Potential problem with reactivation after format RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a genuine copy of windows 7 professional installed on my PC, which I got through MDNSAA while I was at university. I now want to format my hardrive but I no longer have access to my university email (where the product code is stored). Having downloaded from MDNSAA there is no hard copy of the product key and neither is it stored in my registry, hence I think there's no way to recover the code (?). 
    Do any format options not require a reactivation of windows (i.e. if I were to forgo a 'clean' install)?
    Any other solutions? Or is the answer just to forget about formatting...
    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Code: 0
    Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-*****-*****-CYXHW
    Windows Product Key Hash: ZJwa5bddF3EeA/xPHvbeYRBJwug=
    Windows Product ID: 55041-146-2512362-86937
    Windows Product ID Type: 6
    Windows License Type: Volume MAK
    Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
    ID: {AF1952EC-0D51-4A9E-A048-C4EF8CF81083}(1)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
    Architecture: 0x00000009
    Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506
    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
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3
    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Users\Water Bear 2\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.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
    File Scan Data-->
    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{AF1952EC-0D51-4A9E-A048-C4EF8CF81083}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048</OS><Architecture>x64</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-BBBBB</PKey><PID>55041-146-2512362-86937</PID><PIDType>6</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-3312637624-3663454333-1933798195</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>System manufacturer</Manufacturer><Model>System Product Name</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>0401</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="6"/><Date>20110429000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>CB323707018400FE</HWID><UserLCID>0809</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>GMT Standard Time(GMT+00:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  
    Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002
    Licensing Data-->
    Software licensing service version: 6.1.7601.17514
    Name: Windows(R) 7, Professional edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, VOLUME_MAK channel
    Activation ID: 9abf5984-9c16-46f2-ad1e-7fe15931a8dd
    Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
    Extended PID: 55041-00172-146-251236-03-2057-7601.0000-1662011
    Installation ID: 003175075501569272181110729433576500120491516134278372
    Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88338
    Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88339
    Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88341
    Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88340
    Partial Product Key: CYXHW
    License Status: Licensed
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 3
    Trusted time: 05/11/2011 15:33:00
    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    HrOffline: 0x00000000
    HrOnline: 0x00000000
    HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
    Event Time Stamp: 9:24:2011 14:09
    ActiveX: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
    Admin Service: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
    HealthStatus Bitmask Output:
    HWID Data-->
    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
    Windows marker version: N/A
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
    BIOS Information: 
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 3:44 PM


  • Ok, thanks for the responses, thats all I wanted to know.


    Cheers again.

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:24 AM
    Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:39 PM

All replies

  • Unfortunately, a  MDNSAA Windows 7 Professional license is only valid as long as you are actively associated with the university.  Since you are apparently not, you'll now have to puchase a conventional "Full Retail" edition of Windows 7 which can be done through the Microsoft Store.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 3:53 PM
  • "When you are no longer taking credit courses in the member school, you may no longer obtain MSDNAA software. However, you may continue to use previously installed products on your computer, provided you continue to follow MSDNAA program guidelines."

    Would seem to imply that I am still entitled to use my copy of windows 7. As such I don't think I do need to buy a new version.

    Any help would still be very much appreciated.

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 4:09 PM
  • You will need to contact your university and get a replacement product key.  No one in this forum can do that for you.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 4:45 PM
  • Thats what I was trying to check.

    Just to confirm: there is no way of automatically restoring or cleaning windows to a previous version without reentering my product code, and there is no way of getting the original or replacement product key without contacting my university? 

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 5:31 PM
  • You can use Belarc Advisor - Free to find the product key currently in use.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 5:42 PM
  • The license is valid after you leave the university for as long as you use the installation, but it cannot be reactivated.  Once you reformat, the license is exhausted.  The license is not valid for a reinstallation because you are not connected to the university network.  You may contact the university for instructions but the bottom line is that you need a full license copy of Windows 7.  You needed to make an image backup copy of the system disk in order to have avoided losing the license in the event of a reinstallation.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 7:44 PM
  • You need an image backup of the system disk.  I don't think the license will reactivate for reasons I gave in an earlier response.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Saturday, November 5, 2011 7:45 PM
  • Ok, thanks for the responses, thats all I wanted to know.


    Cheers again.

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:24 AM
    Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:39 PM