How do I make my Windows 7 "Genuine"? They think I'm trying to install it on 2 seperate computers... but I just swapped Hard Drive and Motherboard!?!!

How do I make my Windows 7 "Genuine"? I purchased a non-upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium OEM and installed it on my system while I was working on some problems my computer was having. After I installed it, I decided that I needed to replace my motherboard and hard drive. I replaced these two items and reinstalled Windows 7. Now, Microsoft thinks that I tried to install this copy on two systems and is telling me that "The product key you typed cannot be used to activate Windows on this computer. Error Code: OxC004C008 The activation server determined that the specified product key could not be used."
This isn't a second computer. It's the same computer with a fresh hard drive and motherboard. How can I get Microsoft to recognize this and make this copy of Windows "Genuine"?

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Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 2,844 Applies to:
During the activation process there should be an option to call Microsoft, call them and see if they will ok your activation.
MCC 2011


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