This way you can have a copy of your product key. Spend all day reloading when you can be done in less than a minute with a working key. You can also double check in the System Window. And apparently, even if you manage to read this key from Windows 8 itself , it won't actually work on re-install. Hopefully they will ask for documentary proof of the sticker, in the form of an email with a picture of the affected sticker - and you can proceed from there. Imaging makes life much simpler.
Good forum post on this. Any help would be awesome. You could use a uninstall program like ccleaner or revouninstaller and just nuke all the junk and go from there. They have Win 7 already loaded on them when they hit our doors. The manufacturer gives that out. If your post does not appear in the queue, it's because of the stupid spam filter. But yes, you can do this.
I know Windows computes some kind of system description and sends it to Microsoft, so if too much hardware changes, Microsoft will think it's a new system and require you reactive windows. After that you don't need to buy in fives. I'd really like being able to do that with the machine's own Windows license. All of this is good to know, especially before you try imaging. Similar help and support threads Thread Forum Two questions: 1 Sony Vaio with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1 build 7601 pre-installed.
So you're saying that's all I need then, it won't ask for a key to go with them? My product key is the same as the one you posted, as that is Lenovo specific for Win 7 Pro. I almost immediately proceeded to do a clean install of Windows 8. The Win 8 license should give you downgrade rights to install Windows 7. We buy all of our systems downgraded through the factory with Win 7. . I noticed the Intel i5 sticker on the Thinkpad and started turning gears.
It should not activate over the Internet. Official Lenovo Purchase Links Official ThinkPad Support Links Official IdeaPad Support Links Unofficial Lenovo Support Links Related Subreddits: So my employer bought a refurbished Lenovo desktop. You'll see this if you're attempting to use a known-compromised volume license key. They have Win 7 already loaded on them when they hit our doors. Update: So the consensus is that these probably are genuine? Back in the days of Windows 7, activation could be local. Morgan Thanks for the reply Morgan. It's an odd place, but I did notice that Lenovo placed them there on a recent ThinkPad Edge I was servicing.
I made the recovery disks using its One Key Recovery software a long time back. In your case, if you did a downgrade, it is your responsibility to provide media and keys. Most of the major car manufacturers are making the same claim with your cars. I talked to Lenovo about this and they said the only way to retrieve them was to call Microsoft and that they should be able to provide the product key for them. Install Windows and for its registration, You can see a product key at the backside of your notebook. How to Install your Product key: You should Just follow these simple steps to activate you windows from Microsoft Server any time.
So I had no other choice but to boot to the recovery partition and use the factory default image, but its not working anymore throwing up errors since I had changed the original partition sizes. They have worked great no problems, but then all the sudden today they both started saying this version of windows is not genuine. Run Windows Update to ensure it is activated. It probably included the needed certificate. I like it but I want to do a fresh install of Win7, to create my image. Having problems, need to reformat. Denis Kelley wrote: Skip all this hassle with the vendor and get one Open License of Windows Professional.
I fully understand the downgrade process. This is what I found :. I did not enter any key during the install and just entered the key I had extracted with ProduKey before I wiped the machine. In your case, if you did a downgrade, it is your responsibility to provide media and keys. But these disks are unusable right now : A month back I started having.