Michael Cavanagh wrote:
> I got Vista Buisness edition because i assumd that i would bet more that one
> activation out of it. But i recently upgraded my main harddrive from a flabby
> IDE one to a speedy Western Digital Raptor. Now much to my annoyance I am
> told that my product key is already in use, which in a way it is i suppose.
> It is presently on a harddrive sat on my desk beside my keyboard.
> I would just like to know if i have to live with my flabby old drive or (god
> forbid) buy another copy of vista?
There's no limit to the number of times you can reinstall and
activate the same Vista license on the same PC. Nor is there ever a
charge. Nor does a Product Key (so long as it's not an evaluation
license) ever expire. If it's been more than 120 days since you last
activated that specific Product Key, you'll most likely be able to
activate via the Internet without problem. If it's been less, you might
have to make a 5 minute phone call.
Here are the facts pertaining to activation:
Piracy Basics - Microsoft Product Activation
Windows Product Activation (WPA)
Simply reinstall and activate by telephone.
Help us help you:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand Russell