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  • Question

  •  I get a Windows Activation message that says:

    "The product key you typed is already in use. To activate Windows you will
    need another Windows Vista Business product key. I do not have another
    Windows Vista Business product key and need to buy a new one online.

    but everything is legal and i can't avtivate windows with my key.

    two times i activated windows with this key with no problem and now i can't

    How i can resolve this problem?







    Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:45 AM


  • Hi Georgeee,

      Yes, that is a crummy error message (I've tried to get it changed). All that error means is that you need to Activate by Phone.

    To Activate by Phone:
    a) If you have access to the Start button: Click the Start button, and type slui 4 in the search field and then press the "Enter" key. This will bring up the Activate by Phone dialog window. Follow the steps provided by the window. The phone activation process should only take about 6 minutes.

    b) If you do not have access to the Start button: Reboot and login to Vista, a dialog window will come up. In that window, click the option "Access computer with reduced functionality". Once you do that, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser will open. In the address bar type c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe press enter, a new window will come up, type: slui 4 and hit enter and follow steps to Activate over the Phone.

    NOTE: The important thing to this process is that you need to talk to a Live Activation Rep! When you first call, you will be interacting with an Automated Voice, either select the option to talk to a Live Rep or if there is no option, do not enter any numbers. This should force the automated voice to transfer you to a Live Rep.

    Thank you,

    Darin MS
    Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:07 PM