Re: Verify COA
> "Rob" <Rob@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> How do I check to see if a COA has already been used (without going
>> an installation routine)?
"Rick Rogers" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi Rob,
> You can't. When you activate, a hash is created that uses the Product Key
> and an amalgam of the hardware on the system, and this is what is used to
> activate the COA, so it varies and you cannot check by just the COA alone.
> If a Product Key has never been used, you will obviously be able to
> If a Product Key has been used, you will get a message about it already
> being in use, even if it currently is not. This requires a phone
> activation. If you determine that the key is currently in use, you can
> purchase a new one for activation at this point.
Or, you can simply wait 120 days without installation to incur no further
expense. Then, for all intents and purposes, you might as well have
purchased the license an hour ago, since the previous record on the
Microsoft Activation Servers will have been expunged entirely by then.
If the key was genuine in the first place, you will get no such message, and
your OS will activate normally via the Internet -- unless, of course,
Microsoft has flagged your particular key as being invalid for one reason or
If it wasn't, I don't know what would happen, since I've never owned such a
key. Probably, the MS Stormtroopers (all "Twenty-something metro-sexuals"
wearing khaki slacks and blue short-sleeved casual shirts) will all appear
out of the walls, surround you, and slam your face into freshly-printed
copies of the Vista EULA. Then, like Donald Sutherland in the last scene of
"The Invasion of the Body Snatchers", they will all point at you with
horrible faces, and begin screeching "PIRATE!!!" over and over. You, of
course, will immediately expire from the excitement of it all. Or the
consternation. Or the neighbors will beat you to death for failing to pay
your taxes, like a good little citizen (Chaos is everywhere and everywhen,
and completely unrelated things can happen at once for absolutely no
In any case, you should have little trouble if you do it legally.