"amo911" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi, I got a message two days ago saying that my licence was due to
> expire on Vista Ultimate.
> Now I cant access my control panel or print.
> What do I need to do?, can I buy an upgrade Home Premium / Ultimate?
> Do I need to buy a full OEM version?
> Can I just buy a key?, if so how can I insert it now that the c/panel
> dont work?
Licenses don't expire if you bought a real copy of Windows Vista and
If you are running a beta/pre-release version then you need to go buy a full
new versions and install it and activate it.
If you have just not activated your copy then just do that - activate it.
Even in reduced functionality mode, due to you letting the grace period for
activation expire you can still activate it. Just look at the properties of
Computer, or the activation icon may be in the system tray etc.
If you are actually running pirated/stolen software - by virtue of you just
installing Windows Vista without even having a license, then you need to go
out and buy a full copy of the version of the software you want to continue
to run - sound like Windows Ultimate. Since you are running a pirated copy
you need to buy a full version as obviously you are not entitled to upgrade
from a stolen copy. You can buy either OEM or retail. Then just reinstall.
You may be able to do an "upgrade install" thus keeping all your apps and
settings - but backup your system first, just in case.