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Windows Vista Home premium is not activated after my factory restore?

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  • I recently restored my Dell XPS 410 pc to its factory settings by holding F8 on start-up and then doing a restore using the factory restore image. After completing the restore, Vista started giving me weird error messages about the product not be activated. If i try to access the control panel, when i get into the control panel, there are no options for me to choose. Also, when i click start and then right click computer and then select properties, Vista will not allow me to access the computer properties. I sometimes get messages such as "An unauthorized change was made to windows" and when i start up a user account this message displays and then kicks me back to the home screen.

    Does anyone have any solutions for this?

    I have the Vista product key and even the one time i could manage to get into the computer properties and click "click here to activate windows now", again Vista blocked me and threw the "An unauthorized change was made to windows" message.

    Saturday, June 9, 2012 5:42 PM

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  • "cschwab145" wrote in message news:a40dfd8d-fbd9-4ff8-8f89-e2d4c3166a50...

    I recently restored my Dell XPS 410 pc to its factory settings by holding F8 on start-up and then doing a restore using the factory restore image. After completing the restore, Vista started giving me weird error messages about the product not be activated. If i try to access the control panel, when i get into the control panel, there are no options for me to choose. Also, when i click start and then right click computer and then select properties, Vista will not allow me to access the computer properties. I sometimes get messages such as "An unauthorized change was made to windows" and when i start up a user account this message displays and then kicks me back to the home screen.

    Does anyone have any solutions for this?

    I have the Vista product key and even the one time i could manage to get into the computer properties and click "click here to activate windows now", again Vista blocked me and threw the "An unauthorized change was made to windows" message.

    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
    (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
    Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
    To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
      - **in your own thread**, please
     
    Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
     

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Saturday, June 9, 2012 9:13 PM
    Moderator

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  • "cschwab145" wrote in message news:a40dfd8d-fbd9-4ff8-8f89-e2d4c3166a50...

    I recently restored my Dell XPS 410 pc to its factory settings by holding F8 on start-up and then doing a restore using the factory restore image. After completing the restore, Vista started giving me weird error messages about the product not be activated. If i try to access the control panel, when i get into the control panel, there are no options for me to choose. Also, when i click start and then right click computer and then select properties, Vista will not allow me to access the computer properties. I sometimes get messages such as "An unauthorized change was made to windows" and when i start up a user account this message displays and then kicks me back to the home screen.

    Does anyone have any solutions for this?

    I have the Vista product key and even the one time i could manage to get into the computer properties and click "click here to activate windows now", again Vista blocked me and threw the "An unauthorized change was made to windows" message.

    To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
    (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
    Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
    To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
      - **in your own thread**, please
     
    Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
     

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Saturday, June 9, 2012 9:13 PM
    Moderator
  • No reply from the Original Poster.

    Issue is assumed to be resolved.


    Darin MS

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:32 PM