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For Sale: Vista Home

  1. #1


    Fred Guest

    For Sale: Vista Home

    I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I need
    that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My Home edition
    is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or will the software
    see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?

    Thanks,
    tangot2@mail.com


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  3. #2


    Mike Brannigan Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    "Fred" <tangot2@mail.com> wrote in message
    news:4CEFF0B1-E186-4CD3-B2BD-406DB0FD3892@microsoft.com...
    >I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    >need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My Home
    >edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or will the
    >software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > tangot2@mail.com


    You can sell the hard drive - but if you actually mean can you sell the hard
    drive AND the Windows Vista software - then yes you can as long as you
    provide everything that came with the product (including Original DVD and
    Product Activation Key on its original sticker or card.).
    The purchaser must also be aware that this has been used and activated and
    that they will need to activate by telephone and explain to the rep that
    this was on another PC but has now been moved to theirs.

    --

    Mike Brannigan


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  4. #3


    GE Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    Goto control panel, Upgrade anytime and upgrade to Ultimate.


    "Mike Brannigan" <Mike.Brannigan@localhost> wrote in message
    news:64469517-45B9-4BAE-85D7-F3B68E81A3DD@microsoft.com...
    > "Fred" <tangot2@mail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4CEFF0B1-E186-4CD3-B2BD-406DB0FD3892@microsoft.com...
    >>I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >>failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    >>need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My Home
    >>edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or will the
    >>software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> tangot2@mail.com

    >
    > You can sell the hard drive - but if you actually mean can you sell the
    > hard drive AND the Windows Vista software - then yes you can as long as
    > you provide everything that came with the product (including Original DVD
    > and Product Activation Key on its original sticker or card.).
    > The purchaser must also be aware that this has been used and activated and
    > that they will need to activate by telephone and explain to the rep that
    > this was on another PC but has now been moved to theirs.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Mike Brannigan




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  5. #4


    Roy Coorne Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    Fred wrote:
    > I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    > failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    > need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
    > Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
    > will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?


    Yes, the software will see it is on another mainboard... and there is
    no repair installation as it is with Windows XP.


    Roy

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  6. #5


    Bob Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    I think you will find that if you sold the HDD with Vista installed that when
    the HDD is installed into another computer you will get the "blue screen of
    death" and have to do a complete clean install again.

    I did this as a test for both XP Pro and Vista and the result is the same.
    If your not happy with your copy of Vista you can sell it, but you MUST
    inform the purchaser that it has been installed once on your machine.
    Or as suggested earlier just download the upgrade to a higher version of
    Vista.

    "Roy Coorne" wrote:

    > Fred wrote:
    > > I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    > > failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    > > need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
    > > Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
    > > will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?

    >
    > Yes, the software will see it is on another mainboard... and there is
    > no repair installation as it is with Windows XP.
    >
    >
    > Roy
    >


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  7. #6


    Big Dummy Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    "Roy Coorne" <rcoorne@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eTwgJXBjHHA.2552@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Fred wrote:
    >> I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >> failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    >> need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My Home
    >> edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or will
    >> the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?

    >
    > Yes, the software will see it is on another mainboard... and there is no
    > repair installation as it is with Windows XP.
    >
    >
    > Roy



    Roy, I notice you say 'motherboard'.

    It's my understanding that Vista takes a fingerprint of some of your
    hardware, and possibly the motherboard could be one of those items as I've
    swapped out motherboards in the past and had to get another key.

    Therefore, it's not only the motherboard, but other hardware in the PC. All
    he really needs to do is let Microsoft know he purchased the software with
    the key on a new hard disk. They will most likely give him a new key so he
    can activate it. HOWEVER, due to the 'hardware' fingerprint, there may be
    other items that were noted during the first activation.

    This is how I would handle it to be entirely safe. I would repartition the
    hard drive and reformat to my specifications. Then I would install the
    software using the original product key. Most likely it will not bomb out
    since it would only be the second activation. Then notify Microsoft that
    I'm the new owner of the license and give them necessary info and reactivate
    the software. No muss, no fuss, and it's all clean and legal.

    When people sell their PC's they don't take into account the software
    installed on that PC. They don't know that all licenses for the software on
    the system needs to be transferred or software destroyed in accordance with
    the publisher's requirements. So, when someone sells their old XP box, they
    also need to transfer the license to XP and the new owner needs to let
    Microsoft know about it. I know I've beaten Adobe over the head several
    times concerning their products.


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  8. #7


    Big Dummy Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home - The Best Way To Do It and Stay legal

    "Fred" <tangot2@mail.com> wrote in message
    news:4CEFF0B1-E186-4CD3-B2BD-406DB0FD3892@microsoft.com...
    >I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    >need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My Home
    >edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or will the
    >software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > tangot2@mail.com



    Here's what you should do. If you want to sell the hard disk as well,
    that's your prerogative but it may cause problems with the new owner since
    it took a fingerprint of more than your hard disk.

    Just remove Vista from the hard disk and sell the software to the new owner.
    Have the new owner notify Microsoft that they are the new owner and
    Microsoft will probably give them a new product key to use. Then your
    activation is deactivated and theirs is activated. When they install on
    their system, a fingerprint is taken of THEIR system instead of yours.

