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  • My windows xp temporary trial ended without having a chance to activate it. I bought windows vista to install and that product key won't work. I don't have access to my computer other than to try to activate windows. How or what do I need to do to get this working? This is incredibly important..i'm in college and school has already started.
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 12:23 AM


  • You need to activate your installed copy of Windows XP before you can upgrade to Windows Vista.  Once Windows XP is activated, you need to boot to the Windows XP desktop and then insert the Windows Vista upgrade disc in the DVD drive to begin the upgrade.

    Please see: Windows XP Logs You Off When You Try to Activate the Product

    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:55 PM
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 2:11 AM