Windows vista OEM activation RRS feed

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  • Hi.
    I have windows vista business x86 OEM. This version of vista was on my old computer for 5 days.. my old computer have motherboard isuses, and i jave must buy new PC (old was socket 478 and celeron CPU) I have new pc but i cant activate vista... Is it possbile bo activate it on some way? Please its very important to me. I use this vista only five days.. Im from Croatia. Schould i call Microsoft Croatia?
    Sunday, April 12, 2009 10:02 PM


  • Hello mac_01,

      If your issue was just Activation related, I could help you, but your issue involves a question of Licensing that I am not an expert in.

      My understanding is that one of the reasons an OEM copy of Windows cost less then a Retail copy is because an OEM copy of Vista is bound to the first computer it is installed on and once installed on that computer, it is not licensed to be used on any other computer.

      My recommendation is that you ask in one of the Vista Answers forums (http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsvista/) regarding the OEM Licensing rules. There may be someone that can provide better clarity that I can.

      Calling Microsoft Croatia would also be a good idea, in case the Republic of Croatia is covered under different Licensing rules.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help,
    Darin MS
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    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:17 AM