Activating Vista?

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

  1. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

    Jun 12, 2009
    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

    Feb 10, 2008
    #2 jasqid, Jun 29, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
    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

    Jun 12, 2009
    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
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    #4 urie, Jun 29, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: May 23, 2017
    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

    also look at this thread for OEM keys

    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

    Aug 13, 2008
    What urie says...the COA key on the underside of the computer is useless for you..:D
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