De-Activation and Re-Activation on the same computer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Noel, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Noel

    Noel Guest

    Hello, I put together a new machine and decided to put Vista on it; anyway
    the raid drivers were a littel flaky and my drives corrupted. I had to
    recreate the array.

    I wasn't able to reactivate, the internet activation failed, even though
    there were no changes to the machine (except the raid volume was recreated);
    using the phone system worked.

    To avoid this in the future (ie what if my drives fail and I have to
    reinstall) how do I
    "De-Activate" Vista?
    Noel, Aug 25, 2007
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  2. Noel

    Saucy Guest

    You don't. If online activation does not go through then use the phone
    number - you probably will have to speak to a representative. Tell them you
    clean re-installed on the same computer. They should approve it and give you
    the numbers.

    Saucy, Aug 25, 2007
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  3. Noel

    There is no "de-activation".

    The way activation works is that when you activate with a particular product
    key, that information is kept in the activation servers at Microsoft. The
    activation information is reset on the activation servers every 120 days. If
    you activate again before 120 days has passed, the automatic internet
    activation will fail and you will be required to use the telephone to
    re-activate. If it has been more than 120 days, the automatic internet
    activation will work.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Aug 25, 2007
  4. Noel

    Joannie Guest

    Hi noel,
    I have a question for you. I installed vista from a copy cd and now I now
    they want me to set the activation I have 7 days to do that this copy is on
    another computer in the house that was installed when bought.
    The question is what if I don't activate what will happen then to the
    computer it is originally on. and will vista stop working on my machine.
    Joannie, Aug 26, 2007
  5. Joannie

    You will not be able to activate your machine because the producty key was
    used on the other machine. The computer you installed the copy on will stop
    working in 7 days. This will not effect the original computer where Vista is
    installed and activated.

    You can purchase another license for Vista and use that license to activate
    the computer where the copy is installed.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Aug 26, 2007
  6. Noel

    Joannie Guest

    thank you for your reply what do you mean by it will stop running
    completely,I ordered a xp sp2 and I did a back up of my files so if I install
    xp what I had before
    am I going to have a problem running my computer it won't end up crashing or
    anything like that will it.
    I heard if I do that vista will taken off and my xp will be ok. if wrong I
    will have to buy a activation # or I can't do that either.
    thanks again Ronnie
    Joannie, Aug 26, 2007
  7. Noel

    Brian W Guest

    Has anyone ever confirmed that the activation server resets after 120 days??
    Thanks in advance
    Brian W, Aug 26, 2007
  8. Brian

    I haven't seen any definitive study about this, but just from my own
    experience this does seem to be true. We haven't seen much in the way of
    documentation on changes with WPA in Vista like we had when XP was first
    released and we saw the Licenturion documentation.

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    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Aug 26, 2007
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