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  • Question

  • I have this issue before when using Windows Vista.

    I formatted and reinstalled Windows Vista. for what, 10+ times?

     

    When I was using Windows Vista and tried to activate online, it refused to activate and wanted me either purchase a new Windows Vista Home Basic key or using telephone to activate or seek help from Microsoft.

    Of course, I used the Telephone activation procedure and I talked to the operators and they cooperately and politely have provided me the activation ID, thus activation successful.

     

    A month ago, I get a clean, retail, genuine version of Windows 7 Ultimate key via some forum website (they are attempting giveaway Windows 7 keys). I formatted and installed Windows 7 Ultimate and used the key to activate -- successful. Activated online, checked via Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool and Windows Genuine website -- all pass.

    I was wondering, if I were to reformat my system and reinstall Windows 7, how many times does Windows accept by activating using the same key without purchasing a new one/activate via telephone?

     

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    Enclosed is the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool 1.9.0027.0 information:

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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    Windows Validation Data-->

    Validation Code: 0
    Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-CJD8Q-HK3R2-C23TQ
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    Windows Product ID Type: 5
    Windows License Type: Retail
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    ID: {D73A2D38-D5AA-4251-8616-49451ED5EE7B}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
    Architecture: 0x00000000
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    TTS Error:
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    Vista WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    Windows XP Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
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    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

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    Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

    Licensing Data-->
    软件授权服务版本: 6.1.7600.16385

    名称: Windows(R) 7, Ultimate edition
    描述: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, RETAIL channel
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    安装 ID: 016756736031359472149490501834023503702575403365843994
    处理器证书 URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88338
    计算机证书 URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88339
    使用证书 URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88341
    产品密钥证书 URL:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88340
    部分产品密钥: C23TQ
    许可证状态: 已授权
    剩余 Windows 重置计数: 3
    信任时间: 8/26/2010 5:26:05 PM

    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    HrOffline: 0x00000000
    HrOnline: 0x00000000
    HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
    Event Time Stamp: 8:18:2010 15:33
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    Admin Service: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
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    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: NgAAAAIABAABAAIAAAABAAAAAgABAAEAeqiaH81QqlUmkEqD4IZQ8QYzJMCUpHSIxp0UqkbK

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

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    Windows marker version: N/A
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      BOOT   ACRSYS  ACRPRDCT
      MCFG   ACRSYS  ACRPRDCT
      ASF!   ACRSYS  ACRPRDCT
      NSLI   ACRSYS  ACRPRDCT
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    Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:29 AM

Answers

  • Hello Adrian Khor,

    Thanks for the help.:-)  I searched with "free product keys,"  "free keys," "key" (which got rejected as being too generic), "product key," and "key code" and got no pertinent results.

    Anyway, assuming they are giving away the product pictured, as Carl_OH noted, they are allowed to literally give away an "NFR-Not For Resale" product, but they would of course not be allowed to sell it.  Covered in para 12 of the Software Licensing Terms (type winver into Start Search then click the link for the Software Licensing Terms).

    If they are just giving away the product key and not the entire package, that is not permitted under the provisions of para 17 of the SLTs.  If you only got the key, then they never met the requirements for software transfer as described in para 17, so logically the software is not yours until they give you the entire retail NFR-marked package.

    Your original question was "I was wondering, if I were to reformat my system and reinstall Windows 7, how many times does Windows accept by activating using the same key without purchasing a new one/activate via telephone?"  I believe the number "5" has been pretty much acknowledged to be the number but I have never seen anything official in, say, an MS KB article.


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    Friday, August 27, 2010 4:09 PM

All replies

  • Hello Adrina Khor,

    You wrote, "A month ago, I get a clean, retail, genuine version of Windows 7 Ultimate key via some forum website (they are attempting giveaway Windows 7 keys)."

    Could you provide a link to this forum?


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    Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:24 PM
  • Sure, I'll glad to.

    Here's the website: http://www.windows8beta.com/forums

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:27 PM
  • Hello Adrian Khor,

    After searching the forum I could not find what you mentioned, the free keys to Windows 7.  Could you provide a more precise link?

    Thanx!


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    Friday, August 27, 2010 12:53 PM
  • Hmm, I must say that's impossible because it is at the Announcements forum thread.

