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Topic # 198484 11-Jul-2016 12:32
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I messed up and lost my Windows key with my HTPC.

 

It's an Acer R3700. Basically over the weekend I replaced and upgraded the existing HDD and then re-formatted the original HDD to use as external storage in a caddy.

 

As I was installing Win 7 on the new HDD I first checked the case and then the box and found no Win 7 COA sticker. Uh-oh..

 

After some googling apparently the windows 7 key was attached directly to the original OS or may have been kept in restore partition which I just wiped. Bugger.


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  Reply # 1589573 11-Jul-2016 12:32
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Hey, have you listed a price, location and how much shipping would be to other parts of New Zealand? Also if you are asking for a PM make sure your Privacy settings allow your account to receive PM otherwise people can't contact you. Also note if you are selling something we ask you to offer to other members first. Links to private sales (including Trade Me posts) aren't accepted anymore and will be removed.





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  Reply # 1589607 11-Jul-2016 12:38
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Consider calling Acer





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  Reply # 1589621 11-Jul-2016 12:58
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Dynamic:

 

Consider calling Acer

 

 

Well out of warranty. Called and they said that I could send the unit for repair for $265 NZD and they would reimage the new HDD with a windows 7 OS.


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  Reply # 1589638 11-Jul-2016 13:10
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Well that sucks as an option!





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  Reply # 1589649 11-Jul-2016 13:17
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Can you undelete the partition using free software?





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  Reply # 1589669 11-Jul-2016 13:33
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Well if no one offers you any, you can pick one up for $30 here: http://www.kinguin.net/product/172673/windows-7-home-premium-oem-key/ 





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  Reply # 1589673 11-Jul-2016 13:34
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Dynamic:

 

Can you undelete the partition using free software?

 

 

I had started used the old 40gb HDD to copy media files in prep of new HDD. So it can't be said that the old HDD has not written new data after formatting. I could try tonight but a full restoration which will allow PC to boot seems very unlikely.

 

 




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  Reply # 1589682 11-Jul-2016 13:42
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lNomNoml:

 

Well if no one offers you any, you can pick one up for $30 here: http://www.kinguin.net/product/172673/windows-7-home-premium-oem-key/ 

 

 

Awesome that seems like the best solution. Have you bought a win 7 key yourself? After seeing an earlier thread from a year ago I might poke a few of the GZers to see if their PCs haven't been deactivated or flagged for pirated key. It appears kinguin has a buy protection insurance addon for 1 euro too.

 

This means I can also get Windows 7 pro (from Home edition) - for no obvious benefit :p

 

Thanks to Mod; earlier thread unlocked and seeking an update on Kinguin experiences.

 

 


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  Reply # 1589729 11-Jul-2016 15:19
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Hatch:

 

lNomNoml:

 

Well if no one offers you any, you can pick one up for $30 here: http://www.kinguin.net/product/172673/windows-7-home-premium-oem-key/ 

 

 

Awesome that seems like the best solution. Have you bought a win 7 key yourself? After seeing an earlier thread from a year ago I might poke a few of the GZers to see if their PCs haven't been deactivated or flagged for pirated key. It appears kinguin has a buy protection insurance addon for 1 euro too.

 

This means I can also get Windows 7 pro (from Home edition) - for no obvious benefit :p

 

Thanks to Mod; earlier thread unlocked and seeking an update on Kinguin experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I buy from them all the time, the link I gave you is to the seller I always use, worst case scenario you will have to activate via the automated phone system.





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  Reply # 1589799 11-Jul-2016 16:37
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You'd have to ask yourself "why are those Microsoft product keys so cheap?"



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  Reply # 1589822 11-Jul-2016 17:06
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nathan: You'd have to ask yourself "why are those Microsoft product keys so cheap?"

 

 

 

Not really.


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  Reply # 1589869 11-Jul-2016 18:05
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I have never seen an OEM machine, that came with Windows 7 on it, without a COA on the case somewhere, even on those smaller book-sized units.

 

You sure you have checked everywhere?

 

It's not inside the case somewhere?

 

 





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  Reply # 1589870 11-Jul-2016 18:07
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Hatch:

 

nathan: You'd have to ask yourself "why are those Microsoft product keys so cheap?"

 

 

 

Not really.

 

 

Just don't complain when they get blocked then.





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  Reply # 1589916 11-Jul-2016 19:44
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Sent you a PM




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  Reply # 1604962 5-Aug-2016 12:16
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Many thanks to joff_nz who helped me obtain a windows 7 serial at no cost. Top guy.


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