    It may sound a bit much, but it's really not that hard and it's one way to
    do it and keep your hard disk and sell the software legally.


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  9. #8


    Big Dummy Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    "Bob" <Bob@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:9C8F0ABF-680F-4540-A6C1-E456ADB1AE0E@microsoft.com...
    >I think you will find that if you sold the HDD with Vista installed that
    >when
    > the HDD is installed into another computer you will get the "blue screen
    > of
    > death" and have to do a complete clean install again.
    >
    > I did this as a test for both XP Pro and Vista and the result is the same.
    > If your not happy with your copy of Vista you can sell it, but you MUST
    > inform the purchaser that it has been installed once on your machine.
    > Or as suggested earlier just download the upgrade to a higher version of
    > Vista.
    >
    > "Roy Coorne" wrote:
    >
    >> Fred wrote:
    >> > I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >> > failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium. I
    >> > need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
    >> > Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
    >> > will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?

    >>
    >> Yes, the software will see it is on another mainboard... and there is
    >> no repair installation as it is with Windows XP.
    >>
    >>
    >> Roy
    >>



    Damn Bob, I didn't think of that. The motherboard drivers were probably
    also installed on the first system or MS generic drivers installed for the
    hardware that the new machine may not have. I know whenever I reinstall an
    OS, I also have to use the CD that came with my motherboard to install the
    motherboard drivers and other drivers from their respective disk. Good
    point.


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  10. #9


    Nina DiBoy Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home

    Mike Brannigan wrote:
    > "Fred" <tangot2@mail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4CEFF0B1-E186-4CD3-B2BD-406DB0FD3892@microsoft.com...
    >> I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >> failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium.
    >> I need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
    >> Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
    >> will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> tangot2@mail.com

    >
    > You can sell the hard drive - but if you actually mean can you sell the
    > hard drive AND the Windows Vista software - then yes you can as long as
    > you provide everything that came with the product (including Original
    > DVD and Product Activation Key on its original sticker or card.).
    > The purchaser must also be aware that this has been used and activated
    > and that they will need to activate by telephone and explain to the rep
    > that this was on another PC but has now been moved to theirs.
    >


    Actually, they don't need to give the phone rep most of this
    information. When you call to activate, NO other information is
    required except as documented below on the MS site:

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation_facts.mspx

    Mandatory Product Activation Data
    The Installation ID is unique to each product and comprises two components:

    Product ID. Unique to the product key used during installation

    Hardware hash. Non-unique representation of the PC

    The country in which the product is being installed (for Office XP and
    Office XP family products only)

    Protect your privacy. You do not need to give them more information
    than that, even if they ask. Simply point them to this link where they
    have it documented. If they persist anyway, ask to speak to a
    supervisor. Anything more than the above information which they require
    is none of their business.

    --
    Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html

    Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    "It would be nice if there was a check to see if you were running an
    activated/validated version of Windows before you were allowed to post
    in any of these news groups. If you're not activated/validated your post
    automatically gets deleted.
    That would get rid of the Linsux Luzzzzzzzzers once and for all."

    "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    - T. S. Eliot

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  11. #10


    Nina DiBoy Guest

    Re: For Sale: Vista Home - The Best Way To Do It and Stay legal

    Big Dummy wrote:
    > "Fred" <tangot2@mail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4CEFF0B1-E186-4CD3-B2BD-406DB0FD3892@microsoft.com...
    >> I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
    >> failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium.
    >> I need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
    >> Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
    >> will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> tangot2@mail.com

    >
    >
    > Here's what you should do. If you want to sell the hard disk as well,
    > that's your prerogative but it may cause problems with the new owner
    > since it took a fingerprint of more than your hard disk.
    >
    > Just remove Vista from the hard disk and sell the software to the new
    > owner. Have the new owner notify Microsoft that they are the new owner
    > and Microsoft will probably give them a new product key to use. Then
    > your activation is deactivated and theirs is activated. When they
    > install on their system, a fingerprint is taken of THEIR system instead
    > of yours.
    >
    > It may sound a bit much, but it's really not that hard and it's one way
    > to do it and keep your hard disk and sell the software legally.
    >


    Again, they don't need to give the phone rep most of this information.
    When you call to activate, NO other information is required except as
    documented below on the MS site:

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation_facts.mspx

    Mandatory Product Activation Data
    The Installation ID is unique to each product and comprises two components:

    Product ID. Unique to the product key used during installation

    Hardware hash. Non-unique representation of the PC

    The country in which the product is being installed (for Office XP and
    Office XP family products only)

    Protect your privacy. You do not need to give them more information
    than that, even if they ask. Simply point them to this link where they
    have it documented. If they persist anyway, ask to speak to a
    supervisor. Anything more than the above information which they require
    is none of their business.


    --
    Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
    http://protectfreedom.tripod.com/kick.html

    Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
    "It would be nice if there was a check to see if you were running an
    activated/validated version of Windows before you were allowed to post
    in any of these news groups. If you're not activated/validated your post
    automatically gets deleted.
    That would get rid of the Linsux Luzzzzzzzzers once and for all."

    "Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
    - T. S. Eliot

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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