This copy of Windows is not genuine

ben1

New Member
Vista has been installed for a while, now it is suddenly saying it is not a genuine copy (was happy the six months or so I had it). Now it is suddenly saying it's not genuine and I have to reinstall, I have internet access over a phone line but since I have a mobile I don't pay for a landline on top of that.

Is it normal for people to have to pay extra on top of the originally buying price to reactivate a Vista or is there some way to reactivate without having to pay more money for something already paid for?
 
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RonS WIN TEAM

Vista Guru
This message is to remind people to activate their copy of Windows. You can get more information by visiting: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/.

If you have already purchased your copy, then you have no worries. You’ll simply need to verify a few things.

Cheers,
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS M1330
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory
    3GB

ben1

New Member
All right I'm happy with verifying my copy is genuine.

The thing which blocks you on start and says you have to reactive only gives me two options, phone them with a mobile phone (do you think it's OK for me to pay some company extra money to reactivate my computer on top of already paying Microsoft for the OS itself. The other option is free via landline, any want to buy me a phone (why pay for two if you already pay for a mobile?) and the 15 pounds sterling a month (minimum 12 months) a month for a talk plan to be allowed to make voice calls instead of just internet.

Please I'm begging for an internet connection option of solving this problem, if I didn't have another OS installed on this computer my work and personal stuff would be completely screwed. I'll send a picture of me holding up my Vista box with the Serial clearly displayed right next to my maniacally smiling face if that will work.


p.s. on the mobile phone charging issue, I don' want to seem like a jerk, but really, paying another company six months to a year after paying Microsoft for getting Vista to carry on working is just tyrannical, this wasn't advertised.
 

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ghost

New Member
All right I'm happy with verifying my copy is genuine.

The thing which blocks you on start and says you have to reactive only gives me two options, phone them with a mobile phone (do you think it's OK for me to pay some company extra money to reactivate my computer on top of already paying Microsoft for the OS itself. The other option is free via landline, any want to buy me a phone (why pay for two if you already pay for a mobile?) and the 15 pounds sterling a month (minimum 12 months) a month for a talk plan to be allowed to make voice calls instead of just internet.
Landlines include payphones (m$ is still a free call from these). Or you could use a friend's if they are willing.
choose the activate by phone method and write down the number it provides
take this number, (and your serial number just in case along with a paper and pen) with you to the phone, you give them the number they provided and they will read you an activation number, when you get home - type the activation number in and you're good to go.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    AMD 6000+
    Motherboard
    ASUS M3N78-VM
    Memory
    Kingston 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 8800GT
    Sound Card
    VIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CIBOX 22" Flatpanel & Panasonic Viera 42" Plasma
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Maxtor 250GB
    Samsung 250GB
    Samsung 320GB
    PSU
    500W
    Case
    XCLIO
    Cooling
    Air / Fan
    Mouse
    Logitech MS Revolution
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    10MB
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