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Windows 7 Enterprise says it needs activated

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Nor, 25 Sep 2009.

  1. Nor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 May 2003

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    Long story short. New install of Windows 7 Enterprise (90 day trial) 2 days ago onto new PC. PC wouldn't boot tonight and removed CMOS battery to sort it. Didn't reset date (was 2002).

    Booted Windows. It gets all upset and says my install has expired and I need to activate it. Then, won't let me activate, says there's a security issue. Won't let me buy a key because it's not released it etc.

    Any ideas?
  2. Aod


    Joined: 7 Oct 2004

    Posts: 8,675

    Location: London

    complete reinstall :p

    you can only use the "rearm" trick to extend a windows trial before it's expired. it thinks you've been messing with the date settings to try and extend your trial usage and has locked itself irrevocably as a result.
  3. Nor

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    Cheers Aod. I take it I can't call MS and get a key to enter to activate it?
  4. stoofa


    Joined: 4 Mar 2003

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    Not really as one of the first questions will be:

    "Why are you running the Enterprise edition on your home PC?"

    If you were running it in the correct, corporate environment then either your IT department would have your key or they would be running their own activation server - so no need to contacts Microsoft's.
  5. lokkers

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    Not if it's the free 90 day trial, which he can be using quite legitimately now.
  6. Nor

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    Windows 7 seems to have fixed itself :) It must have spoke to Microsoft of its own accord and it's now no longer asking to activate and not switching off every hour :) Happy days.

    Thanks for the help.