Open the Start Menu.
In the white line (Start Search) area, type slui.exe 4
and press Enter
Select your nearest location and click on the Next
button. (See screenshot below)
Click on Continue
in the UAC prompt.
A local phone number should apear with a set of numbers generated by Windows and displayed on your screen under Step 2:
. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: There will be sets of numbers under the 1 to 9. I just removed them here for obvious reasons
Call the activation phone number selected.
At first, the activation line will be automated, so you will be asked to enter or speak the numbers (Step 2 in screenshot below step 10) displayed on your screen into the phone.
8. If Automated Service is Successful
NOTE: Usually this is not always successful
A) The automated service will issue you a set of Confirmation ID numbers.9. If Automated Service is Unsuccessful
NOTE: Have a pen and paper handy to write these numbers down.
B) Go to step 10.
A) If the activation service informs you that it was unsuccessful and cannot help you with activation, then STAY ON THE LINE and your call will be transferred to an activation operator who will assist you in activating your copy of Vista. The operator will give you the set of Confirmation ID numbers if they agree your copy of Vista is legitimate.10.
NOTE: Just explain to the operator your situation and what you did to require activation. (EX: hardware upgrade, installed Vista on a new computer after uninstalling it from the old one, etc...)
Type in the set of Confirmarion ID numbers given to you into the Step 3:
area to be able to activate Vista. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You will get these numbers from the phone automated system or operator after they have confirmed the numbers you gave them in step 7 above
NOTE: The numbers in Step 2 of this screenshot will be there for you to use in step 5 above. I have just cleared them from this screenshot for obvious reasons. 11.
When you get the Activation was successful
window, click on Close
to finish. (See screenshot below)