    Here it is: http://windows8beta.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=10

     

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    The first giveaway has started last month. I get the keys from there and here's the result:

    http://windows8beta.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=125

    Friday, August 27, 2010 12:58 PM
  • I don't know where the keys were derived from, the key in your report is NOT a TN/MSDN key. As long as they gave each distinct key to only one person then I think it will be fine, in other words it won't be over activated on several computers (which is what happens with TN/MSDN keys). The boxes they show say not for resale, technically they are not reselling them.

    Is there anything wrong with what they did? Depends on the agreement they obtained the product from.

    Will your key be blacklisted? Probably not.

    The only way this could be a problem as I see it, is if the guy is not really an MVP and/or, he was not supposed to give those away. The boxes say not for resale but he didn't resale them, it appears that he is rewarding those who further the discussion on Windows 7 and upcoming MS operating systems (whatever they choose to call them).

     

    Friday, August 27, 2010 1:22 PM
  • Hello Adrian Khor,

    Thanks for the help.:-)  I searched with "free product keys,"  "free keys," "key" (which got rejected as being too generic), "product key," and "key code" and got no pertinent results.

    Anyway, assuming they are giving away the product pictured, as Carl_OH noted, they are allowed to literally give away an "NFR-Not For Resale" product, but they would of course not be allowed to sell it.  Covered in para 12 of the Software Licensing Terms (type winver into Start Search then click the link for the Software Licensing Terms).

    If they are just giving away the product key and not the entire package, that is not permitted under the provisions of para 17 of the SLTs.  If you only got the key, then they never met the requirements for software transfer as described in para 17, so logically the software is not yours until they give you the entire retail NFR-marked package.

    Your original question was "I was wondering, if I were to reformat my system and reinstall Windows 7, how many times does Windows accept by activating using the same key without purchasing a new one/activate via telephone?"  I believe the number "5" has been pretty much acknowledged to be the number but I have never seen anything official in, say, an MS KB article.


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    Friday, August 27, 2010 4:09 PM
  • @Carl_OH:

    Yeah, its not MSDN keys, it's a retail key from I have been told by the forum admin (who also did the giveaway).

    See here: "The keys given in this giveaway are genuine keys and not from Technet and MSDN accounts.Also the winners would be chosen based on the quality of posts and not on the quantity"

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:37 AM
  • As Dan said, and Darin confirmed he should have given you the COA and media for a legitimate transfer of the licensing agreement. I kind of like the concept of what they are doing but I think he should be careful in how he transfers ownership of the license.
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:48 AM
  • Hello Dan,

    Wanna ask if I can activate my Windows 7 onlinely without the nagging of Windows 7 30-day trial notification that always pop-out? (I mean, activate Windows 7 via Validate Windows on http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/), in case if the "Windows 7 Ultimate cannot activate online, require purchase another key or activate it via phone" case happens again.)

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:49 AM
  • Activation and Validation are two distinct and different functions, you can't activate through the validation process, and likewise you can activate without validating. Validation requires the installation of the WAT update, if WAT is not installed prior to a validation attempt at www.microsoft.com/genuine you will be prompted to install it.

    To activate you can either activate when installing, or you can choose to activate after installation when prompted or you can invoke an activation attempt by browsing to the system properties page and clicking on "activate windows", or you can use SLUI.EXE to activate by phone (slui 4). If you ever need to activate by phone do the following.

     

    Activate by phone

     

    1. Type "slui 4" in the start menu search box, hit enter

    2. Select country or region

    3. Dial the number, DO NOT select any menu options, just wait and a person will pick up.

    4. activate by phone.

     

    • Proposed as answer by HEERA198621215 Tuesday, August 31, 2010 6:47 PM
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 4:09 AM
  • Guys I am the administrator on Windows 8 Beta and as mentioned by Adrian the keys are genuine keys and ofcourse not the technet/MSDN keys as we aren't allowed to distribute them, we are ready to send the NFR package to anyone who resides in India but it isn't possible to send the package to any other country so we are just giving away the key and each winner would be given a separate key and this key can be used like any other Windows 7 retail key..
    Ankur Mittal http://ankurmittal.com
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:00 PM
  • Hello Ankur Mittal,

    Read para 17 of the SLT which covers transfer of license.


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