Vista says Windows is invalid after update RRS feed

  • Question

  • Why oh why doesn't MS take some of that marketing money and just make a product that works? After a Vista update my computer first started saying my OEM version of Windows was expired and needed the key- then wouldn't accept my valid key - so I used a restore point and got it back up. 
    Then because the MS jokers have a security issure with IE7, I tried to download that update and now my computer lights up in startup reapir mode. I can get it back up again using another restore point. 

    I am angry...again...at myself for purchasing a MS product.    
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 2:07 AM


  • Do you need help? If so please run the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Test (MGADT) so that I may analyze the results.

    By clicking the link below, you will download the MGADT.  Then click the Run button. Then click the Run button again. Then click the Continue button to perform the diagnostic. The Windows tab should show, click the Copy button to paste your report to the clipboard.  Then paste the report into a New Post on this Forum by adding a post in it and pressing Ctrl V (to paste the text). Clicking the OK button will clear the Diagnostic window. Here is the download link:


    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows Vista.

    1. What edition/version of Windows XP is titled?

    ·         Home Basic

    ·         Home Premium 

    ·         Business

    ·         Ultimate

    2. Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3. Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4. Please provide the customer scenario you are experiencing.

    5. DO NOT post the Product Key. 

    Not sure what to look for, see this page to reference your COA:


    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT does NOT contain any information that can personally identify you. The information can be fully reviewed, by you, before being posted.

    Thank you for your participation here on the Genuine Advantage forum. We look forward to working with you.

    Stephen Holm, MS
    WGA Forum Manager

    Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, December 22, 2008 9:03 PM
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 7:57 PM