> I bought an EI system with vista from pc world in jan & registered then.
> I've recently had to change my motherboard, got an error message today
> saying that my product key is invalid and that i'd need to buy another
> screen shot: http://saeleyjnr.com/images/vista.jpg
> I dont want to re-buy vista.
> I've searched this forum and dont get the options other people do. I'm not
> given the option to activate online, only to buy an extra key online.
> I've not been given the opportunity to fail registration and thus given a
> number to call.
> I either give a new key or buy an additional key.
> Can anyone help.
> Vista was a pre-install from pc world (as all pc's from pc world are)
You didn't give a description of the Vista installation media, but I'm
guessing it's the disk that came with your computer. In that case, you have
an OEM version that was tied to the original motherboard. In order to use
it, you would have needed to replace the motherboard with the exact same
model the machine came with, purchased from the OEM (PC World). Since the
original motherboard is gone, the OEM installation media is only good for
the trash. You will need to purchase a full retail version of Vista, or use
another operating system such as Linux (free) or an older MS operating
system (not free but less expensive than Vista) if you don't want to do
Further questions about this should be addressed to PC World since support
for an OEM machine comes from the OEM.
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