"RainbowShooter" <RainbowShooter@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hello, I recently purchased vista ultimate OEM for a new system, I
> it with Microsoft or at least I thought I had.
> Today I then noticed a message in the system properties saying: "3 days
> until automation activation. Activate windows now"
> So I clicked activate now to get it done with but it's saying that the key
> is already in use, anyone got any ideas or tips?
...in addition to the "party line" advise you've received so far, and what
they won't tell you, is you'd better keep that phone activation number handy
as you're likely to need it more than just this once. There's a pretty good
chance you may need it every month. Just scan this ng for posts from people
who have had to "reactivate" just because they downloaded a device driver
using Microsoft's own Automatic Updates, which ended up rendering their
machines de-activated. Your PC and all your data is then held hostage by
Microsoft until you to prove that you are not a thief. Now repeat this
scenario over and over and over again . Get used to it.