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post #1 of 19
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So I replaced my mobo, cpu, and ram about a month ago, and just now, windows is starting to ask me for re-activation, saying i have the wrong product key. I have an OEM copy of vista, and i heard on there that i would just have to go online or call them to get a validation key, but it's asking me for an actual product key.

Should I enter the product key that i have, or would it render my computer useless if it failed? right now it just changed my backround to a solid black one with "window vista build 6002 this version of windows is not genuine" at the bottom. It doesnt seem to be doing anything at the moment...
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post #2 of 19
Isnt OEM keys locked to the motherboard? You may have to call microsoft for this one
post #3 of 19
OEM Key. Simply call the Microsoft Activation centre and have them reactivate for you. Simple with no problems.
    
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post #4 of 19
No need to call MS. Your OEM key is tied to your original motherboard. Any attempt to circumvent this is a violation of the EULA and possibly illegal (as well as against the TOS here about tell8ing others to do so).
You need a new copy of windows.
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post #5 of 19
Should be able to call Microsoft and have it resolved. Might have to talk to a rep to get it resolved. They will give you a code to activate it. I had to do it when I upgraded to SB.
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Ok. I was hoping id be able to avoid it, but i guess i will have to call them... Time to wait for a few hours on hold.
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post #7 of 19
Did you by any chance try clearing your CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Because that happens to me if I clear cmos for more than say 30 seconds
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Ok. I was hoping id be able to avoid it, but i guess i will have to call them... Time to wait for a few hours on hold.
They don't put you on hold for that long... I was able to get my OS reactivated on my new motherboard within a few minutes.
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Did you by any chance try clearing your CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Because that happens to me if I clear cmos for more than say 30 seconds
Do you mean it fixes the problem or causes it?
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post #10 of 19
yes the OEM keys are tied to the motherboard, and the hardware it was originally installed on. change out more then 3 of those components and microsoft classifies it as a new computer system.
    
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