key activation after upgrade

I have purchased a toshiba laptop from toshiba aus that came with windows 7starter.

a few weeks later is purchased an upgrade disk from the site itsnotcheating to upgrade it to windows 7 pro.


the upgrade worked but now it is asking for the product key to be entered.

the problem is that the windows activation wont accept the key as it says its an upgrade key not for a clean install of windows 7.


the way i went around upgrading was to first try the dvd but when it was about to start dong the upgrade it said to use the windows 7 anytime upgrade.

so i than used the windows 7 anytime upgrade and that worked for the upgrade and it now says windows 7 professional, but the other day it started to ask me to activate the key.


Please help as i'm a full time student and use this for all my studies.



Question Info

Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 333 Applies to:

Activation resources gathered by JW Stewart;

How to activate Windows 7 manually
1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
5) Stay on the phone and wait for a person to help you with activation.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:

Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key

How can I tell if Windows is activated?

Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7 -Update for Microsoft Windows (KB971033)

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