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Vista installation(product key not validated)

sfactor

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My laptop comes preinstalled with a Vista Home Premium 32bit. But i am unable to recover it using the recovery DVD. I got a Vista DVD installation disc and started the Vista installation, but the Vista installer did not recognize my Product key (located at the bottom of my Toshiba laptop) and said it's not Validated. If i go ahead and complete the installation, how do I Validate it?
 

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richc46

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Welcome,

If you are saying that you have a new Windows 7, DVD either bought or through the computer mfg, the key is on the sleeve or inside the package. It is a long number. Containing 25 characters, groups of 5, containing numbers and letters. Mine was on a separate sheet, inside the package.
 

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sfactor

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Hi Richie,

What I have is a product key located at the bottom of my laptop. The key is for Vista Home Premium 32 bit. I have issues using the recovery DVD that come with my laptop, so I want to install the OS myself. I got a Vista installation DVD, and started the process, but then it prompted me to enter my Product key, I did, but the installation showed that the Key was not validated, that I may continue with the installation but I will have to Validate later. WIll this work? Thanks
 

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richc46

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT