How to activate Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on drive with GPT?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by OOPMan, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. OOPMan

    OOPMan MDL Novice

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    Hi all, first post here for me :)

    I need to run a multi-boot with Windows 7 Ultimate and Sabayon Linux. At a later point SteamOS will be installed as well :)

    Anyways, for now I've just finished installing Windows 7 Ultimate and Sabayon Linux. Due to requirements of the Sabayon installation I was forced to start from scratch with a GPT partition table. I've never had to use a GPT partition table before and hence I got a huge shock when I found that Windows Loader couldn't activate my Windows 7 installation due to the GPT table.

    Is there any other method I can use to activate or bypass activation that will work correctly with my setup?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tito

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  3. Nimbus2000

    Nimbus2000 MDL Member

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    If you don't mind switching to Win 7 Pro or Win 7 Enterprise, you can activate using KMS on GPT partitioned disk. Microsoft Toolkit is the gold standard for KMS activation.
     
  4. OOPMan

    OOPMan MDL Novice

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    I'll try WindSLIC for now. If I wanted to switch to Pro/Ent, is there a way to do it without re-installing Windows?
     
  5. Tito

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    Yah, you can un-officially upgrade/downgrade using this.

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  6. OOPMan

    OOPMan MDL Novice

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    Looks like I won't need it. I had to manually install WindSLIC for it to work, but it seems happy now :)
     
  7. fscussel

    fscussel MDL Novice

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    I have no idea on how to install this. I have downloaded all the attachments included in the first post, exactracted all to the same dir and then run Install.bat. Is says it didn't find the WindSLIC, the install certificante, etc, and the ask for reboot. Nothing changes. Still activate period. So how to fix this? I am NOT using UEFI, I am using a GPT disk with windows 7 64 in old mode, not UEFI. Is this a problem?
     
  8. OOPMan

    OOPMan MDL Novice

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    Hey, install.bat didn't work for me either. You need to follow the manual install instructions. Also, not sure how on earth you even managed Win 7 64 + GPT + MBR because I think that's impossible?

    My problem, btw, was that my Sabayon Linux Grub2 bootloader had auto-detected Windows and was using the Windows Boot Loader rather than WindSLIC. I fixed this by adding a custom Grub2 boot entry for Windows that used WindSLIC instead :)

    Not helpful, some of us need to multi-boot modern operating systems...
     
  9. fscussel

    fscussel MDL Novice

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    I am not very sure on how it's configured, but I'm not booting UEFI and I've copied the partition from an MBR disk. So I don't know what's left, but the disk is GPT. UEFI is off as I've said. I don't follow the manual instructions, could you give me some clues? thanks
     
  10. OOPMan

    OOPMan MDL Novice

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    Um....someone else may well correct me but as far as I know you can not boot a GPT-format disk using MBR.

    If you are using GPT then you are using EFI/UEFI.
     
  11. fscussel

    fscussel MDL Novice

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    You can, must be Win 7 64 bits tho. How can I check for SURE? Acronis Disk Director has stopped working, it says all the units are incompatible with the program.