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Old 02-20-2009
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activation key problems!! help please!!

hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went out
and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to the
new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on connected
to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to activate
it!! help!!


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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

squeesy cheese;973100 Wrote:
> hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went out
> and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to the
> new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on connected
> to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
> the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to activate
> it!! help!!


Hello Squessy Cheese,

If you cannot activate Vista online, then you should be able to by the
phone.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/84...sta-phone.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

hi brink, I did that last time when I installed vista on the old hdd,
but shouldn't it already be activated cause I ghosted all my files
across the the new hdd?


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Old 02-20-2009
Brink
 

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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

squeesy cheese;973120 Wrote:
> hi brink, I did that last time when I installed vista on the old hdd,
> but shouldn't it already be activated cause I ghosted all my files
> across the the new hdd?


Normally it would be, but with the hardware change it may have thought
that you installed it on another computer and is wanting you to activate
again.


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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!
squeesy cheese <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote:

>
>hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went out
>and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to the
>new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on connected
>to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
>the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to activate
>it!! help!!


So activate it.
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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

i might ring Microsoft later and explain to them what's happened, thanks
for your help though!


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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

Mike Torello;973129 Wrote:
> squeesy cheese <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > >
> > >hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went

> > out
> > >and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to

> > the
> > >new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on

> > connected
> > >to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
> > >the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to

> > activate
> > >it!! help!! > >

>
> So activate it.


i cant, i put in my activation code and it rejects it and says its
already in use


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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!
squeesy cheese <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote:

>
>Mike Torello;973129 Wrote:
>> squeesy cheese <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:
>> > > >
>> > >
>> > >hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went
>> > out
>> > >and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to
>> > the
>> > >new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on
>> > connected
>> > >to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
>> > >the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to
>> > activate
>> > >it!! help!! > >

>>
>> So activate it.

>
>i cant, i put in my activation code and it rejects it and says its
>already in use


Then you'll have to phone it in.
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Old 02-20-2009
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!
I had the same problem after installing a new drive on my machine last week.
All I did was click the activation option. My ghosted image was actually
from October last year, this allowed me to go back to a complete clean
install rather than later images which had other software installed which I
didn't want. The activation went just fine over the internet. If you do
happen to get a refusal or a 'product key already in use' just select the
'telephone' option. This is an automated service so please listen carefully
to the instructions. If it still does not activate after you have gone
through the automated procedure then 'don't hang up' stay on the line and
you will be transferred to a 'real' person who will help you activate your
system.

PS: After activation don't forget to image your newly activated hard drive.

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> hi all, here's the problem, I ran out of space on my 40gig so I went out
> and bought a new 80gig sata drive, I ghosted all my stuff across to the
> new drive and it boots up fine. left it last night turned on connected
> to the net cause it was doing updates. logged on this morning and get
> the activation screen come up and it says i only have 3 days to activate
> it!! help!!
>
>
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Re: activation key problems!! help please!!

just phone Microsoft (bill gates) and got my vista activated
thanks everyone for your help!!


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