Windows 7 activation after downgrade

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by chezibear, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. chezibear

    chezibear MDL Novice

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    after certain windows 8 laptops and systems are imaged to windows 7 by my company, they are activated by a volume licence key but when they arrive at a client a few days later the client complains that the system is not activated...

    does anyone know why this happens and how to solve this problem

    windows 8 headache!
     
  2. Psychoteur

    Psychoteur MDL Novice

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    Windows 7 VL needs to be activated via KMS.
     
  3. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    funny company without knowledge about KMS licenses and their activation process :roflmao:
     
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  4. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    #4 CaptainKirk1966, Feb 21, 2013
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    That depends on whether it is Professional or Enterprise edition, both of which have volume licensing. Professional can also be activated in oem (by Daz loader for example) or retail channel. Enterprise is volume only, using kms or mak.

    Sure sounds that way, but even with kms they should stay activated for more than a few days.

    slmgr /dlv from the command prompt should answer the question of which license channnel.
     
  5. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I think if you install kb971033 and use a banned EPID it will un-genuine you in a couple days. I could be wrong. It could be tied into win7 itself, but I think it might be kb971033 and the banned key.
     
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  6. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    #6 CaptainKirk1966, Feb 22, 2013
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    It would be a funny company indeed rolling out images that were activated against an illegal kms host, of the sort often discussed here. The OP really did not provide enough info, such as an mgadiag report from one of the non-activated laptops mentioned. Also, he did say not activated, rather than non-genuine. The systems may simply need to go online for activation on the first boot, and can't find a proper kms server if they are outside the company network on first boot.
     
  7. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    volume licence key ? MAK or KMS. Which key you use?
    If its KMS, already answered above. If MAK used then confirm.
     
  8. chezibear

    chezibear MDL Novice

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    yeah we use MAK...

    as mentioned earlier in thread someone said W7 Volume licence has to be activated with KMS... but we have never had problems up till now

    particularly with windows 8 downgrade, someone did mention it might have something to do with secureboot/uefi/efi..

    it may be a stupid question, but i wouldnt be asking if i knew.. :biggrin:

    thanks in advance for ya help
     
  9. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    mak also requires one time online activation against servers at ms, or by phone for disconnected system.
     
  10. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    I thought you had to be connected even when on phone for mak activation?
     
  11. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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  12. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    You used MAK & activated them online right? After activation did you run generalization to give OOBE experience?
    Do you have those deactivated system in hand?