Windows 7 Ultimate - Activation


  • Hello

    I bought an Acer desk top that came pre-loaded with Windows Home Premium. I have it in one of the offices at work & need to network it to the server. To this end, I purchased Windows 7 Ultimate & did the install via "Windows Anytime Upgrade".

    The computer "properties" suggest that the system has loaded, however when I attempt to activate it, all i get is an Error message. I dont seem to be able to get beyond this. I would appreciate your input.

    Kind Regards


    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:47 AM


  • The issue is caused by attempting to upgrade an OEM version with a retail (I assume) product key and not a Windows anytime key purchased from the Microsoft store.

    Try changing the license key first, restart the computer and then attempt the activation. Method: Click Start=>right click Computer=>select properties=>select Change product key under the Activation section. Then go back to the properties page and start the activation from there.

    What was the result?

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:09 AM
  • If you have trouble activating Windows 7 open the Windows Activation Wizard while in Windows 7 to use the phone and activate Windows:
    1. When you reach the desktop click Start, then in the Search box type:  slui.exe 4
    2. Press Enter on your Keyboard
    3. Select your Country.
    4. Select the Phone Activation option, then call the number given and hold for a real person.

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    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:15 PM

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