What if a hardware change happens?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by 123412345, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. 123412345

    123412345 MDL Novice

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    I had vista activated using soft slic method
    i installed daemon tools pro, created an ide drive
    after some (3 i think) days, without any prior notice, vista deactivated and did not let me to enter at all. i had 3 options, enter new key, help and another one, i don't remember
    now what? i managed eventually to enter, and now i have 14 days left to activate. nothing i did mattered, i can't get it activated again.
    this is not that important, i will reinstall it, but for the futurre, what am i supposed to do to reactivate it without an reinstall?
    thank you
     
  2. ancestor(v)

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    I think this is an interesting question, though.
    For our expert staff: how exactly?
     
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  3. 123412345

    123412345 MDL Novice

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    it was by vistaloader, i had the screens with starting msdos and some additional data before the os select screen appeared

    l.e. and one more strage thing:
    after slmgr -rearm it gave me 15 days instead of 30 :(
     
  4. Yen

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    What about: (always wait for response after applying each command)
    slmgr -rilc
    slmgr -ilc C:\ <your cert.>
    slmgr -ipk <your key again>

    It's strange. I thought that that kind of license allows to change the 'hardware' except the mobo (bios:D).

    Yen
     
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  5. 123412345

    123412345 MDL Novice

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    tried already all of them
    and now it won't activate no matter what, i even flashed the bios with an slic one, and still won't accept the license. it accepts it, it says ok, but it won't activate
     
  6. Yen

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    Hmmm. I would do a reinstall of vista and activate it. After that save the tokens.dat. Keep it at a safe place. If this will happen again you can try to replace it with the saved one. (make a backup of tokens.dat for safety before)

    It could be that the hardware changing thing is stored at the tokens.dat. I've read that MS is using a kind of a counting system to count up at every change of 'hardware'. If some value is reached it disables the activation. But as I said I thought this is at another kind of license.

    Yen
     
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  7. 123412345

    123412345 MDL Novice

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    ok, thank you, i'll try that. meanwhile, anybody else has any ideea what could i do? i have quite a few programs installed, and i'd love to not reinstall them all :)