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  • Question

  • hi
    My brother bought a new laptop with Windows 7 installed (Factory Install)
    Acer Aspire 5517  AMD Athlon (tm)  Processor  TF - 20  1.6 Ghz 2.00 GB  64 bit

    in System Properties
    it shows Windows is Activated and it shows  Windows is Genuine, I did a check
    In System Properties the direct link to Change product key does NOT appear
    ( as it does in my Vista and  recent Upgrade to windows 7)

    I downloaded Magic Jellybean Key finder to see whats  in the Computer
    and the activated Key is VERY different then Key on the Computer label (it must be the Factory key and is temporary )

    or is there a different location in factory  installed  to change the prod. key
    the computer is lees then 1 week,
    ( may be should take it back and have them take a look at it the people seem nice)
    hope its nothing serious

    thanks 

      

    Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:49 PM

Answers

  • hi again
    perhaps I should wait a bit or the answer is right be for me and I don't see it
    or I was not clear enough
    I know I am on the right window

    Control Panel > All Control Panel  Items > System

    at the bottom it says

    Windows Activation
    Product ID: here is a long number.....    and here should be 3 blue words                                              to the right is the link to Validation   and its there
                                                             Change product key,  but there is nothing                                                                                                          
                                                               


    its the 3 blue words that aren't  there Change product key

    could someone hind what I should do next

    thank you
     
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:32 AM
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 12:44 AM
  • Why is this a concern? Are you being prompted to activate?

    My guess is this is because it's an OEM version of Win 7 and is bound to the hardware so there is no ability to change the key.

    I do have that ability on my retail Win 7 Pro X64 version.
    Rich Why can't I be different and original like everybody else? - Vivian Stanshal
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:32 AM
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:22 AM
  • thank you
    No I am not prompted
    I have read many times about not activating automatic and the the telephone can be time consuming
    Will keep an eye on it
     
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:31 AM
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:30 AM

All replies

  • hi again
    perhaps I should wait a bit or the answer is right be for me and I don't see it
    or I was not clear enough
    I know I am on the right window

    Control Panel > All Control Panel  Items > System

    at the bottom it says

    Windows Activation
    Product ID: here is a long number.....    and here should be 3 blue words                                              to the right is the link to Validation   and its there
                                                             Change product key,  but there is nothing                                                                                                          
                                                               


    its the 3 blue words that aren't  there Change product key

    could someone hind what I should do next

    thank you
     
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:32 AM
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 12:44 AM
  • Why is this a concern? Are you being prompted to activate?

    My guess is this is because it's an OEM version of Win 7 and is bound to the hardware so there is no ability to change the key.

    I do have that ability on my retail Win 7 Pro X64 version.
    Rich Why can't I be different and original like everybody else? - Vivian Stanshal
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:32 AM
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:22 AM
  • thank you
    No I am not prompted
    I have read many times about not activating automatic and the the telephone can be time consuming
    Will keep an eye on it
     
    • Marked as answer by silver hair Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:31 AM
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:30 AM
  • The reason why the Change Product Key link is missing is because if you use a windows 7 loader to activate the link is not there but if you use a valid product key it is.
    Monday, February 25, 2013 8:12 PM
  • I also have OEM on my computer and the Change Product Key link is there
    Monday, February 25, 2013 8:18 PM
  • Not true.

    The link is missing in ALL cases where the Key in use is an OEM_SLP Key  - because the Key is supposed to be self-activating.


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    Monday, February 25, 2013 9:37 PM