Last edited by Brink; 30 Apr 2009 at 09:17 AM.
This tutorial will show you how to, but I would backup anything you do not want to lose just to be safe.
System Restore - How to
I am unable to get out of reduced functionality mode neither command prompt is showing nor the desktop.
Earlier IE was working but now its also not workng I am having dual boot system with Windows 7 and vista
Are you able to click on Activate Now to activate Vista with your product key number?
Earlier when I used to log on it shows 3 options
1. Activate online
2. reduced functionality mode
3. type product key
when I tried to type my product key which I have, it showed me message that this has been expired type different key. then showed me options:
1. ??? (Not remembering)
2. Activate online
3. Remind Later
Then I clicked remind later, then system restarted and now it showing me 3 options:
1. phone activation
2. reduced functionality mode
3. type different product key
Earlier IE was working in reduced functionality mode but its not working now. page expired message is coming. I am using vista since 2009 september.
Is this a store bought computer that came with Vista preinstalled, or one that you installed a retail copy of Vista on?
If you installed, where did you get your copy of Vista from?
For now, see if you may be able to do a phone activation with an operator.
Yes this a store bought computer that came with Vista preinstalled.
Do you still want me to do phone activation??? or is there still any hope left??
With this type of system, you will need to use the product key number on the COA sticker to activate online/phone if it didn't automatically activate when doing a OEM factory recovery/restore.
Product Key Number
Hi there, I am having the same problem as well after I made a restoration using the recovery system. I am left with three choices: 1. Reduced Functionality 2. Type a different product key 3. Contact Acer
I tried finding solutions through the net and none of the methods work. To find acer will be my last choice because they told me I will be charged 50 bucks just to bring the laptop in which I refused to pay because this is clearly not a service.
The Product Key at the back of my panel is valid/genuine, but somehow the system said it is an invalid product key. I think I have this problem before when I made restoration using the recovery system but this is the first time I am being blacked out to reduce functionality windows.
The 25 product key of mine doesn't have any OEM in the 25 letters though, as from what I saw on other forums an OEM product Key will have OEM in between the 25 letters.
I have no problems re-activate my windows vista usually and this is the first time I am unable to activate it, any suggestion?
Hello Noel, and welcome to Vista Forums.
Is this the SLP key number that your preinstalled Vista came actived with, or the key number on the COA sticker on your computer?
The SLP number is a OEM volume license number that the OEM uses to activate all the same model computers with, and can only be activated with if you do a factory recovery/restore.
The COA number, is the unique product key number for your specific Vista and computer. If you install Vista using any other method than with a factory recovery/restore, then you would have to use the COA number to activate Vista with. If this is what you are using, then double check to make sure that you have the correct number on the COA sticker and that you have type it in correctly. It's not hard to make a mistake with it.
Product Key Number
Hope this may help some for now,
I made a recovery/restore using the acer recovery mode to make it back to factory default settings.
According to your product key article, if this windows is under OEM license it should be a 25 characters which will have OEM in between, however the sticker on the back panel of my laptop doesn't have any OEM in between. Is it a retail version? I doubt so.
However the product ID that is on displayed in my system panel have an OEM, but I don't think the letter O and E is valid in the product key as it can't be type so there shouldn't be any OEM in between the product key? It's a 20 character including an OEM in between for the product ID that is on displayed in my system.
The sticker behind my laptop stated its a Windows Vista HmPRem OA (EM)-(SEA) Acer Incorporated.
Is there any chance that I can use the SIW System Information for Windows in the reduce functionality windows mode? I always get the not enough quota error. I can't seems to do anything as for now.
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