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windows de-activated and wont re-activate

  1. #1


    Maximus51 Guest

    windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate, it says
    the product key is already in use and needs another one. Please help!

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  3. #2


    GreenieLeBrun Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Maximus51 wrote:
    > Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    > although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    > it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    > Please help!


    You have to use the telephone activation method.



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  4. #3


    The poster formerly known as Nina DiBoy Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Maximus51 wrote:
    > Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    > although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    > it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    > Please help!


    Yet another example where buggy MS DRM inconveniences the paying
    customer. This is doing nothing st stop piracy.

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  5. #4


    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Use phone activation

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    "Maximus51" <Maximus51@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:72EF821F-EA33-46FC-8740-44BEBAEEEAE5@microsoft.com...
    > Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    > although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate, it says
    > the product key is already in use and needs another one. Please help!




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  6. #5


    Alias Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Maximus51 wrote:
    > Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    > although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate, it says
    > the product key is already in use and needs another one. Please help!


    Sick of this crap? Try Ubuntu, an Open Source OS. It's free. www.ubuntu.com

    Alias

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  7. #6


    Frank Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Alias wrote:

    > Maximus51 wrote:
    >
    >> Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    >> although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    >> it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    >> Please help!

    >
    >
    > Sick of this crap? Try Ubuntu, an Open Source OS. It's free. www.ubuntu.com
    >
    > Alias



    Yeah, try a stupid toy os..great idea...hahaha...good for kiddies like
    you...hahaha...lol!
    Frank

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  8. #7


    Alias Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Frank wrote:
    > Alias wrote:
    >
    >> Maximus51 wrote:
    >>
    >>> Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    >>> although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    >>> it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    >>> Please help!

    >>
    >>
    >> Sick of this crap? Try Ubuntu, an Open Source OS. It's free.
    >> www.ubuntu.com
    >>
    >> Alias

    >
    >
    > Yeah, try a stupid toy os..great idea...hahaha...good for kiddies like
    > you...hahaha...lol!
    > Frank


    Your jealously of people who can install a decent OS like Ubuntu and you
    can't is showing, Frankie Boy.

    Alias

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  9. #8


    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 09:12:31 -0500, The formerly Nina DiBoy
    >Maximus51 wrote:


    >> Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    >> although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    >> it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    >> Please help!


    >Yet another example where buggy MS DRM inconveniences the paying
    >customer. This is doing nothing st stop piracy.


    Before jumping in with guns blazing, I'd have asked whether there had
    been any hardware changes, and what these were.

    If there had been hardware changes, and these were in excess of
    Vista's scarce-documented change thresholds, then the DoS payload is
    working as designed.

    If there had been hardware changes, and these were not in excess of
    Vista's scarce-documented change thresholds, then the DoS payload is
    buggy. Hey MS - "DoS payload" and "buggy"; pick ONE.

    If there had been no hardware changes at all, then the DoS payload is
    *really* buggy, and we need to chase this a lot harder.

    So... more details, original poster?



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  10. #9


    Alias Guest

    Re: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) wrote:
    > On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 09:12:31 -0500, The formerly Nina DiBoy
    >> Maximus51 wrote:

    >
    >>> Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    >>> although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate,
    >>> it says the product key is already in use and needs another one.
    >>> Please help!

    >
    >> Yet another example where buggy MS DRM inconveniences the paying
    >> customer. This is doing nothing st stop piracy.

    >
    > Before jumping in with guns blazing, I'd have asked whether there had
    > been any hardware changes, and what these were.
    >
    > If there had been hardware changes, and these were in excess of
    > Vista's scarce-documented change thresholds, then the DoS payload is
    > working as designed.
    >
    > If there had been hardware changes, and these were not in excess of
    > Vista's scarce-documented change thresholds, then the DoS payload is
    > buggy. Hey MS - "DoS payload" and "buggy"; pick ONE.
    >
    > If there had been no hardware changes at all, then the DoS payload is
    > *really* buggy, and we need to chase this a lot harder.
    >
    > So... more details, original poster?


    The OP wrote, and I quote:

    "Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    although I never changed anything."

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  11. #10


    maximus51 Guest

    RE: windows de-activated and wont re-activate

    Thank you everyone for the help. Activating it by telephone fixed the
    problem. For those who were requesting more details...I never changed any
    hardware, I didn't open my case or even add new software. During normal use
    I got the message unexpectedly.
    "Maximus51" wrote:

    > Windows said it needs to reactivate windows due to a hardware change,
    > although I never changed anything. And when it tries to re-activate, it says
    > the product key is already in use and needs another one. Please help!


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