Did you click on Start, then right-click on Computer, then click on Properties, then scroll down and Activate?
Is this a legal copy of Windows 7?
Please try and let me know.
If it's not legal, then you cannot activate.
i am on the page & see the product id # XXXXX - now what
How to activate an illegal copy is the question I'm trying to ask.
You are asking to do something illegally.
no I'm not ! I'm trying to contact the proper site on Microsoft to pay for an activation key to correct a problem I didn't create & so far I'm having no more success here than I did searching Microsoft sites.
The only way is to buy a legal windows copy with product key and reinstall Windows.
What is the brand and model of your computer? Did it have windows xp, vista, or 7 originally?
Then you have to purchase a legal windows 7 copy with product key and reinstall Windows 7.
I had a hard drive crash & the "tech" who hepled me recover files put this os on my computer, I guess to make it easier to do the recovery. The problem is I can't contact him & now I can't find out how to correct things.
What is the brand and model of your computer?
Do you have the Windows XP / Recovery disk to reinstall Windows XP?
Also I don't need proffesional which this copy is for home use, If I buy a new copy of a lesser version, (which is cheaper) will I be able to load it over whats here now without screwing things up even more?
If you want Windows 7, then yes, you can buy cheaper version and load it over
But make sure you backup your files first.
yes I do have the xp disc
Then you can use the windows xp disk to reinstall Windows XP.
not a national brand It was made locally by a local repair shop it's called "paragon Series
First backup your data files,
I use Mozy so I think anything important is there
Then insert the windows xp disk, then turn it off and then turn it on and press the key F1 (or could be F2, Del, or Esc key) when you see the first screen appears on the screen in order to go to BIOS/Setup menu and look for the Boot/Startup option and set the cd/dvd drive as first order and hard disk drive as 2nd order. Then save and exit. Then press any key when asked to boot from the cd/dvd drive... . Then follow instructions to install Windows XP (delete the previous windows).
I'm looking on another computer, "the one with the problem" & have wound up on the windows anytime upgrade window it acknowledges that I'm running win 7 prof & suggests win ultimate as an upgrade @ $129.00 which seems like the least expensive thing I can do. Thoughts?
Does it have and option to activate/purchase windows 7 pro?
doesn't look like it @ least I haven't found it yet, I'll keep looking
activate yes - purchase no.
please see if you can activate.
no it won't & the upgrade to ultimate requires that I activate the existing prof first before the download. Seems like I'm just going aroung in circles with these guys.
Sorry it won't let you activate an illegal copy.
So you either reinstall Windows XP, or buy a Windows 7 disk (or burn).
(buy full version, not upgrade)
so do I just go on line somewhere & buy a new copy, install it over what's there now ?
Yes, but you will have to burn it to a disk in order to install.
ok sorry I typed that before I saw the end of your last message.
I'll get a copy somewhere that comes with a disc. Back to an earlier question before I buy something I can't use, can I load a copy of one of the "home" editions over the prof. without screwing things up.?
I did answer you that, you can load any version and it won't screw up.
Remember to purchase full version of whatever windows 7 edition you buy.
Please let me know if there is still any issue later.