Help, lost my Vista product key!!!!

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  2. "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??try magic jelly bean
     
    try a progam called magic jelly, Jun 17, 2007
    #62
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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.

    "MICHAEL" wrote:

    > 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??

    >
     
    Russellfap, Jun 18, 2007
    #63
  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
    #64
  5. bgosper

    Alex T. Guest

    Vista product key

    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
    #65
  6. Re: Vista product key

    1. No. If it is the same computer then at worst you'll have to do a phone
    activation.

    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.

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    "Alex T." <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >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?
    >
    >
     
    Richard G. Harper, Jun 19, 2007
    #66
  7. "Alex T." <Alex > wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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?
    >


    Yes.

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    Do not send mail.
     
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jun 19, 2007
    #67
  8. bgosper

    Tyler Guest

    just reinstall your operating system and go back to the os that shiped with
    your px
     
    Tyler, Jun 20, 2007
    #68
  9. bgosper

    Help4680 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??
     
    Help4680, Jun 20, 2007
    #69
  10. bgosper

    Help4680 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??



    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
    DON'T CHECK VALIDATE WHEN ON LINE. tHE INSTALLATION should complete
    successfully.
    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
    to be I WILL NEVER DEAL WITH DELL AGAIN. bUT ONE MORE POINT FOR THIS TO WORK
    YOU HAVE TO choose THE INSTALL OPTION OF (clean install) WHEN ASKED. aFTER
    YOU GET YOUR pk AND START THE SECOND INSTALL THAN YOU Choose (Upgade Install)
    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
    #70
  11. bgosper

    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,
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931573, but supposedly that update does not
    apply to my system. Any suggestions?
     
    Joe Barbour, Jun 20, 2007
    #71
  12. "Joe Barbour" <Joe > wrote in message
    news:...
    >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,
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931573, but supposedly that update does
    > not
    > apply to my system. Any suggestions?


    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
    Do not send mail.
     
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jun 21, 2007
    #72
  13. bgosper

    Don Guest

    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM wrote:
    > "Joe Barbour" <Joe > wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> 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,
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931573, but supposedly that update
    >> does not
    >> apply to my system. Any suggestions?


    > 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.


    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
    #73
  14. bgosper

    Rock Guest

    "Joe Barbour" wrote
    >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,
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931573, but supposedly that update does
    > not
    > apply to my system. Any suggestions?


    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 [MS-MVP User/Shell]
     
    Rock, Jun 21, 2007
    #74
  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

    slui

    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
     
    WBurchnall, Jun 21, 2007
    #75
  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



    "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??
     
    Chris, Jun 21, 2007
    #76
  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)
    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/beta/




    "Chris" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >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
    >
    >
    >
    > "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??
     
    Dave, Jun 21, 2007
    #77
  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.

    "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??
     
    Christopher, Jun 25, 2007
    #78
  19. bgosper

    Alan T Guest

    Re: Vista product key

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

    "Richard G. Harper" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 1. No. If it is the same computer then at worst you'll have to do a

    phone
    > activation.
    >
    > 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]
    > * NEW! Catch my blog ... http://msmvps.com/blogs/rgharper/
    > * PLEASE post all messages and replies in the newsgroups
    > * The Website - http://rgharper.mvps.org/
    > * HELP us help YOU ... http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >
    >
    > "Alex T." <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >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?
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Alan T, Jul 9, 2007
    #79
  20. Re: Vista product key

    No, but it will after you reinstall.

    --
    Richard G. Harper [MVP Shell/User]
    * NEW! Catch my blog ... http://msmvps.com/blogs/rgharper/
    * PLEASE post all messages and replies in the newsgroups
    * The Website - http://rgharper.mvps.org/
    * HELP us help YOU ... http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


    "Alan T" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Are you saying Vista will connect to Microsoft to activate Vista whenever
    > it
    > is going to install?
    >
    > "Richard G. Harper" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> 1. No. If it is the same computer then at worst you'll have to do a

    > phone
    >> activation.
    >>
    >> 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]
    >> * NEW! Catch my blog ... http://msmvps.com/blogs/rgharper/
    >> * PLEASE post all messages and replies in the newsgroups
    >> * The Website - http://rgharper.mvps.org/
    >> * HELP us help YOU ... http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >>
    >>
    >> "Alex T." <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> >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?
    >> >
    >> >

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Richard G. Harper, Jul 9, 2007
    #80
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