Bogdan ... I agree completely with the post from John Barnett ... if,
indeed, this friend tries to use your key, then he should very quickly
become an ex-friend. At that point, you will not owe him any honor, no
matter how long you have known him. I have had this problem with relatives.
They think I am "stingy" and "paranoid". I tell them: spend your own money,
clown. The truth is, someone who would surreptitiously copy your key or
"borrow" your OS DVD from where you have it hidden is nothing but a
cheapskate looking for something for nothing.
The advice to keep your original receipt in a safe place is very good
advice. Keeping original packaging is good advice also. I wish to add that,
if your original receipt is thermal, make a copy of it (or two!) while you
can still read it ... I have had to go get duplicates from stores that use
thermal printing for their receipts because they fade with time. I now
routinely make copies ... one to go with the original in a folder and the
other to go in my monthly receipts file.
Do not be afraid to make it clear to family and friends that your software
is not for "sharing". You don't _owe_ them that, even if they try to make
you think that you do because a) you make more money than they do; b) they
can't afford it ... blah, blah, whatever they come up with ... if you make
it clear that it is NOT ok, and you keep your receipts, then your conscience
is clear and you don't need to be afraid. You are not the owner of the
problem; they are.
Cheers and Happy New Year ... vanilla
"John Barnett MVP" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> If you have installed Vista onto your PC and activated it hen the product
> key is logged to your machine. If your friend installs a copy of Vista
> with your product key number he will get a 'product key in use' message
> because it is being used by the legal owner, You!
> However, there are ways and means around this problem, but it does involve
> your friend contacting Microsoft so I suggest you keep your official
> receipt for the product safe just in case a legal ownership issue occurs.
> It always pays to be safe than sorry.
> As for your friend, well maybe it's time to get a more reliable friend. I
> could say more 'honest' but, as you have pointed out in your post "i think
> he note that" so it is only, currently, an assumption on your part.
> His/her honesty comes into question when the product key is used by
> John Barnett MVP
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> "Bogdan" <Bogdan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> I bought a Vista Home Premium x64 last week-end. Today a friend, i think
>> my product key for Vista. I think he note that. If he use that Product
>> somewhere, I can lose my Genuine License?
>> Please help me, i'm in a big trouble...