What’s new about Windows 7?
Windows 7 Product Key:
One of the first things you will notice about Windows 7 (especially if you’re upgrading from Vista), that it’s faster than its predecessor. It used to be the case that newer version of Windows required hardware changes to run optimally. However, Windows 7 runs significantly faster than Vista on the same hardware. People have noticed that it booted faster and applications operate in a much smoother fashion. Windows 7 can actually boot on a device that runs Windows XP.
Moreover, if you’re not running a SP1 version of Vista or higher, you will notice that Windows 7 is much more stable than the OS you’re currently running. It wasn’t until SP1 that the bugs which caused system crashes were handled.
One of the main reasons why I felt a huge difference between 7 and Vista, was because Windows 7 focused on the essentials and trimmed a lot of unnecessary programs that were on Vista which were of no use; programs like the Movie Maker are nowhere to be found on Windows 7, and you can easily download these programs through Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials website. One thing you will also notice straight away is that Windows Media Player 12 is supporting more video formats which allow you to actually use it instead of downloading a third-party video player. Formats like 3GP, AAC, Xvid, MOV are supported on the new media player.
What is a Windows product key?
Simply put, it’s a 25-characters long key that is used to activate your version of Windows 7. It is found on the CD case (I know what you’re thinking: “People still buy those in 2019?” They do, yes.) You will be asked to provide it during the installation process of your Windows 7.
How can I activate Windows 7?
Thought you’d never ask. The most common way of activating Windows 7 is the online method where you enter the product key and just click next. Simply, right click on “Computer,” then click on “Properties.” You will find “Activate Windows Now” at the bottom of the window. Once you click it, the system will check if there’s an internet connection.
Afterwards, you will be directed to a window where you can choose various options to activate the product. If the system detected an internet connection, you will be able to click on “Activate Windows online now.” Once you do, a window will appear where you will be asked to enter the 25 character key. As stated previously, it must be a valid key that is unique to your version and copy of Windows 7. Other places where you might find the product key are underneath your laptop or on the back of your computer case.
If you actually downloaded the product online, then you will find the product key in the confirmation e-mail. Once you enter the key, click on next. The activation process might take a few moments before showing you a message confirming that your product has been activated successfully. To ensure that everything went smoothly, we will check again on “Computer” to see the activation status of our version which was shown in the 2nd question. If it read that the product has been activated, then you can say goodbye to all those “Activate Windows” messages and pop-ups, and you can now enjoy the full version of Windows 7 with all its features and benefits.
How do I find out if my Windows 7 is activated?
On your desktop, you can right-click on “Computer” and choose “properties,” in the bottom of the window that will appear afterwards, you should see “Windows activation” and its status.
What if it showed that it hasn’t been activated?
There are several things you can do at this point. You can search online for a free product key (Good luck with that as Windows have discontinued Windows 7 which means that it is rather difficult to find a working product key). You can also get the product key by following instructions on your Windows system, and we will get to that in a bit.
What if I chose not to activate my Windows 7?
It’s a free country. You can choose not to activate it. However, you will be reminded by it constantly for the first 30 days of using the system. After the 30 days, you will be getting the “activate now” notification every hour, along with a background that is black. Windows will not allow you to change it back to the background of your preference as it will change back after an hour. You will be able to use Windows 7 without activating it through the product key for 120 days.
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I tried activating Windows 7 with the product key but I failed. Help!
There are many reasons as to why this might have happened: You might have entered the wrong product key for your Windows version (32/64 bit), you might have also entered a product key that has been used or is expired, because the product key is specific for every copy of Windows and it is created to ensure that your copy of Windows 7 was not used before by anyone before you. In order to figure out exactly what was the reason, you will need to consult the Microsoft support website.
You can check the posts first to see if someone had exactly the problem that you have or had the same error message shown to him. Before using a product key you found online, you might want to check the comments on the website, to see what people who visited the website before you had to say when they tried the product keys that you’re attempting to use. In most cases, what happened to them will probably happen to you and you will be shown the same error message they received (No one is truly, utterly unique, you know). Checking the comment section will not take more than a couple of minutes and it will save you hours and hours of searching online trying to figure out how to get that product key to work successfully.
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