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Vista Home Basic Product Key Invalid? Dell Inspiron laptop - why am I being asked for a new key? Please help. RRS feed

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  • Some time ago, I purchased my wife a Dell laptop with Windows Vista Home Basic preinstalled.  It has been working fine for many months.

    Today, I did a simple reboot on her system, and when attempting to log into Windows following the reboot, I am presented with a message stating the following:

    "The Windows Vista Home Basic product key you typed is invalid for activation."

    I am presented with the following 3 options:

    • Access your computer with reduced functionality
    • Type a different product key
    • Contact Dell to help resolve this problem

    I've already contacted Dell, who were suprisingly unhelpful, demanding I pay for support before they'd do anything to help me. 

    Please help me with this issue - my wife would very much like it if I could recover her system without losing all her data.  Can anyone help?

    Based on other reading I've done here on the forums, it seems as though you want a Diagnostic Report in order to provide assistance, so please find that information below. 

    Any help would be enormously appreciated by my wife and I.

    Monday, March 16, 2009 5:22 AM

Answers

  • Hi jsilas,

      

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

    A)   OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Vista, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the special instructions found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Vista was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Vista looks at the motherboard and sees the special instructions 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. The key must be Activated by Phone. (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 Vista is using an OEM SLP key, but (for whatever reason) cannot see the special instructions 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.

     

    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.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS

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    Monday, March 16, 2009 11:45 PM

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    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.1):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0xc004c4a8
    Cached Validation Code: 0xc004c4a8
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4WD8X-M9WM7-CH4CG
    Windows Product Key Hash: EkdqJZ28Y9zyrh7DU/lHNjTXlQY=
    Windows Product ID: 89572-OEM-7332166-00096
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.002
    ID: {A8612553-93C2-41AA-869B-7E2193536786}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612
    TTS Error:
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: 6.0.6002.16398

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WGATray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 108 Invalid VLK
    Microsoft Office Professional 2007 - 108 Invalid VLK
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{A8612553-93C2-41AA-869B-7E2193536786}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0006.1</Version><OS>6.0.6001.2.00010300.1.0.002</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-CH4CG</PKey><PID>89572-OEM-7332166-00096</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-4162043894-1841656924-3314663607</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>Inspiron 1525                   </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>A08</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080107000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>95323507018400FA</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time(GMT-08:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>DELL  </OEMID><OEMTableID>M08    </OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>108</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-0014-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>108</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Professional 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>509FB8BB7AE76BA</Val><Hash>veyoaiclTs0sxx5rWKMjSDR2r8U=</Hash><Pid>81605-861-1121682-65557</Pid><PidType>8</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="19" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="1A" Version="12" Result="108"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="108"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

    Licensing Data-->
    C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs(1635, 9) (null): 0xC004E017

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: PgAAAAEABgABAAIAAQABAAAABAABAAEAJJS8Y1bwtsBszMCyCiVsPEaD9nMGpJT78vRQSv+uQGOWI6xWKoU=

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
    Windows marker version: 0x20000
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
    BIOS Information:
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
      APIC   DELL    M08   
      FACP   DELL    M08   
      HPET   DELL    M08   
      BOOT   DELL    M08   
      MCFG   DELL    M08   
      SLIC   DELL    M08   
      OSFR   DELL    M08   
      SSDT   PmRef  CpuPm


     

    Monday, March 16, 2009 5:25 AM
  • Hi jsilas,

      

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

    A)   OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Vista, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the special instructions found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Vista was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Vista looks at the motherboard and sees the special instructions 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. The key must be Activated by Phone. (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 Vista is using an OEM SLP key, but (for whatever reason) cannot see the special instructions 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.

     

    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.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers.
    Monday, March 16, 2009 11:45 PM
  • I am encountering this same issue except with Vista Home Premium.  I have attempted to run the SLUI.EXE from a command prompt and I am prompted for the COA on the bottom of my laptop.  But when I run SLUI.EXE 4 as stated on step 8, I just get brought back to the page to change the product key.  I never see a phone number to call.  Is the process the same for Home Basic and Home Premium?  I don't have a start button, I am running the computer with limited functionality and accessing the files from Internet Explorer.  Is there another way to change this?

    I tried phoning Dell and got the same run around, the warranty on my laptop expired on Mar. 10, then 6 days later I'm hit with this.  Obviously something went wrong when the imaged/built this system.  I was stuck on infinite hold while wating for a supervisor.  Dell's service has fallen way down.  No wonder my company (3000+ systems) is thinking of going with another vendor for it's PCs.
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 5:54 AM
  • Hi Ravenkind5499,

      I suggest contacting your local Activation Call Center. They should be able to walk you thru the process.


     Worldwide Activation Call Center list http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/numbers.mspx


    Darin


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    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 6:09 PM
  • I'm having a similar issue - do these steps result in your hard drive being wiped?

     

    Thanks

    Sunday, August 15, 2010 4:17 PM