SLI G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (F4-3200C14Q-64GTZ) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 Pro Custom water Windows 10 EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 
Case
Case Labs MAGNUM STH10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme EVGA 780 Classified 32 GB GSkill Trident X 2400MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 Pro 256 Custom Water Windows 8 Pro x64 CatLeap 27" IPS 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Corsair 800D 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Windows
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Fresh install Win 7 Home Premium won't accept key.