Telephone the Windows activation line. Click the activation option in Vista
as you have previously done only this time select the telephone option. A
free phone (toll free) number will appear which you should call. You need to
be in front of your pc when you call as you will need to type a set of
numbers into your telephone keypad (these will appear on your pc screen). In
return the automated activation line will give you another set of numbers
which you will need to type into the dialogue box on your computer screen to
activate vista. If activation is refused then stay on the line and you will
be transferred to a 'real' person who can guide you through the process.
Obviously you will probably have to tell them what has happened, i.e., your
John Barnett MVP
Windows - Shell/User
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"Jimmy Walsh" <Jimmy Walsh@discussions.microsoft.com
> wrote in message
> My install of Vista got corrupted and kept BSOD and shutting down.
> So after desperately trying to repair the original install i gave up and
> reinstalled from the disc supplied by the builder.
> After trying to activate this install I am told that the product key is
> already in use??
> and my copy of windows will stop working after 29 days?
> how do I get around this?