Looking for guidance to activate an OEM comp after HDD upgrade.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by nublet, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. nublet

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  3. venu

    venu MDL Addicted

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    A hard drive change does not affect your bios. Since your machine came with win7 oem preactivated, your bios already has SLIC 2.1. You can use your Gateway recovery disk to reinstall windows as often as you like and your system will be offline activated each time. Theres no need to call MS.
     
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    #4 nublet, Feb 24, 2010
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    First, thanks for the replys.
    Second, I'm not exactly fluent with the certificates and such but I did grab a set of oem's a few days ago from the repository you posted Freestyler. I installed a Gateway one but no luck. The installation told me was successful, restarted and yet I'm still being bugged to activate. I don't think the certs are version specific, but then again I'm not well versed in them. I just did the manual install via cmd if that's of any importance.

    Might as well add that my SLP is the VQB3X one listed in the bottom link of your signature.

    I hear what you're saying venu but I'm aiming to avoid the recovery disk. I seriously can't take the 45 minute post-install frivilous crap oem progam install.

    If I needed I can dig up anything in the OEM folder of the orignal HDD, but there isn't anything in it that screams a cert to me. I tried posting my pics of the SLIC dump but it seems that didn't take and for some other reason I can't figure the goofy album upload popup here. Maybe it's just got something against FF, but I can try again to get them up if it's needed.


    Oh and I'm unsure what type of 7 HP x64 disk I have. Again, not sure if it makes a huge difference but something to know. Today, I just grabbed the digitalriver one from the that specific thread in the forums. I believe the disk I used to install was probably a retail version.
     
  5. venu

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    Did you install a key? SLIC 2.1 + cert + key = activation.
     
  6. nublet

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    Yup. SLIC 2.1 is part of the bios. It's orginal straight from Gateway, unaltered. Beyond that, I installed 7 HP with the VQB3X- SLP that came originally installed. After that I installed the cert labeled Gateway from the Repository. So: SLIC + Key + Cert +reboot = 26 days left to activate.
     
  7. venu

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    Did you install the cert and the key in elevated cmd? Also did you get the installed successfully message?
     
  8. urie

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    Install using you gateway recovery disk then use slic dump toolkit to grab your key and certificate it will be partial key but you can compair it to ones posted on stickies once you have those backed up, then do your clean install from RTM dvd.
     
  9. Phazor

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    Lets try some logic.

    A Win7 OEM:SLP activation consists of 3 elements.

    These elements are:

    1) SLIC 2.1 in the BIOS

    2) A Certificate that matches the SLIC in the BIOS

    3) Any SLP Key belonging to the installed Edition

    Now since the SLP Key can be from any manufacturer, and you do have a valid SLIC 2.1 in the BIOS, the culprit (if it wasnt a user-error) can only be the Certificate.

    Ergo: Find a Gateway Certificate that matches the SLIC in your BIOS and your problem should be solved.
     
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