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Okay so I installed windows 7 home premium on my toshiba. One of my friends had a disk laying around with no key. He previously gave me a computer that had an unused home premium key sitting on top of it (COA) and I could use that key. So when I installed it on my laptop, I did use that key. It recognized it and finished the installation. But when I went into my control panel and looked at my system specs, I saw this What?! 5k .PNG file And when I clicked it, it gave me a small window asking me to buy a new key online or talk to an automated phone call. I clicked "buy new serial key" and it brought me to a site where it just asked me to download a genuine certification software and it did nothing with it. Then 5 minutes later I was curious, clicked it again and clicked "Buy a new serial key" on this window. Hopefully this works 14k .PNG file How the... W.... 141k .PNG file


There's no message in my bottom right corner telling me my windows needs to be activated. Control panel still says 3 days until activation. What the heck is going on here? I AM CONFUSED.
Edited by TheMrnerdgeek - 6/28/13 at 12:16am
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I apologize if this is hard to understand. I am just insanely confused.
post #3 of 9
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I forgot to add after it told me to download the genuine certification software the first time i downloaded it, refreshed the page, and it scanned and said my os wasn't genuine (which I call BS on). but when i came back to the same link it gave me earlier it said my OS was genuine. What the heck. That's basically what's going on here.
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If this is too hard to understand I can show you what happens in a skype "screen share" call.
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Just a quick update i went to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/ and it said my os is genuine and valid. but it still says in /control panel/system and security/system that i have "3 days until automatic activation". then when I click on that, it opens a new window and says "the windows product key you entered is invalid for activation. to activate windows, you will need to use the automated phone system."

Then it gives me a choice to enter a new key (which I may end up doing), buy a new key (which when i press it just sends me to do a genuine test) or use the automated phone line.
post #6 of 9
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May just be the key I used. The COA said dell on it (derp) and the key is good but it may be freaking out because it's not a dell machine. You know, the product code says OEM on it. So I might just need to change my key.
post #7 of 9
Is the disc OEM? If so try the phone activation and answer the question "How many computers is this key used on?" You say one. If it accepts that then it will take you to the next step of filling in the boxes with numbers. It's worth a shot, worse that can happen is it doesn't activate or it transfers you to a live person and they can maybe activate it for you.
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Thank you. I'll contact them in the morning. I think the problem is I used a non-OEM disc that was missing a key that he had sitting around with a dell OEM key that was unused on another computer. (the key is for the same OS version so that's not a problem lol) and my laptop is a toshiba. so... if it comes down to a key problem then i can just by a new CD because I have the money for it. It activated when I entered it during installation (it wasn't connected to the internet at the time) and when i do the online genuine test it comes out valid but when i open my system specs it says that my key is unable to be validated. it doesn't say anything in the bottom left corner of my screen saying it's unregistered.
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It's also 3 AM and with me being a kid I have to sleep. biggrin.gif so i'll be here tomorrow. peace out.
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