How to validate Windows 7 after failed activation related to ‘Display Images Enabled: Failed”?

Kannon Y January 24, 2014
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Hey guys, I’m getting a failed activation for Windows 7 64-bit.

It’s a valid Technet subscription key, so it should work. But Technet keys don’t allow telephone activation.

I made several mistakes, such as using an older disk that didn’t include service pack 1. It validated, but after installing SP1, it then lost validation. I then let the 30-day activation period lapse, so now some features inside of Windows are no longer working. It’s also reporting that the installation isn’t genuine.

I ran the validation diagnostic tool ( and it reported that everything was working with the exception of “Display Images Enabled: Failed”.

How do I validate this copy without reinstalling the OS?

Thanks for your help!

  1. Jan F
    January 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Not sure how detailed the output of the website is (it doesn't want to work in my IE) so I would suggest to run the standalone MGADiag tool.

    Important sections of the output are the "File Scan Data" and "Windows Activation Technologies". If there are files listed as damaged/tampered then this is your problem.

    You could try to recover them using the SP1 installation files:
    extract them using the -X parameter e.g. "sp1.exe -x"
    extract the contents of the "" e.g. using 7zip

    I haven't looked into the cabinet file myself so there may be more things that need to be unpacked. Also if files end with an underline e.g. "dl_" or "ex_" you have to expand them using e.g. "expand some.dl_ some.dll" in a command line window.

    If no files were listed I would suggest to consult the Windows 7 activation forums as there are people with a good understanding how to "read" the output and diagnose your problem.

    • Kannon Y
      January 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks for the replay Jan, I actually have run the MGADiag tool and it reports no problems. But then the validation process still doesn't work. I'm pretty sure the diagnostic failure has something to do with the 30-day activation period elapsing. It attempts to use ActiveX to repair the validation issue, but then ActiveX doesn't work. Possibly because it has been disabled.

      I will do as you suggest though and paste the MGADiag tool report into the forums over at Thanks again for your help.

  2. Hovsep A
    January 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    does it display error number?

    Microsoft TechNet/MSDN keys will expire at end of subscription period

    • Kannon Y
      January 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Unfortunately there's no error code. It just fails to activate. I checked around but couldn't find a workaround other than the third part validation workaround tool (but I don't want to use that just yet).

      The keys are still within the subscription period. There was a three month extension - mine should expire in June of 2014.