can't use vista cd key

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Master chief, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Master chief

    Master chief MDL Novice

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    I have a genuine cd key of vista . I use this many time with my old PC and I bought a new PC I can't use that key . I'm sure that I have uninstalled window vista in my old PC
     
  2. reginakampher

    reginakampher MDL Addicted

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    Retail keys are tied to only one PC. You cannot transfer the key to another PC.
     
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  3. reginakampher

    reginakampher MDL Addicted

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    #4 reginakampher, Jul 14, 2008
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    I stand corrected. Here is an excerpt of the Vista EULA
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    15. REASSIGN TO ANOTHER DEVICE.
    a. Software Other than Windows Anytime Upgrade.  You may
               uninstall the software and install it on another device for your 
               use. You may not do so to share this license between devices.
    In addition, it appears you are also allowed to make a one time transfer to a third party.
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    16. TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY.
    a. Software Other Than Windows Anytime Upgrade.  The first user of
              the software may make a one time transfer of the software, and
              this agreement, directly to a third party.  The first user must
              uninstall the software before transferring it separately from the
              device.  The first user may not retain any copies.
    WOW, this was news to me. Thanks FixedBit.
     
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  4. Master chief

    Master chief MDL Novice

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    how can I uninstall vista in my old Pc???
     
  5. ailef

    ailef MDL Senior Member

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    the key is registered on microsoft servers with your old hardware.
    to unlock it, u have to follow the vista instructions to activate by phone.
    vista will give you a key that u'll have to use with the automatic phone service activation. after u'll enter the key with your phone, they'll give u a key to unlock your licence and your vista will be activated again.
     
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  6. Master chief

    Master chief MDL Novice

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    how can I call to microsoft and unlock my key ? vista didn't give me any key