Can't Activate Since It's Already Activated

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Eddie_Seattle, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Hello,

    A copy of Vist I have installed on another machine has locked my computer
    down and won't allow me to activate.

    I thought we could test, register and activate multiple copies. The machine
    in question suffered some hardware issues that have required several
    installation attempts and finally a success. Have my numerous activations
    caused me to lose the ability to activate at all?

    Eddie_Seattle, Dec 25, 2006
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  2. Eddie_Seattle

    Chad Harris Guest

    1) Call them and get this straightened out. That'd be my first move. There
    is an automated phone system in the activation wizard or just call
    1-800-MICROSOFT and have them get you in the activation cue or just call
    Vista support and have them do it: They can straighten out activation
    problems and any hardware change component.

    Vista Support:

    Details on accessing this phone support:

    Phone Number: 866-425-0593
    Hours of Availability:
    Monday – Friday: 5AM-9PM Pacific Time
    Saturday – Sunday: 6AM-3PM Pacific Time
    English only (US & Canada)

    2) Also you can obtain a phone number with a command:

    You can obtain the telephone number by running slui.exe 4 at the command
    prompt. You can also obtain the telephone number by clicking Show me other
    ways to activate in the Product Activation wizard. Optionally, you can find
    the phone number for your location in the
    %systemroot%\system32\slui\phone.inf file.

    Activation fails when you try to activate Windows Vista or Windows Longhorn
    Server over the Internet

    Good luck,

    Chad Harris, Dec 25, 2006
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  3. Eddie_Seattle

    Chad Harris Guest


    You also can buy time (I'm not sure if this will work on your box given the
    history, and I'd call them and that should do it, but this command can reup
    the activation period in Vista:

    In an elevated command prompt type: slmgr -rearm (Right click the command
    prompt shortcut in the start menu and run as admin.

    Chad Harris, Dec 25, 2006
  4. Eddie_Seattle

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Eddie,

    What version? The beta and RC downloads can be installed and activated on up
    to ten systems. Not so for the RTM distribution.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Dec 26, 2006
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