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Windows Vista Business Validation

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  • I have a client that has Windows Vista Business but its needs to be activated.  The key that is provided is invalid.  I have tried restoring it from the factory defaults and unfortuately, my client does not have any restore discs or the original installation CD.  I have looked on Microsoft's website for the option to purchase another key but can't find it.  Is it possible to purchase another key?  This would be the quickest way to get my client up and running again.
    Friday, October 12, 2012 9:28 PM

Answers

  • 0xC004F050
    usually means that you've misread a character - either C/G/6 or B/8 or Y/V are
    the most common.

    Note that the following characters cannot be used - A E I L N O S U Z 1 0 - so
    don't bother trying unless you like the noise it makes :)

    an O/0 is almost always a Q

    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quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:08 AM
    Moderator

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  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 3:59 AM
    Moderator
  • 0xC004F050
    usually means that you've misread a character - either C/G/6 or B/8 or Y/V are
    the most common.

    Note that the following characters cannot be used - A E I L N O S U Z 1 0 - so
    don't bother trying unless you like the noise it makes :)

    an O/0 is almost always a Q

    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!
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:08 AM
    Moderator