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windows de-activated and wont re-activate

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Maximus51

#1
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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GreenieLeBrun

#2
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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The poster formerly known as Nina DiBoy

#3
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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Cal Bear '66

#4
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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Alias

#5
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

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Frank

#6
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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Alias

#7
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.

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cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)

#8
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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Alias

#9
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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maximus51

#10
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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cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)

#11
On Wed, 01 Aug 2007 13:00:28 +0200, Alias wrote:
>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.


Generally, this situation is resolved by phoning the activation line,
asking to speak to a human, and telling that human that the PC you are
attempting to activate the product is in fcat the same PC that it is
currently activated on.

The bug is not that the activation code tells you the license is in
use (it is, it's on the PC that "changed").

The bug is that an unchanged PC is detected as having been "changed so
much" that it is seen as a different PC.

That's the part I'd want to drill down into.

>> If there had been hardware changes in excess of Vista's
>> thresholds, then the DoS payload is working as designed.
>>
>> If there had been hardware changes not in excess of Vista's
>> thresholds, then the DoS payload is buggy.
>>
>> If there had been no hardware changes then *really* buggy
>>
>> 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."


Possible "changes" include BIOS and driver updates that can break
previous assumptions as to what the hardware is "called".

Such "changes" are not real hardware changes of course, and that the
DoS payload can't tell the difference, is a serious limitation

Courts are too fallible for many nations to allow the irreversible
death penalty, and a system that can't tell the difference between
software and hardware changes is too fallible for a DoS payload, IMO.

OTOH, maybe this thing is so buggy (or exploitable) that the payload
hatched when there really were no changes at all. If the system
cannot safeguard itself against malware that can trigger a false
alarm, then it is too insecure for a DoS payload, IMO.



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