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  1. #1


    Keith Boogabooga Guest

    Vista Activation

    Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced the
    hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive and
    activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key was
    already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to activate
    online. What do I do?

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  3. #2


    Conor Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    In article <388A2B38-8C9F-41D4-820F-35CB0B42B37B@microsoft.com>,
    says...
    > Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced the
    > hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive and
    > activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key was
    > already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to activate
    > online. What do I do?
    >

    Phone Microsoft and activate over the phone.

    --
    Conor

    Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright
    until you hear them speak.........

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    It's strange. I had to reactivate over the phone each and every time I changed a piece of hardware. And every time I was connected to a Indian guy then, even though I went through the process with entering all the numbers.

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  5. #4


    Shadow133 Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    I had the same problem too. But the weird thing is that I haven't installed
    any new hardware. My computer was on and I received a notification that I had
    to activate windows vista again. I tried the online activation and it said my
    activation key was already in use. By phone the automatic activation said the
    same thing. It is very strange as I did no updates (software or hardware)
    since yesterday and I only installed Windows Vista two (02) times, so online
    activation should work. I think that the security protocols implemented by
    Windows are abusing, always requiring phone activation, while hackers can
    easily crack windows. I bought Windows to have Microsoft support and the
    ability of updating without the need of cracks. I am beginning to think it
    was not worth as I only got 90 days support and the activation process is
    pointless.

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  6. #5


    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    Telephone the Microsoft Activation Line. This is an automated system to
    start with so you will need to go through the activation process while on
    the telephone (make sure you are in front of your pc). It is a toll free
    (free phone) number so it is costing you anything, with he exception of your
    time (10 to 15 minutes). If the automated service cannot activate your
    machine you will be transferred to a 'real' person who can advise you and
    talk you through the procedure.

    --
    John Barnett MVP
    Associate Expert
    Windows - Shell/User

    Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org

    The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
    kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be liable for
    any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    mail/post..

    "Keith Boogabooga" <Keith Boogabooga@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message news:388A2B38-8C9F-41D4-820F-35CB0B42B37B@microsoft.com...
    > Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced the
    > hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive and
    > activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key was
    > already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to activate
    > online. What do I do?



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  7. #6


    Shadow133 Guest

    Re: Vista Activation


    Yes, I have done that already. I was just pointing that the activation
    system is pointless. Why ask more than 1 time for the activation key or why
    expire the online key after 2 installations? Will that prevent piracy?
    Obvious answer is no!
    In my (consumer) opinion I regret expending $ in my Vista Ultimate as I
    have practically no warranty (90 days support only) and have headaches with
    the activation system that cracked versions may not have. But things will
    only change when someone creates a better and compatible OS, then Microsoft
    monopoly and abuses shall end.


    "John Barnett MVP" wrote:

    > Telephone the Microsoft Activation Line. This is an automated system to
    > start with so you will need to go through the activation process while on
    > the telephone (make sure you are in front of your pc). It is a toll free
    > (free phone) number so it is costing you anything, with he exception of your
    > time (10 to 15 minutes). If the automated service cannot activate your
    > machine you will be transferred to a 'real' person who can advise you and
    > talk you through the procedure.
    >
    > --
    > John Barnett MVP
    > Associate Expert
    > Windows - Shell/User
    >
    > Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    > Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    >
    > The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
    > kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    > reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be liable for
    > any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    > use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    > mail/post..
    >
    > "Keith Boogabooga" <Keith Boogabooga@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message news:388A2B38-8C9F-41D4-820F-35CB0B42B37B@microsoft.com...
    > > Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced the
    > > hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive and
    > > activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key was
    > > already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to activate
    > > online. What do I do?

    >
    >


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  8. #7


    Joe Guidera Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    When you enter the numbers over the phone it's just validating that the code
    you are using is actually a valid code and checking to see if it's already
    been used. If the code has been used already you will always have to speak
    with a live human being in order to activate.
    Joe

    "schombi" <schombi.2p8l6l@no-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:schombi.2p8l6l@no-mx.forums.net...
    >
    > It's strange. I had to reactivate over the phone each and every time I
    > changed a piece of hardware. And every time I was connected to a Indian
    > guy then, even though I went through the process with entering all the
    > numbers.
    >
    >
    > --
    > schombi



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  9. #8


    ted Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    I have the same problem. I have been told by Windows "that because of a
    hardware change i must activate Windows". WHAT hardware change? I`ve changed
    NOTHING! If Windows CANNOT tell me what the change is, then i`m seeking legal
    help. Microsoft lies from the instant of installation. "FUN", i don`t think
    so. "EASIER", i don`t think so. Telling me i`ve made a hardware change, when
    all i`ve done is turn the bloody computer on!! Come on Microsoft, tell me
    what i`ve changed.

