Invalid Product Key on two year old active product RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've had a trusty Gateway laptop for 23 months.  Yesterday I got a msg "The Windows Home Vista Product Key is invalid for activation".  I have followed the instructions to reinstall my product key several times, with out success. 

    1. How can my product be invalid?  I've been using it for nearly two years without incident. 

    2. I didn't change any settings or add any new hardware recently. 

    Does anyone have experience with this?

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:59 PM



    In order to recieve the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue" click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.

    If you do not have access to the Start Button:

    1) Login to Vista and Click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.

    2) Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.

    3) A window will come up asking if you want to Run or Save, Select Run

    4) When the program runs, Click the Continue button, then click the Copy button.

    5) Return to this thread by Typing: http://forums.community.microsoft.com/en-US/genuinevista/thread/8a57a012-8f38-4430-a632-fffcdffcaf75 into the browser address bar.

    6) In a reply post, Paste the Diagnostic Report.

    Attention Forum All Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:29 PM
    Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:59 PM