hi all I am trying to reinstall windows on a laptop but the key is worn out so I cant make all of it out please could someone take a look at the pic I have uploaded I have blanked out the readable parts many thanks in advance
Have you reinstalled Windows 7 without making sure you had the the number before hand. If not then use this. SIW. scroll down for the old free edition. Click on Licenses / Passwords / secrets to find the windows product key.
But it really does not matter if it does not work, it never does on mine when I do an reinstall and I know the number. It will ask you if you want to activate via phone, so pick UK and follow the instructions. Sorted.
Note for general info: The factory pre-activated product key (no key is asked for when using recovery media) cannot be used for install from an ordinary DVD where you are required to type in the key. (it won't work) The key you get on the sticker is a different key and usually requires phone activation.
If you have not wiped the files you may be able to do a 'back to factory restore' from partition on harddrive.