Re: Activation Error: 0xC004F061
The upgrade has to be started from within a qualifying product. Win2000
cannot be upgraded to Vista Home Premium, only Business or Ultimate, which
is why you had to use the custom install and could not enter a product key.
Insert your Vista DVD, start an in-place upgrade to the current installation
and you should be able to enter the Product Key now. You will have to
complete the reinstall, then you should be able to activate.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Paul" <Paul@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I am having a similar problem as another user has explained on the forum
> this code. I upgraded to Windows Vista Home Basic from Windows 2000
> Professional (OEM) because the 2000 product was becoming unusable. When I
> try to activate I am getting the code 0xC004F061, the Software Licensing
> System has determined that this specified product key can only be used for
> upgrading, not for clean installations.
> When I did the install it forced me to do a clean install and would not
> me enter the product key. After hours and hours of work I finally have
> installed, found drivers or workarounds, got my wireless connection
> again and it is operating much better than my old operating system, albeit
> quite slowly. The software is not offering me the option of a phone
> to activate the software and I can't find one on the Microsoft site.
> I don't understand why it cannot validate since both sets of software were
> legally purchased and there is a windows.old folder that has the info
> the old operating system on the computer.
> Re-installing Windows 2000 (to get validation) is not an acceptable
> alternative. There are 4 service packs to download and then I will
> run into the same problem again of Vista not allowing the upgrade.
> My hardware is older but meets the requirements and I should be able to
> the upgrade. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.