Activating Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by optimistique1, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

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    HI all, this might seem like a silly question but if I have a laptop with Vista pre-installed and I need to completely reformat and reinstall, what do I do about activating Vista again? Many thanks Garry
     
  2. jasqid

    jasqid MDL Member

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    #2 jasqid, Jun 29, 2009
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    Depends on the manufacture.

    I got a Dell Studio with Vista Home Premium and formatted it right out the box and installed Ultimate. I Decrapified it immediately!

    Just need the Cert and OEM key for Dell. :D

    (Use Key when installing, Insert Key after bootup.)
    There is another thread here on "how to insert oem key and cert"
     
  3. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

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    Hi guys thanks for your help. It's a HP notebook with no recovery disk and I didn't realise about the recovery partition until too late.....
    I have a Retail Vista DVD that my buddy can loan me and I have my serial key on the underside of the machine. Can I install it this way and will it activate?
     
  4. urie

    urie Moderator
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    #4 urie, Jun 29, 2009
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    OK doktornotor, is talking garbage because i knoe HP machines don't come with recovery disks you have to make them and you only get one shot:mad:

    You can modify your buddies dvd just read thread here on how to make your own OEM vista dvd
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2389

    also look at this thread for OEM keys
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2581

    you will also need a certificate if your machine is still up and running go to windows\system32\oem folder you will find it there but dont worry certificates are available on the forum:D
     
  5. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    What urie says...the COA key on the underside of the computer is useless for you..:D
     
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