Releasing Vista Product key from

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Arwen75, May 26, 2007.

  1. Arwen75

    Arwen75 Guest

    I have been running Vista on my laptop, but have recently rolled back to XP
    on that so I can install Vista on my new desktop. Any ideas how to release
    the product key from the laptop so I can use it on Vista. Unfortunately I
    rolled the laptop back to XP (using receovery disks) before I started to
    install Vista on desktop so have no way of recovering my original product key.
     
    Arwen75, May 26, 2007
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  2. What type of vista install did you do Upgrade or clean install? The product
    key should be on the DVD case. If you did an upgrade then you are going to
    need a copy of XP from which to upgrade. If you have a full retail copy (not
    an OEM which would be bound to your original laptop on not able to be
    installed on another pc) then all you need do is install vista onto the new
    pc. Activation will probably not be accepted online because the activation
    data would register that the key is still in use, so you would need to
    telephone the activation line to activate.

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    John Barnett MVP, May 26, 2007
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  3. Arwen75

    Rock Guest

    There is no releasing of the product key. If the copy of Vista you have is
    retail, then just install it on the new computer and if activate, either by
    internet or if needed by phone. If it is an OEM version it's tied by the
    license to the first computer on which it's installed, and can't be
    transferred to a different system.
     
    Rock, May 27, 2007
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  4. I reinstalled my computer this weekend. You will have to call Microsoft to
    re-activate your copy. No big deal, 5 minutes on the phone and you´re done.
     
    Arthur Bucione, May 27, 2007
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  5. Arwen75

    Jean-Max Guest

    Interesting problem, in case of frequently upgraded hardware components
    (on he SAME initial PC)...

    Questions :

    -(1)- After an Motherboard crash, what can we do ? :

    -> Can we reactivate Vista OEM by phone to Microsoft, and use a new
    replacement PC ? (because the emergency case : it's a crash)

    If no crash :

    -(2)- What are exactly the specific hardware info, used by VISTA to know if
    it's an new PC or only a modified one ?

    If we want to upgrade SOME hardware components after some months:
    With an OEM Vista version, what can we be able to change ?

    - MB : I think NO (Unique Serial number)
    - (MB bios version : I think YES because can be updated)
    - CPU : YES or NO ?(different model)
    - Graphic card : YES or NO ? (different model)
    - RAM : YES or NO ? (more, less, different)
    - Hard disk : YES or NO ? (more, less, different)
    - DVD Writer YES or NO ? (different model , new one more..)
    ....
    Last question:

    -(3)- On Vista, is it the same calculation system as on XP ? :

    Remember Microsoft XP page about activation (#)
    Unique numeric identification code calculated for the PC, on XP :
    This code is generated from numeric signatures of each of 10 main hardware
    PC components:

    Graphic card
    SCSI card
    IDE card
    MAC address of the new card (or chip)
    RAM quantity
    CPU type
    CPU Serial number
    HD volume
    HD Serial number
    CD DVD .. ( yes or no)

    The final unique numeric code, is 50 digits length
    Each hardware parameter has not the same value :
    etc..

    -> On Vista , is-it the same system ?

    Thanks for any idea, info and .. experiences :)

    Jean-Max

    Best regards from France
    (I apologise for my bad English language but school days are far away..)

    (#) Microsoft Reference Page :
    http://download.microsoft.com/downl...sProductActivationTechnicalMarketBulletin.doc
     
    Jean-Max, May 27, 2007
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  6. Arwen75

    Vigilante Guest

    That system is in its alpha stages yet and leaves a bad taste in any ones mouth.
    Initially all you get is requested to do a futile gesture of typing your key in numerous times for the same stupid error.
    After that you directed to a $59 new license key link from every choice available.
    Ultimately you have to call them and deal with someone telling you again to pay $10 for new license key.
    All of this in a foreign accent you cant understand giving you a key in an unknown dialect verbally you have to translate to your keyboard.
    I've seen better implementations from high school kids.

    Interesting problem, in case of frequently upgraded hardware components
    (on he SAME initial PC)...

    Questions :

    -(1)- After an Motherboard crash, what can we do ? :

    -> Can we reactivate Vista OEM by phone to Microsoft, and use a new
    replacement PC ? (because the emergency case : it's a crash)

    If no crash :

    -(2)- What are exactly the specific hardware info, used by VISTA to know if
    it's an new PC or only a modified one ?

    If we want to upgrade SOME hardware components after some months:
    With an OEM Vista version, what can we be able to change ?

    - MB : I think NO (Unique Serial number)
    - (MB bios version : I think YES because can be updated)
    - CPU : YES or NO ?(different model)
    - Graphic card : YES or NO ? (different model)
    - RAM : YES or NO ? (more, less, different)
    - Hard disk : YES or NO ? (more, less, different)
    - DVD Writer YES or NO ? (different model , new one more..)
    ....
    Last question:

    -(3)- On Vista, is it the same calculation system as on XP ? :

    Remember Microsoft XP page about activation (#)
    Unique numeric identification code calculated for the PC, on XP :
    This code is generated from numeric signatures of each of 10 main hardware
    PC components:

    Graphic card
    SCSI card
    IDE card
    MAC address of the new card (or chip)
    RAM quantity
    CPU type
    CPU Serial number
    HD volume
    HD Serial number
    CD DVD .. ( yes or no)

    The final unique numeric code, is 50 digits length
    Each hardware parameter has not the same value :
    etc..

    -> On Vista , is-it the same system ?

    Thanks for any idea, info and .. experiences :)

    Jean-Max

    Best regards from France
    (I apologise for my bad English language but school days are far away..)

    (#) Microsoft Reference Page :
    http://download.microsoft.com/downl...sProductActivationTechnicalMarketBulletin.doc
     
    Vigilante, May 27, 2007
    #6
  7. Arwen75

    Vigilante Guest

    What # was the 5 minute call? It took me over half an hour?

    I reinstalled my computer this weekend. You will have to call Microsoft to
    re-activate your copy. No big deal, 5 minutes on the phone and you´re done.
     
    Vigilante, May 27, 2007
    #7
  8. Arwen75

    Rock Guest

    The phone number depends on where you're calling from. Last time I had to
    phone in for activation on Vista it was 13 minutes from start to finish. It
    took a bit longer because automated phone activation didn't work, and I was
    transferred to a person. There weren't any delays along the way.
     
    Rock, May 28, 2007
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