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i have validated my pc , but in system properties it says 16 days to activate RRS feed

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  • i had to set pc to facory settings , i added my prod number and it said " already being used  so i went through the validation process genuine microsoft software ,

    then its says " VALIDATION COMPLETE "


    Thank you for completing the validation process and for using genuine Microsoft software.

    By using genuine Microsoft software, you can be confident that you will have access to the latest features, security, and support, which will help to improve your productivity and expand the capabilities of your computer.

    You will also have access to new innovations and offerings available only to genuine Microsoft software customers

    does that mean its ok , and also i used diagnoctic tool and it gave me a list of numbers , it shown the last 15 numbers of prod number and it matches mine . i am so confused .

     


    Raymond .
    Friday, July 30, 2010 3:49 PM

Answers

  • Hello Raymond,

    Activation and Validation are two seperate things.

    I assume your copy of Vista came pre-install on the computer.

    Computers, which are built by large manufactures that come with Windows Pre-Installed, come with two (2) Product Keys:


    A) OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Windows, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the OEM Bios Flag found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Windows was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Windows looks at the motherboard and sees the proper OEM Bios Flag (for that Manufacturer and that version of Windows) and Self-Activates. (that's why you did not need to Activate your computer after you brought it home)

    B)  COA SLP: This is the Product key that you see on the sticker on the side (or bottom) of your computer. It is a valid product key, but should only be used in limited situations (sush as if the OEM SLP key stops self-activating for whatever reason). (Note: All manufacturers that use the OEM SLP system are required by contract to include a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker, that has a COA SLP key, on the computer)

       Your Windows is likely using an OEM SLP key, but (for whatever reason) cannot see the OEM Bios Flag in the computer’s motherboard and is unable to Self-Activate.
      To fix the issue, you will need to change out the OEM SLP key with the COA SLP key.  The normal way to do this is to click the ‘Start’ button, right-click ‘Computer’, select ‘Properties’ and then click ‘Change Product Key’ (located in the lower right-hand side of the window). Enter the COA SLP key and follow the instructions in the Change Product Key Wizard. Once done, you will need to Activate by the By Phone method.

    Alternate steps to change the product key

    1) Click the Start button
    2) Type: slui.exe 3 and hit the Enter key
    3) Type in the Product key from the sticker on your computer
    4) Click the Next button.
    5) You will be asked if want to Activate, click ok
    6) It will attempt to Activate by the internet and will return an Invalid Key error (this is ok, continue to step 7)
    7) Click the Start button
    8) Type: slui.exe 4 and hit the Enter key
    9) Select your location in the drop down menu and click the Next button
    10) The next screen provides the number to call to Activate by Phone

    NOTE: when you call that number, you will first hear an Automated Voice. If the Automated Voice gives you an option to talk to a Live Activation Rep., select that option. If not, do not enter any numbers. This should force the Automated Voice to transfer you to a Live Activation Rep. Trying to Activate thru the Automated Voice will not work, in your case; only thru the Live Activation Rep. will your Activation be successful.

    If I am incorrect in my assumption or if you have any problems following the steps to resolve the issue, please download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the "Copy" button then “Paste” the report into a reply message in this thread.

    Thank you,


    Darin MS
    Friday, July 30, 2010 6:58 PM

All replies

  • Hello Raymond,

    Activation and Validation are two seperate things.

    I assume your copy of Vista came pre-install on the computer.

    Computers, which are built by large manufactures that come with Windows Pre-Installed, come with two (2) Product Keys:


    A) OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Windows, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the OEM Bios Flag found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Windows was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Windows looks at the motherboard and sees the proper OEM Bios Flag (for that Manufacturer and that version of Windows) and Self-Activates. (that's why you did not need to Activate your computer after you brought it home)

    B)  COA SLP: This is the Product key that you see on the sticker on the side (or bottom) of your computer. It is a valid product key, but should only be used in limited situations (sush as if the OEM SLP key stops self-activating for whatever reason). (Note: All manufacturers that use the OEM SLP system are required by contract to include a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker, that has a COA SLP key, on the computer)

       Your Windows is likely using an OEM SLP key, but (for whatever reason) cannot see the OEM Bios Flag in the computer’s motherboard and is unable to Self-Activate.
      To fix the issue, you will need to change out the OEM SLP key with the COA SLP key.  The normal way to do this is to click the ‘Start’ button, right-click ‘Computer’, select ‘Properties’ and then click ‘Change Product Key’ (located in the lower right-hand side of the window). Enter the COA SLP key and follow the instructions in the Change Product Key Wizard. Once done, you will need to Activate by the By Phone method.

    Alternate steps to change the product key

    1) Click the Start button
    2) Type: slui.exe 3 and hit the Enter key
    3) Type in the Product key from the sticker on your computer
    4) Click the Next button.
    5) You will be asked if want to Activate, click ok
    6) It will attempt to Activate by the internet and will return an Invalid Key error (this is ok, continue to step 7)
    7) Click the Start button
    8) Type: slui.exe 4 and hit the Enter key
    9) Select your location in the drop down menu and click the Next button
    10) The next screen provides the number to call to Activate by Phone

    NOTE: when you call that number, you will first hear an Automated Voice. If the Automated Voice gives you an option to talk to a Live Activation Rep., select that option. If not, do not enter any numbers. This should force the Automated Voice to transfer you to a Live Activation Rep. Trying to Activate thru the Automated Voice will not work, in your case; only thru the Live Activation Rep. will your Activation be successful.

    If I am incorrect in my assumption or if you have any problems following the steps to resolve the issue, please download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool (MGADiag.exe) at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue", click the "Copy" button then “Paste” the report into a reply message in this thread.

    Thank you,


    Darin MS
    Friday, July 30, 2010 6:58 PM
  • Thanks Darin    
    Raymond .
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:12 PM