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  • I lost my product key for the Vista upgrade from XP on my new PC from Dell. Dell says to contact MS. I continued the installation but the software says I have 17 days to activate. Please advise.
    Saturday, April 7, 2007 3:19 PM

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  • How to replace lost, broken, or missing Microsoft software or hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/en-us

    Saturday, April 7, 2007 6:01 PM
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  • Thanks for your suggestion. The issue seems to be that the software came from an OEM upgrade via Dell and MS claims no responsibility for OEM products. By the way, Dell claims no responsibility either. Of course, it's MS that requires the key. I'm screwed.
    Sunday, April 8, 2007 11:14 PM
  • Just I thought, I contacted MS as you suggested. They could not help me and said Dell should provide key. Dell has said it is MS's problem. I am screwed.
    Monday, April 9, 2007 8:50 PM
  •  hmm.. geuss you and I are in the same boat as the saying goes, my advice is if you have a lagit (oem) version of xp, untell then save up the money and buy it at directon or 4surecomputers or some lagit place. my product key was probably defaced at dell, not trying to do any finger pointing or starting a flaming post but it's "pass the buck".

     

    Sunday, December 16, 2007 9:04 AM
  • You can use special software to recover your Windows key. Most of them support some versions of Windows and some other Microsoft products. Also there is a products like "Recover Keys" ( http://recover-keys.com/ ) that support all Windows versions and 300+ of other major software packages.

    Saturday, February 23, 2008 5:14 PM
  • I,ve figured out how to retrieve the key it's on the Vista cd, speaking of which the dell pc is in my wife name and tryed to ackivate it by phone, and to my suprise it come up with those three choices buy another key, enter new key or phone dell support, but when I went to phone dell support it bought up the microsoft help support, which makes me think, does dell have legit copys of Vista? Is'nt there piratecy issues hear?

     

    Friday, March 21, 2008 4:50 AM
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    You can use INNOBATE Product Key Recovery to recover your Windows Vista Product Key, if you have a working copy of Windows Vista.   INNOBATE Product Key Recovery will warn you to the possiblity if the key recovered from your system is an OEM product key.   Visit http://www.innobate.com or http://www.windowsmarketplace.com

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:30 PM