Tried to reinstall Vista HP I'm now told that

September 5, 2011 at 10:41:49
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium
I had Vista HP installed but decided to buy Windows 7 but didn't like itso tried to reinstall
Vista HP but was told that it is not authentic because it's registered to another user !


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#1
September 5, 2011 at 13:01:33
That is odd.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
September 5, 2011 at 14:37:08
You can select the telephone option for activation, that will give you a phone number when you select country, maybe they can activate it by phone after they ask a few questions. Doesn't cost anything to try!

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#3
September 5, 2011 at 18:13:28
OEM installations don't have Microsoft support. An HP disk would not use the same authentication. It would use a bios number to authenticate and activate.

Dunno who told you but there is something not right about the deal.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
September 7, 2011 at 07:16:10
As Jefro says, the activation is tied to the BIOS with HP/Compaq - in fact I have two laptops here which have identical CDKeys, according to Keyfinder, though the label on the base of one shows a different key completely - hence reinstalling from the recovery partition would not normally need the key. Are you trying to use a non-hp disk, or a full version of Vista that's already been activated elsewhere?

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#5
September 7, 2011 at 10:09:45
My understanding of identical keys with a key finder is; the stickers for windows are put on the boxes separate from the actual Windows installations which are probably images pushed on the machines using a VLA, so all original installations in the same batch are using the same key, but have different sticker numbers. Atleast this was my understanding of the process.

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#6
September 7, 2011 at 13:34:57
That (sort of) makes sense, & explains why I have these two laptops, both different model Compaqs, with the same activated key. The reason I was trying to find the key was that the one I'm working on has totally screwed up and needs a reinstall but the COA label is totally unreadable, so I was using UBCD4Win to get the key and was just checking the process using another Vista Compaq I keep for emergencies, just to make sure that Keyfinder was doing its job. I probably wasted an hour or so when Keyfinder came back with the same key and made me look into it a bit deeper....

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#7
September 8, 2011 at 14:02:28
I wonder if you gave Win 7 enough time. It's not really a lot different to Vista and most folk find Win 7 faster and better. Of course, if it was an upgrade then that might make all the difference - clean installs are the way to go.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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