4 ways to activate Windows 7

4 ways to activate Windows 7
4 ways to activate Windows 7
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The activation of your copy of Windows should be done automatically at the end of its installation process. However, there may be times when you need to do this manually, mainly if you change the hardware composition of your computer or if you do not have internet access during the system installation. This formality was introduced by Microsoft in order to limit the harmful effects of computer piracy and to do so takes into account the hardware elements in place in a computer at the time of installation of the system.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Activate Windows 7 over the Internet

Activate Windows 7 Step 1

Step 1. Click the system start button

Right click on Computer and select Properties. You will see the Windows properties window appear.

You can also simultaneously press the ⊞ Win + Pause keys on your keyboard

Activate Windows 7 Step 2

Step 2. Click the Activate Windows Online Now link

You will find it at the bottom of the window. The software will attempt to detect an active connection to the Internet and if it detects one, the option Activate Windows Online Now will activate and you can select it. If not, check if your computer is connected to the Internet.

Activate Windows 7 Step 3

Step 3. Enter your Windows 7 activation key

When prompted, you will need to enter a 25-character key to activate your copy of Windows. You can find this key on the bottom of your laptop, on the back of your desktop computer, on the packaging box of the installation DVD or in the Windows 7 introductory manual.

  • If you downloaded the system from the Microsoft site, you will find the validation key in the confirmation email sent to you at the time of purchase.
  • You will need to purchase a new activation key if you cannot find yours.
Activate Windows 7 Step 4

Step 4. Click

Following to activate your copy of Windows.

You will probably have to wait a little while for a confirmation message to appear. You can verify that the activation of your system is effective by right-clicking on Computer and selecting Properties. You will then see a message at the bottom of the window saying Windows is activated.

Method 2 of 4: Activate Windows 7 by phone

Activate Windows 7 Step 5

Step 1. Click on the system start button

Right click on Computer and select Properties. You will see the System Properties window appear.

You will achieve the same result by simultaneously pressing the ⊞ Win + Pause keys on your keyboard

Activate Windows 7 Step 6

Step 2. Click Activate Windows Now

This link is at the bottom of the displayed window.

Activate Windows 7 Step 7

Step 3. Select Show other activation methods

You will find this link in the activation menu.

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Step 4. Enter the Windows 7 validation key

When prompted, you'll need to enter a 25-character validation key to unlock your copy of Windows. You can find this key on the bottom of your laptop, on the back of your desktop computer, on the box of the installation DVD or in the Windows 7 introductory manual.

  • If you downloaded the system from the Microsoft site, you will find the validation key in the confirmation email sent to you at the time of purchase.
  • You will need to purchase a new validation key if you have misplaced yours.
Activate Windows 7 Step 9

Step 5. Click

Following.

From the list of options presented to you, select Use the automatic validation system by phone. You may be prompted for your administrator password. In this case, enter your password and click OK.

Activate Windows 7 Step 10

Step 6. Select the location closest to you

You will be presented with a window containing a list of telephone numbers that you can call as well as an identification key specific to your installation.

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Step 7. Call one of the numbers offered

You will be connected to an automated system that will guide you through the activation process. You will be prompted to enter the installation identifier displayed on your screen.

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Step 8. Enter the installation identifier when prompted

Use your phone's keypad for this, not your computer's.

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Step 9. Take note of the confirmation number that will be given to you

When you have finished entering your Installation ID, write down the confirmation number you will be given. You can do this on a piece of paper or in the Notepad editor. Don't hang up your phone now.

Activate Windows 7 Step 14

Step 10. Enter the confirmation number in the activation window

When you are finished, click Continue.

If activation doesn't work, stay on the phone with your phone to speak to a Microsoft support person who can direct you

Method 3 of 4: Activate Windows 7 with a modem

Activate Windows 7 Step 15

Step 1. Click on the system start button

Right click on Computer and select Properties. You will see the System Properties window appear.

You will achieve the same result by simultaneously pressing the ⊞ Win + Pause keys on your keyboard

Activate Windows 7 Step 16

Step 2. Click Activate Windows Now

This link is at the bottom of the displayed window.

Activate Windows 7 Step 17

Step 3. Select Show other activation methods

You will find this link in the activation menu.

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Step 4. Enter your Windows 7 activation key

When prompted, you will need to enter a 25 character key to validate your copy of Windows. You can find this key on the bottom of your laptop, on the back of your desktop computer, on the packaging box of the installation DVD or in the Windows 7 introductory manual.

  • If you downloaded the system from the Internet, you will find the validation key in the confirmation email sent to you at the time of purchase.
  • You will need to purchase a new activation key if you cannot find yours.
Activate Windows 7 Step 19

Step 5. Click

Following.

Select option Use a modem to connect directly to the activation service. You may be prompted for your administrator password. In this case, enter your password and click OK.

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Step 6. Select the location closest to you

You will be offered a list of telephone numbers to which your modem can connect. Click Next to make the activation connection for your system. You will probably have to wait a little while for a confirmation message to appear.

  • You can verify that the activation of your system is effective by right-clicking on Computer and selecting Properties. You will then see a message at the bottom of the window saying Windows is activated.

Method 4 of 4: Use Windows without activating it

Activate Windows 7 Step 21

Step 1. Download InfiniteRearm

You can find this utility on the sites of many Windows enthusiasts. Its use is illegal if you do not have the activation key for the copy of Windows that you want to use with. This utility was not produced and is in no way endorsed by Microsoft.

You may need to download InfiniteRearm as part of the Rearm Wizard software package

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Step 2. Extract the downloaded software

Double click on the file you just downloaded and place Rearm Wizard.cmd on your desktop or any other directory on your computer that is easy to access.

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Step 3. Run the file

Rearm Wizard.cmd. The Windows command console will open and take you to the utility installation process.

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Step 4. Select A from the main menu

The InfiniteRearm 7 installation menu will load.

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Step 5. Select A from the InfiniteRearm menu

This will have the effect of installing the InfiniteRearm service on your computer which will restart at the end of the process. Do not delete the downloaded file after installation, because it may still be useful to you.

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Step 6. Use Windows as you normally would

InfiniteRearm constantly resets the Windows trial version timer, which will allow you to take advantage of all the functions of the operating system without you having to activate it to use it normally.

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Step 7. Occasionally reinstall InfiniteRearm

The program timer may be reaching its limit. You will then need to reinstall it to continue using your copy of Windows without activating it. You will also have to reinstall it after a period of 180 days fixed by the program.

Advice

  • If you had any problems activating your system over the phone, stay online and you will be connected to a Microsoft customer service representative who will direct you.
  • The Windows 7 product key can be found in the packaging of the system installation DVD. If you downloaded the system installer from the Internet, you will find this key in the confirmation email that will be sent to you after paying for your purchase.

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