win version from a key

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  1. malistev

    malistev MDL Novice

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    I looked into friend's laptop yesterday. At the shop they put a win 10 pro onto it, but it shows some "unable to activate" error, and when I used one of the 3rd party programs to look at serial key it also said that a win 7 key is detected, but not for which version. Is there a way to trace original version of windows 7 that a key is intended to be used with?
     
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  3. malistev

    malistev MDL Novice

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    Thank you.
     
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    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    The shop won't take responsibility for their work? If it were my computer I'd be all over them about their shoddy work.
     
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    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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  8. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Yes I saw that but did not know if that key finder would find OEM keys, Installed keys, plus look up version of Windows the key came from, no disrespect intended.:D
     
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    malistev MDL Novice

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    I don't remember what tools I used, I did a wuick google and didn't have time to check up on that since, but I remember it showed serial with added note that win 7 key has been detected in BIOS or something like that.
     
  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    From what i understand, normally there is not actually a specific key in the bios of OEM windows 7 system, it's a slic table.

    Because it's not a windows edition specific key, all win 7 editions except enterprise can be installed and legally activated by entering the edition specific key and certificates.