I can't play with other similar computers when I play LAN Games using Windows 7 Home Premium. RRS feed

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  • I'm in a situation.

    I operate a small internet cafe.  My son bought new six eMachines computer packages pre-loaded with windows 7 home premium 64bit (OEM).  I for kicks I reformatted five units to Windows 7 Ulimate 32 bit (crack version) and installed games to play on LAN.  All LAN games played out without hitch on these five units.

    Now my paying customers wish to be using online games; so I decided to revert these five units to the Win7 OEM version doing a hard disk copy of the OEM installer from the sixth unit which I had set aside, and installed on the five units.  After installation, I wished to use the product keys for each unit but the OS property tab says these units are already activated.  I did try online suggestions how to, but I can not change the product keys.  At this point, internet and games worked fine except on multi-player mode the games do not connect.  I can exchange documents and everything between units but in multi-player games these computers do not seem to see each other.

    I wish I can find a fix to what went wrong with my LAN connections.  I also wish to use the genuine product keys,  I'm lost on how to go.  There may be things I need to know.  

    I thank you for any help you may offer.


    • Moved by Mike Kinsman Monday, August 26, 2013 3:32 PM off topic
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    • Proposed as answer by Dave PatrickMVP Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:14 AM
    • Marked as answer by Just Karl Friday, September 20, 2013 2:19 PM
    Monday, August 26, 2013 3:32 PM