Hosed Vista key, now asking for new key upon startup. HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by x3ro, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. x3ro

    x3ro MDL Novice

    May 27, 2008
    I screwed up and I'm hoping that someone can help me solve it:

    Here's what happened:

    1. I had Vista Ultimate installed for close to a year now, activated and genuine using VistaLoader

    2. This weekend I downloaded the Windows 7 beta, and installed it on a separate partition.

    3. Once I did that, I realized I screwed up, and had to put in my Vista DVD to repair the boot thingy so I could dual boot both OSes.

    4. Once I booted back into Vista, I noticed that my activation thing said "15 days left before you must activate Vista"

    5. I tried to uninstall VistaLoader, and used the VOATK tools to remove the key and blah blah.

    6. Now when I boot back to Vista, and try to log on, I get the prompt asking me to enter a valid key.

    What the hell am I possibly doing wrong? Please! I can't do a fresh format of vista, as there's tons of stuff I need to back up.

    I was trying to use WoW6 and boot from usb or cd, but I can't get them to boot! I don't know WTF is wrong. I have the boot order set correctly in the bios and everything, but it won't boot from USB or CD :(
  2. cliffro

    cliffro MDL Novice

    Nov 18, 2008
    LOL, not to laugh at your situation or anything BUT I had the same thing happen.

    I tried everything shy of using a modded BIOS, since I was like a fraidy cat about using one......Till I realized it was my only option short of reinstalling.

    So yeah, I recommend using a modded bios, and then install the cert and key.