Installing Vista again after uninstalling Vista to XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Phoenix_124, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. Phoenix_124

    Phoenix_124 Guest

    Hi,
    I have recently upgraded to Vista using an HP express upgrade disc and find
    it not as satisifing (yet) as I expected. So I want to revert back to XP
    using my XP recovery disc I created before I've upgraded and later during the
    months or years I would reinstall Vista when maybe SP2 comes out or
    something. So I was just wondering if when you install Vista again after
    unistalling Vista before to XP, will that product key (Vista) work? Please
    give me tips and detailed steps on how to sucessfully install Vista again
    after uninstalling Vista before to XP.
     
    Phoenix_124, Jun 17, 2007
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    Randy Guest

    yes, i've format my hard disk many times, i can use the same product key. but
    sometimes, system will give you a message, which said the product key is
    already in used, at that time, you could call ms activation center to help
    you to activate vista.


    :
     
    Randy, Jun 17, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    Install it just as you did the first time. The same copy of Vista can be
    installed and activated as many times as you want on the same computer. A
    retail version can be moved to a different computer if first uninstalled
    from the computer it's on. An OEM version, by the license, is tied to the
    first computer on which it's installed and can't be moved to a different
    computer.

    When reinstalling activation will either go through on the internet or
    you'll need to make a phone call to activate.
     
    Rock, Jun 17, 2007
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  4. It really shouldn't be necessary to use the HP Recovery disk, thereby
    necessitating the re-installation of all of your applications, as well.
    If you actually performed an upgrade, rather than a clean installation
    of Vista, you should be able to revert to WinXP:

    How to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you
    install Windows Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933168/en-us


    Yes, you should be able to re-use that Vista Upgrade Product Key at a
    later date. At worst, it might fail to activate via the Internet, and
    you'll have to make a 5 minute phone call.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 17, 2007
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  5. Phoenix_124

    Phoenix_124 Guest

    He He...
    Well I guess I ran out of luck for that. When I installed my Vista my
    brother helped me in setting up (though I have like 98% of more knowledge of
    Vista than him) and did a disk clean up. We found the Windows old files and
    deleted it :( because we believe it as no use... until now :D

    From the other replies I am told that I can install Vista again as much
    times as I want even though I unistalled it and reverted back to XP. However
    phone calls to Microsoft activation center may be required to activate my
    licence again. If this is true, can you give me the fee for the phone call
    and the phone number (if there is one). If possible can you give me a tip on
    what to do or what they will ask when I actually do call them. Thanks
     
    Phoenix_124, Jun 17, 2007
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  6. Nothing like 20-20 hindsight, is there? Sorry about that.

    The pertinent (to your locale) telephone number should be displayed for
    you automatically when you select Telephone Activation. However, just
    in case:


    Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/numbers.mspx


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    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
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    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand Russell
     
    Bruce Chambers, Jun 17, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    <snip>

    It's a straight forward process. Just input the numbers that are shown in
    the activation dialog box, and if you get transferred to a real person,
    answer just the questions asked. As Bruce said the phone number to call
    should be shown when you choose phone activation.
     
    Rock, Jun 17, 2007
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