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  • If I reinstall my windows vista ultimate 64 bit by formatting the drive its on and then reinstalling (on the same drive, same computer) using the same key (1 activation) will it still work? I have read that it will most of the time by itself or if not, through phone activation, but I wanted be 100 percent sure.

    Thanks.
    Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:43 PM

Answers

  • Bob,

    There are a couple factors involved. What version of Vista did you purchase?  If you have OEM System Builder and have not changed major components such as the motherboard then you should be okay. 
    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows Vista.

    1. What edition/version of Windows Vista is titled?

    ·         Home Basic

    ·         Home Premium 

    ·         Business

    ·         Ultimate

    2. Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3. Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4. Please provide the customer scenario you are experiencing.

    5. DO NOT post the Product Key. 

    Not sure what to look for, see this page to reference your COA:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=b5c507e5-3522-40de-a2f4-97d82b39cc47&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=oem&displaylang=en

    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT does NOT contain any information that can personally identify you. The information can be fully reviewed, by you, before being posted.



    Thank you,


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager


    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 12, 2009 8:33 PM
    Monday, January 12, 2009 8:33 PM
  • Morning Bob,

    You should not have a problem unless you have performed major hardware upgrades such as a motherboard change. OEM System Builder licensing for example are tied to the motherboard. Retail licensing can be moved from machine to machine as long as you uninstall from the previous system.  Take care.... :-)


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:21 PM
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:20 PM

All replies

  • Bob,

    There are a couple factors involved. What version of Vista did you purchase?  If you have OEM System Builder and have not changed major components such as the motherboard then you should be okay. 
    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows Vista.

    1. What edition/version of Windows Vista is titled?

    ·         Home Basic

    ·         Home Premium 

    ·         Business

    ·         Ultimate

    2. Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3. Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4. Please provide the customer scenario you are experiencing.

    5. DO NOT post the Product Key. 

    Not sure what to look for, see this page to reference your COA:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=b5c507e5-3522-40de-a2f4-97d82b39cc47&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=oem&displaylang=en

    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT does NOT contain any information that can personally identify you. The information can be fully reviewed, by you, before being posted.



    Thank you,


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager


    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 12, 2009 8:33 PM
    Monday, January 12, 2009 8:33 PM
  • 1. What edition/version of Windows Vista is titled?

    ·         Ultimate (64bit)

    2. Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    N/A

    3. Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    N/A


    I got this product as part of the Microsoft Partner Program. 
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 1:19 AM
  • Morning Bob,

    You should not have a problem unless you have performed major hardware upgrades such as a motherboard change. OEM System Builder licensing for example are tied to the motherboard. Retail licensing can be moved from machine to machine as long as you uninstall from the previous system.  Take care.... :-)


    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager
    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:21 PM
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:20 PM