thank you for your reply what do you mean by it will stop running
completely,I ordered a xp sp2 and I did a back up of my files so if I install
xp what I had before
am I going to have a problem running my computer it won't end up crashing or
anything like that will it.
I heard if I do that vista will taken off and my xp will be ok. if wrong I
will have to buy a activation # or I can't do that either.
thanks again Ronnie
"Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
> You will not be able to activate your machine because the producty key was
> used on the other machine. The computer you installed the copy on will stop
> working in 7 days. This will not effect the original computer where Vista is
> installed and activated.
> You can purchase another license for Vista and use that license to activate
> the computer where the copy is installed.
> Ronnie Vernon
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows Shell/User
> "Joannie" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > Hi noel,
> > I have a question for you. I installed vista from a copy cd and now I now
> > they want me to set the activation I have 7 days to do that this copy is
> > on
> > another computer in the house that was installed when bought.
> > The question is what if I don't activate what will happen then to the
> > computer it is originally on. and will vista stop working on my machine.
> > thanks
> > --
> > JoAnne
> > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
> >> Noel
> >> There is no "de-activation".
> >> The way activation works is that when you activate with a particular
> >> product
> >> key, that information is kept in the activation servers at Microsoft. The
> >> activation information is reset on the activation servers every 120 days.
> >> If
> >> you activate again before 120 days has passed, the automatic internet
> >> activation will fail and you will be required to use the telephone to
> >> re-activate. If it has been more than 120 days, the automatic internet
> >> activation will work.
> >> --
> >> Ronnie Vernon
> >> Microsoft MVP
> >> Windows Shell/User
> >> "Noel" <Noel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:F4DF54CF-881B-4F9B-BFBF-738C9B11EA91@microsoft.com...
> >> > Hello, I put together a new machine and decided to put Vista on it;
> >> > anyway
> >> > the raid drivers were a littel flaky and my drives corrupted. I had to
> >> > recreate the array.
> >> >
> >> > I wasn't able to reactivate, the internet activation failed, even
> >> > though
> >> > there were no changes to the machine (except the raid volume was
> >> > recreated);
> >> > using the phone system worked.
> >> >
> >> > To avoid this in the future (ie what if my drives fail and I have to
> >> > reinstall) how do I
> >> > "De-Activate" Vista?
> >> >
> >> >