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So I did an OS re-install today, everything goes well until i get to the activate windows part (i like to do this immediately) and then MS decides that my copy of windows is invalid.


This is really irritating. Once I come to this phase is there anything I can do (short of reinstalling windows again - which is what I did this time, and yes I successfully validated the copy of windows) to fix/troubleshoot this problem?


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This is an OEM disc, same motherboard that has successfully been validated before. It is not a pirated copy, nor have I tried to install the OEM disc on different hardware (which is a violation of the EULA if i recall correctly)
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Maybe it's a sign you need to upgrade to an O.S that isn't shockingly bad.
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Originally Posted by UBERmorrison View Post
Maybe it's a sign you need to upgrade to an O.S that isn't shockingly bad.
got the copy with a HDD before 7 came out, it was originally slated to go into a nehalem build but by the time i could afford it SB had launched. I don't really want to switch to 7 till i get a new mobo though and that will be a while.
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Fair enough, have you called Microsoft and explained your problem? I'm sure they can sort you out with a new key or something similar.
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Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
I'm not using upgrade media, I'm using an OEM disc to do a re-install (on the same motherboard)

for some weird reason windows didn't like something about it and decided it was a pirated copy (which it isn't)

the situation is doubly weird as i've successfully completed the activation sequence before (and infact as of this writing successfully completed it again) I was wondering though, if I run into this issue again if I can troubleshoot the issue without having to go through the whole process of installing windows something I don't exactly find pleasant or quick!
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I'm not using upgrade media


I see you didn't bother to make it past the article title before blindly criticizing.

"However, there's a little-known trick in Windows Vista Setup whereby you can simply skip this phase and use the install media (Upgrade or Full, any version) to perform a clean install of virtually any Vista product edition. What you do is leave the Product Key field blank, deselect the option titled "Automatically activate Windows when I'm online," and then click Next. Vista Setup will ask you whether you would like to enter your Product Key before continuing. Click No."
Edited by jlells01 - 10/20/11 at 1:57am
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my windows 7 product key doesn't activate online anymore due to the fact that i keep upgrading my hardware.

Hence why i have to activate by phone every time now, have you tried doing that?
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I was going to suggest activating by phone but patawic just said that lol

I have a copy of Vista Ultimate x64 waiting to be installed in my sig rig once I get an ssd.
    
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I see you didn't bother to make it past the article title before blindly criticizing.

"However, there's a little-known trick in Windows Vista Setup whereby you can simply skip this phase and use the install media (Upgrade or Full, any version) to perform a clean install of virtually any Vista product edition. What you do is leave the Product Key field blank, deselect the option titled "Automatically activate Windows when I'm online," and then click Next. Vista Setup will ask you whether you would like to enter your Product Key before continuing. Click No."
He doesnt have to do that at all thats only for an upgrade or the wrong version of of vista disk.
Now when it doesnt activate activate by phone you will have to put in the activation key in on the phone keypad when it tells you and then it will tell you the numbers to type in unless there is something really wrong then you will have to sort it out with a microsoft phone person.
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