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  • hello,

    I have a mac book and i installed windows vista geniune through boot camp. I recently dropped my computer which had a 3rd party 120GB hard drive in it. I went to the apple store but they couldn't fix it wih the 3rd party drive so i put the old one back in and they fixed it with that. I can no use this 120GB hard drive anymore and it had my windows vista on it. Is there any way i can use my windows vista DVD to reinstall it on the same computer just a different hard drive?



    Saturday, December 22, 2007 5:02 PM


  • Hi Joe smo Smith,


      Yes, you can reinstall on the new hard drive. You will, however, need to Re-activate using the Activate by Phone method below.



    a) If you have access to the Start button: Click the Start button, and type in "slui.exe 4" in the search field and then press the "Enter" key. This will bring up the Activate by Phone dialog window. Follow the steps provided by the window. The phone activation process should only take about 6 minutes.

    b) If you do not have access to the Start button: Reboot and login to Vista, a dialog window will come up. In that window, click the option "Access computer with reduced functionality". Once you do that, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser will open. In the address bar type "c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe" press enter, a new window will come up, type: slui 4 and hit enterand follow steps to Activate over the Phone.

    NOTE: The key to this process is that you need to talk to a Live Activation Rep! When you first call, you will be interacting with an Automated Voice, either select the option to talk to a Live Rep or if there is no option, do not enter any numbers. This should force the automated voice to tansfer you to a Live Rep.


    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:31 PM