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Win7 Ultimate, Product Key problem! Help?

post #1 of 10
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So I have an MSDN version of Win7 Ultimate and that key for that ends up expiring after a few months. I got a hold of a Open License Key but when I "Change Product Key", it won't let me do it with this key. I'm hearing that I'll have to reinstall Win 7 Ultimate with a retail copy of the disk.

Is there a way around this, cuz I really hate reinstall and setting everything back up again. Thanks!
Edited by Phry - 4/18/11 at 2:28pm
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post #2 of 10
Quick google brought this up - http://www.sizzledcore.com/2009/10/26/how-to-change-windows-7-product-key/

Scroll down for the CMD option.
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I know how to change it normally, but my other key won't activate.
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post #4 of 10
You have to scroll down.
Quote:
From Sevenforums.com
1. Open a elevated command prompt.

2. In the elevated command prompt, type in the command below and press enter.
NOTE: Substitute XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX in ths command below with your actual product key number instead.

slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

3. In the elevated command prompt, type in the command below to activate your Windows 7 with this new product key number and press enter.

slmgr.vbs -ato

4. Close the elevated command prompt.

Elevated command is command promt run as administrator.
Start>Type CMD and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER then follow the above steps.
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post #5 of 10
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Well, it works but it won't activate, not sure why. Says that it's unable to.
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post #6 of 10
Call the tech support phone number for Microsoft. Why wasn't that the first thing you did?
    
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post #7 of 10
why is your MSDN key expired? Is it a legitimate MSDN key (read, not Bizspark or purchased from some person that is selling bizspark keys)?
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post #8 of 10
Just call Microsoft and they'll sort it out for you
post #9 of 10
Have you tried Activating over the phone?
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post #10 of 10
Try Activating via Phone method. I works most of the times.
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