Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:18 PM
After having some challenges with a MB install I had to reload Win7 RC. When I get to the product key screen and input the original key I continue to get the message 'the product key is not valid. please retype the product key.' I've rechecked and re-entered a number of times. Any suggestions?
Monday, May 11, 2009 8:34 AMDr Norm -
You might want to double and triple check the product key for the usual stuff - B's that look like 8's and vice versa and so on... If that fails to work, go ahead and install Windows 7 WITHOUT the product key. Then go back to the RC release site and get another product key.
All versions of Windows since Vista (actually XP SP3) allow you to install a copy of the software WITHOUT entering a product key and it'll be fully functional for 30 days. Be sure to install the Ultimate version ONLY - if you're asked for a version. After you get the key, click on the link to Activate Windows - found by clicking the Start Orb and typing Activate - that will give you the link to Activate Windows in the Control Panel.
Since you can have a copy of IE open with the product key, you can flip back and forth or even copy and paste the key code directly from the web page. That, if nothing else, should eliminate any potential typos.
Let us know how it goes...
- Marked As Answer by Tim QuanModerator Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:27 AM
Thursday, January 03, 2013 7:45 PM
Actually, I have the weirdest issue:
XP SP3 and one day decides to asks me to re-enter the product key.
I do it.
I talk with Microsoft Support, they give me one more key, that is still not working.
Tried with a number of keys downloaded off the internet ... NOTHING.
I insert the XP disk and do a full system repair, asks about key ... still tells me it is INVALID.
I decide to install without key ... and still won't start. At least now starts in Safe Mode. In regular start ... it hangs to the main screen ... not allowing to see anything on desktop.
I'm just about running out of options ... and I'm starting to lose my patience.
Before all these issues started, I did a computer debug with Malwarebytes and it gave me 2 files flagged as issues, plus 1 registry entry. I guess the registry entry fu***ed up everything for me.
Friday, January 04, 2013 8:07 PM
Please start a NEW thread/question of your own, and post an MGADiag report.
To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!