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  • I purchased this gateway notebook with Vista Premium installed 2 years ago. Last month the registry got corrupted and I had to wipe the hard drive. I reinstalled a temporary version of Vista Premium which, after 30 days, has demanded I enter a product key. I am now restricted to running Vista with "reduced functionality" which lets me do exactly one thing: run Firefox. I cannot get to the control panel or My Computer, but I can go to the Microsoft website...

    I cannot run any compatibility check programs I download off the Microsoft site to determine if Windows 7 would work on my system ("not enough quota is available to process this command"), nor does there seem to be a way to download Vista Premium off their site, even if I'm willing to pay for it *again*.

    So...what the heck do I do? I would really like to not have to purchase an entirely new OS and start from scratch, but how can I buy just the product key for my existing OS? Please help. Thanks.

    Friday, October 28, 2011 6:05 AM

Answers

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:31 PM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 7:18 PM
    Moderator
  • There should be a sticker on your laptop with a product key on it.
     
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    "Kira Speaks" wrote in message news:c2921680-b997-41e6-bc52-2c0021dbc051...
    >I purchased this gateway notebook with Vista Premium installed 2 years ago.
    >Last month the registry got corrupted and I had to wipe the hard drive. I
    >reinstalled a temporary version of Vista Premium which, after 30 days, has
    >demanded I enter a product key. I am now restricted to running Vista with
    >"reduced functionality" which lets me do exactly one thing: run Firefox. I
    >cannot get to the control panel or My Computer, but I can go to the
    >Microsoft website...
    >
    > I cannot run any compatibility check programs I download off the Microsoft
    > site to determine if Windows 7 would work on my system ("not enough quota
    > is available to process this command"), nor does there seem to be a way to
    > download Vista Premium off their site, even if I'm willing to pay for it
    > *again*.
    >
    > So...what the heck do I do? I would really like to not have to purchase an
    > entirely new OS and start from scratch, but how can I buy just the product
    > key for my existing OS? Please help. Thanks.
    >
     
     
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:31 PM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 7:44 PM

All replies

    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:31 PM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 7:18 PM
    Moderator
  • There should be a sticker on your laptop with a product key on it.
     
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    ..
    --
    "Kira Speaks" wrote in message news:c2921680-b997-41e6-bc52-2c0021dbc051...
    >I purchased this gateway notebook with Vista Premium installed 2 years ago.
    >Last month the registry got corrupted and I had to wipe the hard drive. I
    >reinstalled a temporary version of Vista Premium which, after 30 days, has
    >demanded I enter a product key. I am now restricted to running Vista with
    >"reduced functionality" which lets me do exactly one thing: run Firefox. I
    >cannot get to the control panel or My Computer, but I can go to the
    >Microsoft website...
    >
    > I cannot run any compatibility check programs I download off the Microsoft
    > site to determine if Windows 7 would work on my system ("not enough quota
    > is available to process this command"), nor does there seem to be a way to
    > download Vista Premium off their site, even if I'm willing to pay for it
    > *again*.
    >
    > So...what the heck do I do? I would really like to not have to purchase an
    > entirely new OS and start from scratch, but how can I buy just the product
    > key for my existing OS? Please help. Thanks.
    >
     
     
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:31 PM
    Friday, October 28, 2011 7:44 PM