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Vista activation...

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  • I bought a Lenovo Ideacentre K210 back in 2008.  It's had Vista Home Premium installed from Lenovo.  I messed up an install of Ubuntu and had to format the drive and start all over.  Inever got a DVD from Lenovo with a Vista recovery on it so I grabbed the DVD of Vista Home Premium I have from a Gateway, installed it andtreied to activate Vista using the activation code on the Genuine Microsoft sticker on the side of the CPU.  When I trey the activation it comes back and says that the activation code is invalid.  I have called support 5 times in the last 3 days and none of them have gotten me though this problem.  I have a Toshiba Satilliet that I've had the same problem with.  Seriously, I understand preotecting your intellectual property but when I pay for it I expect to be able to use the stuff. 

    What do I do to get the activation to work?  I'm in Australia now not the U.S.

    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP, Moderator Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:44 PM Moved to more appropriate forum category (From:Feedback and Comments)
    Monday, August 27, 2012 5:36 AM

Answers

  • To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
    (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
     Once saved, run the tool.
    Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
     To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
      - **in your own thread**, please

    Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

    You cannot install Recovery software from one machine onto another - quite apart from any issue with Windows, there are issues with every other piece of software bundled as well.

    From what I can make out, you appear to have done this with not just one, but with TWO machines - both times ignoring the fact that the manufacturer provided the means for a reinstall with the machine in the form of a Recovery partition - from which you may or may not have also been able to create a set of Recovery disks.

    You should in theory reformat and rinstall using the proper manufacturer's Recovery media, or a Retail disk of the proper Windows version for each machine.


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    Monday, August 27, 2012 10:29 AM
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