Clean OEM Windows 7 install returns 0xc004e003

Despite attempts to install SP1 to a work machine I was left little choice but to perform a clean install with a slipstreamed OEM Win7 SP1 install disk, for reasons that appear to make little sense this now won't validate although it had the OEM version of windows installed originally, please help
 

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Activation Error: 0XC004E003

Description: The software liecencing service reported that liecence evaulation failed.

See: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinevista/thread/493f068f-e103-44ab-9ee0-ee2fe8827b6f  Try reactivating by telephone:


Activate Windows 7 manually:
1. Click Start, and in the Search box type :  slui.exe 4

2. Press ENTER on your Keyboard

3. Select your Country.
4. Select the Phone Activation option, and hold on for a real person. 

Please run the Microsoft Genuine Diagnostics Tool then copy and paste the results in a reply here for further analysis:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012


You can find your COA key located on the product key sticker under the bottom of your laptop. If the edition of Windows 7 with SP1 you installed does not correspond, then you will receive this error message.

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Your problem is you are using the OEM SLP key which can not be activated in the normal way as Noel said.

 change your product key to the one on your COA.

How to change the product key.

click start

right click computer

select properties

scroll to the bottom of the page and select change product key

 

You may have to activate by phone

 How to activate Windows 7 manually (activate by phone)

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 (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.


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Computers, which are built by large manufactures that come with Windows Pre-Installed, come with two (2) Product Keys:

 

A)   OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Windows, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the special instructions found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Windows was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Windows 7 looks at the motherboard and sees the special instructions and Self-Activates. (that's why you did not need to Activate your computer after you brought it home)

 

B)    COA SLP: This is the Product key that you see on the sticker on the side (or bottom,[ or inside the battery compartment]) of your computer. It is a valid product key, but should only be used in limited situations (such as if the OEM SLP key stops self-activating for whatever reason). The key must be activated by Phone. (Note: All manufacturers that use the OEM SLP system are required by contract to include a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker, that has a COA SLP key, on the computer)

 

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