You might have seen the error code “0xc004f061”or “The software licensing service has determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations” while trying to activate Windows 7. This clearly indicates that the product key you have entered is meant for an upgraded version of Windows 7. In case you are using Windows XP, you will need to do a clean install as there is no upgrade option available. You can either buy the upgrade pack or the full version of Windows 7.
Windows 7 help tips to avoid activation issues
- Get Windows 7 help to find out whether you have a full version
In case you already have formatted the drive, it won’t be possible to use an upgrade product key, for activation. Windows 7 help suggest trying to re-install the previous Operating system and then upgrade to Windows 7. Only then will you be able to use an Upgrade Product key.
- Accidentally mistyped the product key
According to Windows 7 help, this happens more often than you think. If it happens to you, try retyping the product key and this time make sure that you type in the right product key.
- Follow Windows 7 help upgrade advisor
If you accidentally install a version which doesn’t support the product key, you are bound to face problems. Better get Windows 7 help from the upgrade advisor on which version of Windows 7 the product key supports.
If you continue to receive an error message, leave the license box empty and click continue. You will get a grace period of 30 days to activate your product. Get Windows 7 help as soon as possible and get your problem fixed. This issue can only be fixed if you have a legitimate version of Windows. What would you do without Windows 7 help?