Help, lost my Vista product key!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by bgosper, May 7, 2007.

  1. bgosper

    drumr35 Guest

    "bgosper" wrote:

    > I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    > received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    > thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    > install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    > am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    > I have to buy a new full edition??
     
    drumr35, Jun 1, 2007
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  2. bgosper

    Justin Guest

    "drumr35" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > "bgosper" wrote:
    >
    >> I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came
    >> out. I
    >> received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it
    >> got
    >> thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done
    >> the
    >> install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    >> can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell
    >> says I
    >> am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one?
    >> Do
    >> I have to buy a new full edition??


    The key was on a sticker on the piece of cardboard.

    "If kit is missing any of the following items please go to
    www.DellVistaUpgrade.com; look under contact us for your appropriate
    regional contact, or email:



    (1) MS DVD
    (1) Dell Assistant DVD
    (1) Vista Quick Guide
    (1) Upgrade Tech Sheet
    (1) Certificate of Authenticity
     
    Justin, Jun 1, 2007
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  3. bgosper

    Dot W. Guest

    Sharon, I write the product key with fine-tip marker directly on the CD,
    staying as close as feasible to the center hole. That way, it's not possible
    for the key and the CD to be separated.

    "Sharon T" wrote:

    > Paste the product key sticker onto your PC tower, so you can easily access
    > it.
     
    Dot W., Jun 3, 2007
    #43
  4. bgosper

    d2f2 Guest

    "I think you should goto google.co and look for win vista key, you will find
    a lot of options..
     
    d2f2, Jun 3, 2007
    #44
  5. bgosper

    GQ1MENT Guest

    I NEED HELP, VISTA HAS ME LOCKED OUT

    SCan some one help me? My father purchased windows vista for his laptop. I
    also used the same one to istall on mine with Product Key. It seems after
    the 30 days it asked me to enter it again but it stating it is already in
    use. It tells me i have to purchase another key. Of course this is
    something I dont want to do, but is there some way it can be reverted back to
    my XP operating system b/c I dont want to loose all this information on my
    labtop. Can someone please help me. THanks in advance!!!!
     
    GQ1MENT, Jun 3, 2007
    #45
  6. bgosper

    Jane C Guest

    Re: I NEED HELP, VISTA HAS ME LOCKED OUT

    You have 3 choices.
    1. Buy your own Product Key.
    2. Back up all of your data to CD/DVD or an external hard drive. Clean
    install XP.
    3. If you upgraded from XP to Vista, and have not deleted any of the old
    folders:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933168

    --
    Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    MVP Windows Shell/User

    "GQ1MENT" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > SCan some one help me? My father purchased windows vista for his laptop.
    > I
    > also used the same one to istall on mine with Product Key. It seems after
    > the 30 days it asked me to enter it again but it stating it is already in
    > use. It tells me i have to purchase another key. Of course this is
    > something I dont want to do, but is there some way it can be reverted back
    > to
    > my XP operating system b/c I dont want to loose all this information on my
    > labtop. Can someone please help me. THanks in advance!!!!
     
    Jane C, Jun 3, 2007
    #46
  7. bgosper

    Neilhaslam90 Guest

    HI,

    In your bill you will have a lot of information, and yes if you speak to
    dell and stay on track that you want your keys they will give it to you.
    contact customerservices
    i'm an ex employee and i my self got these calls

    Thanks

    "bgosper" wrote:

    > I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    > received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    > thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    > install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    > am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    > I have to buy a new full edition??
     
    Neilhaslam90, Jun 4, 2007
    #47
  8. bgosper

    AMLAN Guest

    I JUST GOT A 32 BIT VISTA HOME PREMIER ANYTIME UPGRADE CD WITH MY NEW
    COMPAQ LAPTOP.BUT I DIDN'T HAD A KEY.THE LAPTOP IS COMPELETELY USELESS
    ..PLEASE DO HELP ME.
    "bgosper" wrote:

    > I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    > received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    > thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    > install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    > am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    > I have to buy a new full edition??
     
    AMLAN, Jun 5, 2007
    #48
  9. bgosper

    huwyngr Guest

    Complain to Compaq -- hope you didn't throw away all the packaging.
     
    huwyngr, Jun 6, 2007
    #49
  10. bgosper

    Nicole & Tom Guest

    bgosper wrote:
    > I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    > received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    > thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    > install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    > am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    > I have to buy a new full edition??
    >
    >
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    Nicole & Tom, Jun 6, 2007
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  11. bgosper

    Rock Guest

    "AMLAN" wrote
    >
    > I JUST GOT A 32 BIT VISTA HOME PREMIER ANYTIME UPGRADE CD WITH MY NEW
    > COMPAQ LAPTOP.BUT I DIDN'T HAD A KEY.THE LAPTOP IS COMPELETELY USELESS
    > .PLEASE DO HELP ME.


