Help, lost my Vista product key!!!!

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

  1. On Thu, 14 Jun 2007 10:13:01 -0700, Angela Smith <Angela
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  3. bgosper

    Russellfap Guest

    This rearm feature I read does not work. There are ways to get the product
    key if you have the COA, it has two codes, one code of about 8 digits, which
    distinguishes the batch and the product code...can anyone tell us if the
    original poster actually resolved their situation.
    Russellfap, Jun 18, 2007
  4. bgosper

    Alex T. Guest

    Hey guys,

    I upgraded to Vista on my laptop and the hard drive crashed. I purchased a
    new hard drive and its coming through the mail as we speak. Will microsoft
    allow me to re-activate my Vista without charging me?
    Alex T., Jun 19, 2007
  5. bgosper

    Alex T. Guest

    I kinda of have two questions.

    One, I am re-installing Vista on a computer after the hard drive crashed and
    I bought a new hard drive (really bought 2 hard drives because running Raid 0
    on a laptop with 2 hard drive slots {Sager NP8790}). Will Microsoft charge
    me to re-activate Vista on the same laptop?

    Two, Can I use the same DVD disk to load Vista on my desktop if I buy a new
    product key online?
    Alex T., Jun 19, 2007
  6. 1. No. If it is the same computer then at worst you'll have to do a phone

    2. Yes. If it is a retail copy, there is no difference between discs, the
    key is the determining factor. If it's an OEM disc all bets are off.

    Richard G. Harper [MVP Shell/User]
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    Richard G. Harper, Jun 19, 2007
  7. Yes.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jun 19, 2007
  8. bgosper

    Tyler Guest

    just reinstall your operating system and go back to the os that shiped with
    your px
    Tyler, Jun 20, 2007
  9. bgosper

    Help4680 Guest

    Help4680, Jun 20, 2007
  10. bgosper

    Help4680 Guest

    I think I can help. First you start the install of your Vista Upgrade when
    it gets to the enter PK. DON'T ENTER IT . iT LETS YOU DO THAT AND ALSO
    After you boot up and the system is running you can try 2 things. One is
    use the Belarc Advisor software and see if itt tells you your PK.
    If it doesn't what you will have to do, is talk to some smart people and do
    some google searches ETC. and find out where in the Registery the PK is
    listed . I know it's in there some where because I've seen it several
    different times. Ask some Computer repair people ETC. Open the registry
    editor to look up the key and write it down. Than just reinstall Vista
    again. and enter the new found key. I know this will work because I
    installed 2 versions of Vista with out entering a key on the first install.
    You can run Vista for 30 days without activating it which mes you don't have
    to enter your PK like I explained earlier.

    Good Luck, I known you'll get out of this problem. Also I've bought 4 PC's
    from DEll including a new Vista machine in DEc. and Dell is not what it use
    With Vista you can upgrade from your first (clean install) of The same Vista
    CD as the first install. I know cause I've done it twice.

    Daniel Allen
    Help4680, Jun 20, 2007
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    Joe Barbour Guest

    I flashed the BIOS on my motherboard and now Vista won't let me activate with
    my key now. It tells me my key is already in use. I am currently in the
    military deployed overseas and it's really quite difficult to contact MS over
    the phone and apparently I have to pay $50 or so to ask a question to MS
    support because I originally activated more than 90 days ago. So I was
    looking for any other options. I also tried this MS update,, but supposedly that update does not
    apply to my system. Any suggestions?
    Joe Barbour, Jun 20, 2007
  12. When you tell it you want to activate by phone it gives you an 800 (free)
    number to call if you're in the US or Canada.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jun 21, 2007
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    Don Guest

    Joe is overseas, and I have no idea if that number will do him
    any good where he is. I've never needed to reactive my Vista
    so I don't know if someone in North America could do the necessary
    telephone transaction on Joe's behalf. Is that a possibility?
    Don, Jun 21, 2007
  14. bgosper

    Rock Guest

    It is in use, Joe, you used it once. I don't see anyway around phone
    activation. Sorry I don't have any better news for you. Maybe someone else
    will jump in with something to help you. Good luck.
    Rock, Jun 21, 2007
  15. bgosper

    WBurchnall Guest

    Joe, anyone of us can activate it for you if we are nice and have the
    minutes to spare to help a fellow human being =)

    Basically, you type in the following in your start search


    Wait for the activation wizard to come up, choose Canada or US
    depending on whose helping you

    Write the installation ID down. All 40 digits. PM either me or anoteh
    forum member with your installation id plus canada/usa activatio
    number. We call them, give them the installation id, say we reinstalle
    due to ___ software problems ___. We say Its only installed on on
    computer. We say we bought it retail

    Result, Microsoft CSR gives us installation id. We give installation i
    to you via pm. all 40 digits

    Now here is the trick. The hard part. If you close the slui 4 wizar
    and reopen it. The installation Id changes. So you'd have to keep th
    slui 4 wizard open until you heard back from the person you pm'ed wit
    the installion id. You could also email a friend in the us and ask the
    to call. You'd have to keep slui 4 open till you received a pm back

    If you want, pm me and I'll give you msn address and I can do it i
    real-time for you in 5 minutes or so
    WBurchnall, Jun 21, 2007
  16. bgosper

    Chris Guest

    I BOUGHT A TOSHIBA, the same thing happened to me except i kept my
    wrapping,box,packing,recipt,an those foamy things that keep your computer
    secure in the box. There is no product key on any of them. there is a disc
    that says upgrade your windows vista experience/windows anytime upgrade. see
    this is kind of false advertisement for windows to make a buck off you. One
    it didnt upgrade my windows experience it closed the window on my fingers
    ouch. Two,yes u can upgrade anytime but u must have the write tools to do
    such as a computer that is able to access windows home page o yeah once i put
    that disc in my computer it stoped working which it shouldnt because it was
    only 2 days old. I bet windows has the answer,"you should have read the fine
    print writing in the bottom left".They used .030 size font so u could see it
    ,it says this software is not licensed without purchase of separtate digital
    license. Well iam glad they didnt advertise user friendly or i would have
    called a lawer haha. hey windows how about just putting a piece of paper in
    there next time that says if u want an upgrade visit our webpage an BUY ONE.

    thanks your happy customer

    SPC peaster
    Chris, Jun 21, 2007
  17. bgosper

    Dave Guest

    Just what is your problem?
    If your new computer isn't working, take it back.
    If you need your key, it should be on a sticker on the side of a desktop
    case, or on the bottom of a laptop.

    Or, if your computer is working, you can download a program here to find it
    for you (32-bit only)
    Dave, Jun 21, 2007
  18. bgosper

    Christopher Guest

    If you purchased a Dell, the product ID should be located on a sticker,

    Desktop: Placed on the top toward the front of your Tower, or the
    upper-right hand side of the right panel.

    Laptop: usually on the bottom.
    Christopher, Jun 25, 2007
  19. bgosper

    Alan T Guest

    Are you saying Vista will connect to Microsoft to activate Vista whenever it
    is going to install?

    Alan T, Jul 9, 2007
  20. No, but it will after you reinstall.

    Richard G. Harper [MVP Shell/User]
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    Richard G. Harper, Jul 9, 2007
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