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Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 2:26 AM

I have an X240 ThinkPad that I'm trying to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. My Windows 7 had a problem the Windows 10 installation didn't like so I used the Lenovo recovery disks to repair W-7. Now W-7 seems to be fine but I need to activate it and need the Product Key. Nowhere to be found. What do I do now?

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 2:38 AM

The product key for Windows 7 should be on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, and if not there, check under the external battery.    If you cannot locate it, and you did not completely uninstall Windows 7, and then reinstall, the old key may still be stored in the registry, and if so, you can recover by using a free tool from Nirsoft called ProduKey

 

That model should work with Windows 10, and you really need to move to Windows 10 for security reason since Windows 7 is no longer supported, so what errors did you encounter when tying to install Windows 10?

 

 

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 2:56 AM

It kept telling me it was a counterfeit copy of Windows. But it still worked fine. So I ignored it. W-10 didn't ignore it. So I used the recovery disks and ran into the product key wall. I'll open it up and see what I can find in the morning. 
thanks for the input. I'll post what happens. 

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 14:58 PM

Windows 10 will use the product key from your Windows 7 installation. If that key is bogus, your Windows 7 should tell you it is not activated. You can use magic jellybean to get the Win7 product key but when you manually enter it I fear Win 10 will give you the same counterfit response.

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 17:46 PM

OK. Looked under the battery and found nothing. There is, however, a Windows 8 logo on the bottom of the computer. I bought a W-7 machine so it looks to me as if Lenovo put the W-7 over the W-8 in this unit. There's no product key for anything anywhere that I can find, on the machine or in the paperwork or with the recovery disks. 

I guess I'm had with this one. I'll have to look to other means to get where I want to go.

Thanks to everyone for help and suggestions.

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 19:23 PM

If it came with Windows 8.x installed when new, and then factory downgraded to Windows 7 (which was common when 8.0 came out), the windows 8.x product key would have been embedded in the BIOS, which you would see if you run the free ProduKey utility, and perhaps also the original Windows 7 key if you did not wipe out the original Windows 7 key from the registry when you repaired Win7.

 

That system should run Windows 10 just fine,  but you are probably going to have to do a clean install of Windows 10 vs an upgrade, and when you get to the part where it asks for a product key, select "I do not have a product key" and upon completion Windows 10 will activate automatically using the product key embedded in the BIOS.       

 

A fresh install would of course mean that you data will have to be backed up and restored, and applications reinstalled, so I would certainly recommend running ProduKey and saving the results to a file.

 

Below are links to where you can download Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft, and instructions on doing a clean install of Windows 10.

 

 

Download Windows 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

How to: Perform a Clean Install or Reinstall of Windows 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10startfresh

 

 

Best of luck,

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 19:33 PM

Great. Thanks. Certainly worth a try.

 

All this is hugely frustrating for me for several reasons. One, the computer is a tool for me and I don't relish the attention it requires to continue to function. I bought it. It worked and, barring hardware failures, I see no reason it shouldn't continue to work. Two, this is not a main computer for me. It's my travel machine for keeping track of finances and whatnot when I'm remote. And the other main one is that I'm 77 years old. Sigh. 

 

But I'll give this a go when I get the time to mess with it.

 

Thanks again.

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 22:47 PM

OK. I used PRODUKEY and found two product keys. One was called "Windows (BIOS OEM KEY)". I am assuming that was the product key for the original Windows 8 installation. There was another called "Windows 7 Professional" which is the version of W-7 I have running now. I downloaded the W-10 package again and when it got to the place where it wanted the product key, I tried both of these and it didn't like either. I also tried to activate the W-7 currently running and it didn't like the product key. For the W-7 activation, the automatically inserted dashes during entry were not in the same place as the ones in the product keys I had. Still stuck in the mud.

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 23:01 PM

When you do the installation of Windows 10, on the page where you are asked to the "Enter Product Key" window, select the option of "I do not have a product key" in the lower left, and the installation will proceed      Once the installation of Windows 10 has completed, it will grab that "BIOS OEM Key" from the registry, and should activate automatically.    

 

 

Best of luck, 

 

 

PS:     Windows 7 was very picky about which installation media was used to install, so if you did not use a OEM/COA version of the Windows 7 Pro installer, it would not accept a OEM Product key.       That is not longer the case with Windows 10

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Re: Windows 7 Product key

2020-02-11, 23:08 PM

I saw that note before but the screen I get when I get to that point does not offer the choice. It has a blank for entering the key and the only possible buttons to click are a Back button and a Next button.

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