    Contact whomever you got it from. Also please don't post in all Caps. It's
    hard to read and considered rude and shouting.

    --
    Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]
     
    Rock, Jun 6, 2007
    #51
  12. bgosper

    Rock Guest

    "Nicole & Tom" wrote
    > bgosper wrote:
    >> I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came
    >> out. I received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key
    >> or it got thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I
    >> have done the install but now am stuck because it wants the product key
    >> to continue. I can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do
    >> I do?? Dell says I am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do
    >> I get another one? Do I have to buy a new full edition??


    Yeah right, recommend a software crack.

    --
    Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]
     
    Rock, Jun 6, 2007
    #52
  13. bgosper

    Nina DiBoy Guest

    Rock wrote:
    >
    > recommend a software crack.
    >


    Well, OK Rock, but only if you insist. You are a very knowledgeable MVP
    after all.

    --
    Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html

    Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    "Spoken like a true NixTurd (oops, NixTard)."

    "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    - T. S. Eliot
     
    Nina DiBoy, Jun 6, 2007
    #53
  14. bgosper

    Dave Guest

    pretty disingenuous snipping there...


    "Nina DiBoy" <> wrote in message news:f46sg9$b16$...
    > Rock wrote:
    >>
    >> recommend a software crack.
    >>

    >
    > Well, OK Rock, but only if you insist. You are a very knowledgeable MVP
    > after all.
    >
    > --
    > Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    > http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html
    >
    > Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    > "Spoken like a true NixTurd (oops, NixTard)."
    >
    > "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    > - T. S. Eliot
     
    Dave, Jun 6, 2007
    #54
  15. bgosper

    Nina DiBoy Guest

    Dave wrote:
    > pretty disingenuous snipping there...
    >
    >
    > "Nina DiBoy" <> wrote in message news:f46sg9$b16$...
    >> Rock wrote:
    >>>
    >>> recommend a software crack.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Well, OK Rock, but only if you insist. You are a very knowledgeable
    >> MVP after all.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    >> http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html
    >>
    >> Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    >> "Spoken like a true NixTurd (oops, NixTard)."
    >>
    >> "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    >> - T. S. Eliot


    (in my best elvis impersonation...)
    Thank you...Thank you very much! :)

    --
    Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html

    Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    "Spoken like a true NixTurd (oops, NixTard)."

    "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    - T. S. Eliot
     
    Nina DiBoy, Jun 6, 2007
    #55
  16. bgosper

    Quilnux Guest

    I would contact Dell again and ask the rep if they can pull up the date and
    time the OEM COA was scanned into their system. This will confirm that it
    made it to the box as scanning the COA is the last thing that OEM's do before
    it hits the box. If they can give you the date and time then it was in the
    for sure. I used to work for Systemax, a US PC manufacturer in their Tech
    Support Dept and we would use this system to verify a COA was included.
    Unless things have changed with Vista OEM COA's and I don't know about it,
    OEM's have to scan the COA to pre-activate it in Microsofts system. Again I
    was not working there when Vista came out so it may be different but that's
    how it was for us with Windows XP.

    "Chad Harris" wrote:

    > The PK isn't on the DVD that's true whether it's OEM as in this case or
    > whether it were MSFT retail. But the Part Numbers are. And in this case he
    > didn't just buy a retail DVD; he paid considerable money to Dell for a PC.
    > He needs to hammer Dell; it's not the first or the last time Dell has either
    > misdirected a shipment (I saw that last week on a top of the line XPS) or
    > left something out of a shipment. They can make it right. If the story is
    > true, he shouldn't have to "purchase" anything. Dell should be apologizing
    > for what they left out of the shipment.
    >
    > CH
    >
    >
    > "Jupiter Jones [MVP]" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > The Product Key is not on the CD in any form.
    > > The only record to on the wrapper you threw out.
    > > If Dell can not help, you may need to purchase another if you want Vista.
    > >
    > > A very slight chance:
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326246
    > > But I doubt it since it is OEM.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Jupiter Jones [MVP]
    > > http://www3.telus.net/dandemar
    > > http://www.dts-l.org
    > >
    > >
    > > "bgosper" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >>I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out.
    > >>I
    > >> received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it
    > >> got
    > >> thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done
    > >> the
    > >> install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > >> can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell
    > >> says I
    > >> am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one?
    > >> Do
    > >> I have to buy a new full edition??

