Hard drive crash? Reinstall Upgrade problem ANSWER FROM M.S. Reinstalled windows 7 upgrade using system repair disc but it won't take activation key.
Applies To: Windows Windows 7Install, Upgrade and Activate
Hard drive crashed. Bought new one. Reinstalled windows 7 upgrade using system repair disc but it won't take activation key. Oringal OS vista was on crashed HD. WHat next?December 15, 2011 Reply with quote Report abuse
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Answer Note: if you are still installing Windows and at the Enter Your Product Key page, do not enter your key and uncheck "Automatically Activate When Online" then click OK/Next to finish the installation.

Activate Windows 7 on this computer

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-windows-7-on-this-computer

If online activation fails:

Phone Activation

1. Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button, right-clicking Computer, clicking Properties, and then clicking Activate Windows now.‌
2. Click Show me other ways to activate.
3. Type your Windows 7 product key, and then click Next.
4. Click Use the automated phone system. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
5. Click the location nearest you from the drop-down list, and then click Next.
6. Call one of the available phone numbers listed.

7. Hold and wait for someone to pick up (don't select any options), then explain what happened.
asked by Norseman on May 14, 2012