Windows Vista Forums

windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

  1. #1
    angiesluck's Avatar

    Member
    Join Date : Mar 2011
    Manchester, England
    Posts : 114
    windows vista home premium 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk england

    windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    keep being asked for the product key. I installed the home premium on the vista basic laptop due to not having the disc to reinstall and it worked for a few weeks. My friend read out the product key she had but one of the letters which is a (/) will not go into it but she said that is what is printed. So now I am stuck as it will not allow me to use the forward slash so cannot do anything now....Any ideas please would be appreciated

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.   


  3. #2
    Brink's Avatar

    Administrator


    Join Date : Apr 2007
    Texas, USA
    Posts : 31,294
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)
    Local Time: 01:12 PM
    usa us oklahoma

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    Hello Angie,

    It sounds like that may not have the product key number. The product key number is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each.

    Product Key Number

    Is this a OEM or retail copy of Vista that you installed?

    You will not be able to use the product key number if your friend has it activated on her computer.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3
    The Howling Wolves's Avatar

    Senior Member

    Join Date : Jan 2009
    California
    Posts : 560
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
    Local Time: 11:12 AM
    usa us california

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    angie,
    Look at the bottom of your laptop and it should have activation key(product key) there.
    There is not back or forward slash in any activation keys that I have seen.
    On some software you have to put in a hyphen - but more often than not it makes - it for you.
    Post back if need more help..

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4
    kesume's Avatar

    Senior Member


    Join Date : Feb 2011
    Lake District, England
    Posts : 1,316
    vista Home Basic 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk yorkshire

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    Hi,
    On a good number of laptops I have noticed, to protect the product key from damage, it has been stuck to the inside face of the battery. Or within that enclosed space.
    Worth a try?

    Last edited by kesume; 30 Mar 2011 at 04:02 PM. Reason: typo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5
    angiesluck's Avatar

    Member
    Join Date : Mar 2011
    Manchester, England
    Posts : 114
    windows vista home premium 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk england

      Thread Starter

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    Hi, Guys

    My friend has put it on her daughters computer a while ago and it was fine but I think because it has been on her laptop for a while it has started to fade out and perhaps she has misread it to me but if thats the case then I will not be able to use it.....But there again if it is on another part of the laptop ie battery will I be able to use it thou if it is being used on another laptop....I tried the number on the base of my laptop but because it now has vista home premium installed the product key that I have will not associate with the vista home premium as my originally was vista home basic.......

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6
    angiesluck's Avatar

    Member
    Join Date : Mar 2011
    Manchester, England
    Posts : 114
    windows vista home premium 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk england

      Thread Starter

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    also how u mean is it OEM or retail? not sure what u mean....sorry

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7
    kesume's Avatar

    Senior Member


    Join Date : Feb 2011
    Lake District, England
    Posts : 1,316
    vista Home Basic 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk yorkshire

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    This should help:-
    Product Key Number

    As previously posted, by the man himself! LoL!

    Last edited by kesume; 30 Mar 2011 at 04:32 PM. Reason: text input
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8
    angiesluck's Avatar

    Member
    Join Date : Mar 2011
    Manchester, England
    Posts : 114
    windows vista home premium 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk england

      Thread Starter

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    Hey everyone......my friend found the product key written somewhere else on a pad she had written it on but could not find it until now....and it was a 7 not a slash so I retried it and HEY PRESTO it has worked......fabulous.....finally got laptop back.....Thanks once again for your responses guys

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #9
    kesume's Avatar

    Senior Member


    Join Date : Feb 2011
    Lake District, England
    Posts : 1,316
    vista Home Basic 32bit
    Local Time: 07:12 PM
    uk uk yorkshire

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    I'm pleased you managed to resolve thee problem.
    Happy Computing.
    kesume

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  11. #10
    americancritic's Avatar

    Senior Member



    Join Date : Nov 2010
    Arizona
    Posts : 1,543
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit Sp2
    Local Time: 12:12 PM
    usa us arizona

     

    Re: windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

    Hello and welcome.

    Vista's idea was to come up with the key for the following reason, so people could not install there software on a lot of computers without paying for it. In the past people would loan the software to there friends and others as well, with that being said when your friend installed it on her computer it has to be activated by either a phone call to microsoft or through the internet and lets say the vista that you had only had a license for 1 computer, so when your friend installed it on hers then microsoft would stop all others from downloading it into there computer. A lot of the vista that is sold at stores for home use come with a 3 home computer license. Look at the software and it will tell you. Each computer has it's own unique serial number etc in the system and when it does not match up to what microsoft has then it won't activate any except for the one.

    But please look at the vista disk it will tell you how many computers you can install it on. I hope this helps a liitle...

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

windows vista home premium product key you typed is invalid for activation
Similar Threads
Thread Forum
The Vista Home Premium Product Key you have entered is invalid for activation General Discussion
product key you typed is invalid for activation Vista General
Activation problem - The product key you typed is already in use. Vista General
home premuim product key is invalid for activation Vista General
Vista Home Premium Activation with OEM Product Key Vista installation & setup