    > >

    >
    >
     
    Quilnux, Jun 7, 2007
    #56
  17. bgosper

    Dr Murmu Guest

    Try Installing without product key.Vista gets installed for two days till
    activated.Be sure to install the correct version recommended for your
    PC.Usally the basic vista dvd is same for all versions.

    "bgosper" wrote:

    > I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    > received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    > thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    > install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    > am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    > I have to buy a new full edition??
     
    Dr Murmu, Jun 8, 2007
    #57
  18. bgosper

    MICHAEL Guest

    If you install Vista without a product key, a user has
    30 days till activation. Which can be extended 3 times
    using "slmgr- rearm" in an elevated command prompt,
    for a total of 120 days.


    -Michael

    * Dr Murmu:
    > Try Installing without product key.Vista gets installed for two days till
    > activated.Be sure to install the correct version recommended for your
    > PC.Usally the basic vista dvd is same for all versions.
    >
    > "bgosper" wrote:
    >
    >> I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out. I
    >> received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it got
    >> thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done the
    >> install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    >> can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell says I
    >> am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one? Do
    >> I have to buy a new full edition??
     
    MICHAEL, Jun 8, 2007
    #58
  19. bgosper

    Angela Smith Guest

    "Chad Harris" wrote:

    > Richard--
    >
    > Dell has elected to show some responsibility with Vista and PC Sales.
    > Unlike the other OEM Named partners who succumb to MSFT's pushes not to ship
    > a DVD, Dell ships a DVD:
    >
    > He has the way to make this good.
    >
    > What MSFT's OEM VP Scott DiValerio (Accountant not Software Engineer
    > Doesn't Want to See)
    > http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2006/10/17/3132.aspx
    >
    > CH
    >
    >
    > "Richard in AZ" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >
    > > "bgosper" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >>I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out.
    > >>I
    > >> received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it
    > >> got
    > >> thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done
    > >> the
    > >> install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > >> can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell
    > >> says I
    > >> am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one?
    > >> Do
    > >> I have to buy a new full edition??

    > >
    > > If you did not get the XP restore disk, there should be access to the XP
    > > restore via a hidden partition on the hard drive. Check your owners
    > > manual on how to access it.
    > > As others will tell you, you have to learn to keep track of the Product
    > > code that comes with the disk. A hard lesson, but now you will know
    > > better.
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Angela Smith, Jun 14, 2007
    #59
  20. bgosper

    Angela Smith Guest

    Having read the info., here, I went to check on the CD's that were recently
    delivered with my new Dell pc. On the back of the CD that came with the
    Vista Operating system there was a note (in blue lettering) that said that
    the Microsoft operating system Certificate of Authenticity (COA) IS A
    MULTICOLORED LABEL LOCATED ON THE SIDE OR BOTTOM OF YOUR COMPUTER. The COA
    CONTAINS THE PRODUCT KEY CODE, WHICH MIGHT BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE
    OPERATING SYSTEM SETUP.

    I checked my pc and the mutlicolored label was stuck on the top of the CPU.
    I'm most grateful to you all for your posts. If I had not read this, I
    might have thought it was another pesky label and removed it without
    realizing it's value!

    The label is made up of light blue, pink and green. Hope this helps!



    "Chad Harris" wrote:

    > Richard--
    >
    > Dell has elected to show some responsibility with Vista and PC Sales.
    > Unlike the other OEM Named partners who succumb to MSFT's pushes not to ship
    > a DVD, Dell ships a DVD:
    >
    > He has the way to make this good.
    >
    > What MSFT's OEM VP Scott DiValerio (Accountant not Software Engineer
    > Doesn't Want to See)
    > http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2006/10/17/3132.aspx
    >
    > CH
    >
    >
    > "Richard in AZ" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >
    > > "bgosper" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >>I BOUGHT A DELL pc. It came with a free upgrade to Vista when it came out.
    > >>I
    > >> received the upgrade pack from Dell but there was no product key or it
    > >> got
    > >> thrown out--it came shrink wrapped on a piece of cardboard!! I have done
    > >> the
    > >> install but now am stuck because it wants the product key to continue. I
    > >> can't reverse it so the PC is basically useless. What do I do?? Dell
    > >> says I
    > >> am screwed basically. Can I get it back? If not how do I get another one?
    > >> Do
    > >> I have to buy a new full edition??

    > >
    > > If you did not get the XP restore disk, there should be access to the XP
    > > restore via a hidden partition on the hard drive. Check your owners
    > > manual on how to access it.
    > > As others will tell you, you have to learn to keep track of the Product
    > > code that comes with the disk. A hard lesson, but now you will know
    > > better.
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Angela Smith, Jun 14, 2007
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