Repair Windows Activation in Windows Server 2008 R2

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I had two testing boxes that were transferred to me from a department in Italy.  A dialog box tells me the Windows 2008 R2 OS is not a valid Microsoft product.

However, I cannot enter my valid product code, because the Windows activation section is missing.  Microsoft told me to reinstall a valid OS, but there is a complicated testing application on these machines and reinstalling them will take me at least a week.

Is there a way to repair the Windows activation on these machines?
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Yes, there is a patch that will allow this.  I have included RemoveWat22 - should take car of the activation.
RemoveWAT22.ZIP
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You can try doing a repair on the OS but if MS says to reinstall then you are going to have to reinstall to fall under their licensing properly.

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I think Twisted_Logic Is on to someting.  I need the opposit of this.  I want to restore the WAT.  I have a valid license and would like to use it to activate Windows, but I don't want to reinstall everything on the machines.
Did you change your product key?  Make sure you are using the MAK key and not the KMS

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This solved the nagging screen, but I would like to reinstall the Windows Activation.

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