I talked to Lenovo about this and they said the only way to retrieve them was to call Microsoft and that they should be able to provide the product key for them. You are going to have to do this if you want to revert to Windows 8. Its also a bit faster than windows 7. I still am perfectly happy with my Win 7 Pro. I purchased machine new, it came with 8.
Usually, transferring the product key could be a good way to save money if you're building a new computer, and you're planning to retire your previous system. They should see that it should have came with a recovery disk and they should send you a new one. But in any case it does happen quite a bit that you can find a valid system installed with a genuine valid copy of windows from the manufacturer and the key is either destroyed beyond use or the sticker be completely missing. I have checked with my manufacturer Lenovo and found all my drivers are already up to date. Currently with so many people attempting blindly at this and even with some foreknowledge yet still failing to do it successfully this is a severe issue.
Generally speaking, you can transfer a retail license as many times as you need, but depending on the scenario, and the number of times you transferred a product key, you may start getting an activation error. I will be very grateful if you fix my problem. But maybe I misunderstood this. The following window will open. Is there anyway to know the product keys still works? Under Windows activation, click on Change product key. I found out my product key using the software 'Belrac Advisor'. Setup detects this key and the single language key doesn't work with Core, Pro or Enterprise.
If the software was previously activated, you will not be able to activate it online. Otherwise a license for a computer is pointless if you run into technical issues. No need if it has already activated - just clean install using link below. So here comes the critical moment. If there was a prescribed fashion that microsoft detailed to make this happen without issue then there would be no need for crazy procedures and attempts that may or may not prove successful.
If I give people advice that may not bring about the desired end result then I feel I am part of the problem. I am curious if in your complete win10 installs that worked Drago did you erase the System Reserved partitions or just formatted the Primary partition and install to it? So maybe it would be the better choice in this scenario to run the install from the disk straight from the desktop as it seems it would keep the filesystem for the most part intact as it requires for itself and this would possibly keep windows valid and active. Just throwing this out, can I install Windows 7 on two computers with the same product key? I'm clueless to this generic key process. I will reinstall win7 pro x64 completely and fully update. If you are not sure about that you might want to make a complete copy of your current hard drive, just in case making you able to revert to your current state. I suppose you could try to do the upgrade again but I really wouldn't count on it being any better of an outcome if it botched the first time around.
If it's not there, the person on the phone should be able to help you through the process. I replaced a broken screen in a Win 8 laptop that was given to me and I am going to give it for free to someone that can't afford one so they can do homework at home. And I agree with the last part of your post. But once you learn how to use the start menu, its really quite nice. However my Win 10 does not update any more. Official discs do not have individual versions on, e. I had my skepticism at first also.
Also, do I have to use the built-in revert system or can I just flash back a previous backup image of my hdd? Maybe someone will find the most proven path and outline it in a guide. She is killing me with mistakes on licensing issues. If 10 has not activated, you will need to go back to 8. Oh and just saw your post Drago. But in any case it worked wonderfully.
If you don't have it, you need to find it from a previously legal licensed version of Windows 7 Pro. Your partitions probably got switched around during an upgrade. If the activation servers are busy, you might need to wait a while and then try again later. I opted to do a clean install armed with my new knowledge. Why can't I install Windows 7 from generic media? This way you can have a copy of your product key. Also note that you'll need to install the same edition that the key is for Standard, Pro, or Enterprise.