Releasing a Vista license

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by a_guy_and_a_dog, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. I have a laptop with Vista Business installed. I need to reformat the drive
    and install Win XP on that machine. I would like to release the Vista license
    prior to reformatting it and use it on a different computer. It is a volume
    license and has a MAK.

    Is there a way to do this? I just don't want to burn a license when I
    reformat the one machine.

    Thanks
     
    a_guy_and_a_dog, Oct 22, 2007
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  2. a_guy_and_a_dog

    joel406 Guest

    Just take your vista disk and the product key from the green sticker on
    the side of your computers case(or from the package)and install vista on
    the new computer.

    You will have to activate vista by phone.

    Thats it.
     
    joel406, Oct 22, 2007
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  3. Since it is a Volume License, you need to talk to the IT department of
    your organization.
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 22, 2007
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  4. That does not apply to Volume License.
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 23, 2007
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  5. Why do you keep acting like you work for Microsoft when you clearly
    don't?
     
    Adam Albright, Oct 23, 2007
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  6. "Whenever an operating system is reinstalled, the computer
    will have to be reactivated and thus, if you are using MAK,
    it will count against the total number of activations.
    Additional activations are available by calling the
    Product Activation Call Center."

    Ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb335291.aspx

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

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    :

    I have a laptop with Vista Business installed. I need to reformat the drive
    and install Win XP on that machine. I would like to release the Vista license
    prior to reformatting it and use it on a different computer. It is a volume
    license and has a MAK.

    Is there a way to do this? I just don't want to burn a license when I
    reformat the one machine.

    Thanks
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Oct 23, 2007
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  7. a_guy_and_a_dog

    Frank Guest

    Why do you keep acting like a big mouth idiot?
    Oh...cause you are?
    Figures.
    Frank
     
    Frank, Oct 23, 2007
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  8. I am the IT manager. Thanks though.



     
    a_guy_and_a_dog, Oct 23, 2007
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  9. Thanks Carey. That is what I was afraid of. I was really hoping that there
    was some kind of "self serve" method where you could release and re-use a
    license. It seems kind of silly to me that there isn't. Anyhow, I apreciate
    your answer and will have to contact Misrosoft to reclaim that license.

    Thanks,

    Mike Smith
    MCSE/CCNP
     
    a_guy_and_a_dog, Oct 23, 2007
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