If you purchase a new, retail copy, you will be able to use it to change the
PID associated with your copy of Vista. However, if it's not of the same
"type" as yours was originally (OEM, Retail, Volume License) you can't do a
simple change of the PID, you'll have to insert the DVD and run an upgrade.
Given what you're seeing, I strongly suspect that will be required.
Charlie. http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64 http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
"pjugovich" <pjugovich@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I don't have a sticker on my computer or a CD to show me the numbers to
> activate. I believe it would be a waste of time calling MS since I don't
> have this information or do they go off of other information that I might
> What will happen if I just purchase a new copy and use that as the active
> when asked to activate or do I have to reinstall Vista?
> "Brink" wrote:
>> pjugovich;704280 Wrote:
>> > I am not sure if I have been scammed by the seller of my computer or if
>> > I
>> > have some other issues that are causing my validation to be required.
>> > In one place it says that I may be a victim of software counterfeiting.
>> > When I chose to go online and resolve it will not validate. In the
>> > other
>> > place it says to activate windows now.
>> > I purchased the computer in November 2007 and haven't had any problems
>> > until
>> > this month. Is it a coincedence that it has been 6 months? Today is my
>> > last
>> > day to activate and would like to know the best steps to take to
>> > resolve this
>> > issue.
>> Hi Pjugovich,
>> Have you tried doing a phone activation to see if you can get you copy
>> of Vista activated that way yet? This tutorial will show you how to if
>> Activate Vista by Phone
>> Hope this helps,
>> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
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