I have a problem activating Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1 clean-installed from .iso from digital river with the original product key on my laptop.
- Error Code 0xC004E003
- The original product key is not for SP1. Since the Windows label on the laptop is worn out, I can't read it, so used a Belarc program to retrieve the product key.
- Found an article tjat non-SP1 product key cannot activate SP1 package, contrary to an answer by a moderator to a similar question.
- There is an instruction for a phone activation. Problem is, in my activation window, no telephone option exists. Only "Buy...", "Type a different..." and "Contact Microsoft...". options. The last option redirect to a help window, which gives no telephone number or contact information.
Since the HDD is formatted and recovery partition is removed, clean install is the only option available at the moment. What can I do now?