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  • Question

  • a few days ago i bought windows 7 with the special student discount for 35 Euros. i installed it, activated it and everything worked perfectly fine.
    yesterday my hard drive broke and it was replaced by dell.
    i wanted to reinstall windows but now it sais its an invalid product key.
    is there any possibility of deactivating windows and reactivating it with the new hard drive?
    i mean i payed for the software and i do not want to buy another license just because my hard drive broke..
    Friday, December 18, 2009 9:56 PM


  • You may have to call the activation, install Windows 7 with no key and then try to use the key in the control panel. There you can get the local number for your location.

    if that does not work, open up a command prompt

    sliu 4

    and this will bring up the activation options.

    Vote if answered or helpful, I am running for Office (joke)! IT/Developer, Windows/Linux/Mainframe

    Server: ASRock P4-2GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Linux Server, need IDE/SATA disks for my chess site

    Workstation: Asus M2NBP-VM CSM, Athlon64 X2 4200+ 65W CPU, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA 8600GT, 320GB + 160G backup, Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, December 21, 2009 7:33 PM
    Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:02 AM

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  • if that does not work, open up a command prompt

    sliu 4

    Actually it's:  slui 4   it starts the Activate by Phone wizard

    slui.exe starts the general Activation wizard.

    Darin MS
    Monday, December 21, 2009 7:33 PM
  • I had the same problem
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:33 AM