> my motherboard died not to long ago, so i had to reinstall vista (have home
> premium upgrade)...
Unfortunate, but hardware does fail.
> however when trying to activate vista it says my key is already in use and
> can't use it...
Well, yes..... Your Product Key was already in use; by yourself from
the initial activation. But there's nothing that said you can't use it,
only that you can't activate via the Internet.
> i'm NOT going to pay 60 bucks to talk to support and have a likely chance of
> them NOT solving the problem.
I don't blame you. I'd feel pretty silly too if I had to pay someone
sixty dollars to tell me to read the on-screen prompt to activate by
> what are my options? how can i get windows to activate so i can just use the
> ******* system.....
Follow the on-screen instructions to activate by telephone, of course.
> maybe its doing this cuz it recognized its dual booting w/kubuntu....
No, that couldn't possibly have anything to do with it.
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