windows Vista oem activation error

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  1. fq360

    fq360 MDL Novice

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    ok so here goes. I have a Packard bell bv easynote mh36 laptop that came pre installed with Vista home basic

    the problem was the HDD packed up, so I bought a new HDD installed it and ran install vista

    but when I try to activate it it says error code 0xc004e003

    my product id is OEM-7332166-00190

    now im not sure if theres a tool that I need to reinstall certificates and alike

    any help in trying to activate this would be appreciated

    thanks
     
  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    No COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop with the product key ?
     
  3. fq360

    fq360 MDL Novice

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    yes ive got the product key, no issues there but it wont activate, ive used the slic toolkit and it says theres no oem certificate installed

    so I need to find where to get it from and install it
     
  4. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Activate it by phone
     
  5. fq360

    fq360 MDL Novice

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    tried but it wont even bring up that part, tried cmd slui 4 but still no dice, spoke to MS they said contact vendor, so im at a loss
     
  6. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Try using MTK to run phone activation

    Phone activation should work fine, is it a fresh install of a genuine copy?
     
  7. fq360

    fq360 MDL Novice

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    yes its fresh copy of a genuine vista retail x32, what do you mean by MTK?
     
  8. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Not 100% sure, but iirc you need to install Vista OEM with an OEM disk if you want to use your OEM key, definitely have to with XP, do not have to with 7, I think Vista still needs the OEM disk though, that would explain why your key doesn't work, you have installed a retail copy

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/28669-Microsoft-Toolkit-Official-KMS-Solution-for-Microsoft-Products


     
  9. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    @fq360

    Use Windows Loader to install appropriate cert & serial.

    @MrMagic

    MTK uses the same method of Phone activation included in Windows.
     
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  10. fq360

    fq360 MDL Novice

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    wish id of seen your post a bit earlier, I managed to loate the relevant cert and installed it manually in cmd prompt and hey presto all activated now, big thanks to everyone here for helping, really appreciate it
     
  11. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Thanks

    Was I right in remembering that XP & Vista still need an OEM disk, or did that stop when Vista arrived? I can never remember when they changed it
     
  12. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Slightly wrong; only XP. From Vista, things are changed.

    :D
     
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  13. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Ah from Vista, I couldn't remember if it was from Vista or 7 :)

    Cheers