    "Shadow133" wrote:

    >
    > Yes, I have done that already. I was just pointing that the activation
    > system is pointless. Why ask more than 1 time for the activation key or why
    > expire the online key after 2 installations? Will that prevent piracy?
    > Obvious answer is no!
    > In my (consumer) opinion I regret expending $ in my Vista Ultimate as I
    > have practically no warranty (90 days support only) and have headaches with
    > the activation system that cracked versions may not have. But things will
    > only change when someone creates a better and compatible OS, then Microsoft
    > monopoly and abuses shall end.
    >
    >
    > "John Barnett MVP" wrote:
    >

    > > Telephone the Microsoft Activation Line. This is an automated system to
    > > start with so you will need to go through the activation process while on
    > > the telephone (make sure you are in front of your pc). It is a toll free
    > > (free phone) number so it is costing you anything, with he exception of your
    > > time (10 to 15 minutes). If the automated service cannot activate your
    > > machine you will be transferred to a 'real' person who can advise you and
    > > talk you through the procedure.
    > >
    > > --
    > > John Barnett MVP
    > > Associate Expert
    > > Windows - Shell/User
    > >
    > > Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    > > Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    > >
    > > The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
    > > kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    > > reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be liable for
    > > any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    > > use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    > > mail/post..
    > >
    > > "Keith Boogabooga" <Keith Boogabooga@xxxxxx> wrote in
    > > message news:388A2B38-8C9F-41D4-820F-35CB0B42B37B@xxxxxx

    > > > Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced the
    > > > hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive and
    > > > activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key was
    > > > already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to activate
    > > > online. What do I do?
    > >
    > >

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  10. #9


    Jason B. Jones Guest

    Re: Vista Activation

    Look at this article:
    WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate
    http://apcmag.com/vista_activation

    "ted" <ted@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:A903BFAE-7D4F-43A1-940D-04683BDF9A4D@xxxxxx

    > I have the same problem. I have been told by Windows "that because of a
    > hardware change i must activate Windows". WHAT hardware change? I`ve
    > changed
    > NOTHING! If Windows CANNOT tell me what the change is, then i`m seeking
    > legal
    > help. Microsoft lies from the instant of installation. "FUN", i don`t
    > think
    > so. "EASIER", i don`t think so. Telling me i`ve made a hardware change,
    > when
    > all i`ve done is turn the bloody computer on!! Come on Microsoft, tell me
    > what i`ve changed.
    >
    > "Shadow133" wrote:
    >

    >>
    >> Yes, I have done that already. I was just pointing that the activation
    >> system is pointless. Why ask more than 1 time for the activation key or
    >> why
    >> expire the online key after 2 installations? Will that prevent piracy?
    >> Obvious answer is no!
    >> In my (consumer) opinion I regret expending $ in my Vista Ultimate as I
    >> have practically no warranty (90 days support only) and have headaches
    >> with
    >> the activation system that cracked versions may not have. But things will
    >> only change when someone creates a better and compatible OS, then
    >> Microsoft
    >> monopoly and abuses shall end.
    >>
    >>
    >> "John Barnett MVP" wrote:
    >>

    >> > Telephone the Microsoft Activation Line. This is an automated system to
    >> > start with so you will need to go through the activation process while
    >> > on
    >> > the telephone (make sure you are in front of your pc). It is a toll
    >> > free
    >> > (free phone) number so it is costing you anything, with he exception of
    >> > your
    >> > time (10 to 15 minutes). If the automated service cannot activate your
    >> > machine you will be transferred to a 'real' person who can advise you
    >> > and
    >> > talk you through the procedure.
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > John Barnett MVP
    >> > Associate Expert
    >> > Windows - Shell/User
    >> >
    >> > Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    >> > Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    >> >
    >> > The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of
    >> > any
    >> > kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the accuracy,
    >> > reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be
    >> > liable for
    >> > any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out
    >> > of the
    >> > use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    >> > mail/post..
    >> >
    >> > "Keith Boogabooga" <Keith Boogabooga@xxxxxx> wrote
    >> > in
    >> > message news:388A2B38-8C9F-41D4-820F-35CB0B42B37B@xxxxxx
    >> > > Two weeks ago my hard drive crashed that had Vista on it. I replaced
    >> > > the
    >> > > hard drive and everything was fine. Vista installed on the new drive
    >> > > and
    >> > > activated. This morning an error message came om saying that the key
    >> > > was
    >> > > already in use and to activate Vista. It will not allow me to
    >> > > activate
    >> > > online. What do I do?
    >> >
    >> >

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  11. #10



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    Re: Vista Activation

    I recently updated the NForce 4 drivers from Nvidia. All of a sudden I have to activate again within a week, talking to "Raja" over the phone like I am some pirate! Activation in vista is a disgrace!!!!! I paid for the software and obtained a legal copy.

    Perhaps if Billy made windows the same price as the MAC os (that clearly kills vista for stability and usability) then there would be less pirates.

    Bill, how much money do you need my friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by ted View Post
    I have the same problem. I have been told by Windows "that because of a
    hardware change i must activate Windows". WHAT hardware change? I`ve changed
    NOTHING! If Windows CANNOT tell me what the change is, then i`m seeking legal
    help. Microsoft lies from the instant of installation. "FUN", i don`t think
    so. "EASIER", i don`t think so. Telling me i`ve made a hardware change, when
    all i`ve done is turn the bloody computer on!! Come on Microsoft, tell me
    what i`ve changed.

    "Shadow133" wrote:

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