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Topic # 14193 20-Jun-2007 19:06
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I hope someone can help here.

Two restarts ago Vista "installed" my HDD again.

Now Vista is saying that I must Activate Vista again, and that I need to buy a new key.

Why is this happening? Do I need to contact MS about this directly?

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  Reply # 75391 20-Jun-2007 20:03
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So I called MS and they have re-activated the software over the phone.

Well according to MS I will need to re-activate my copy of windows everytime I install/uninstall a new piece of software or hardware.

And that I will need to call them everytime to do this.

Is this true? As I have installed hardware/software and uninstalled it on this PC several times.

Maybe it was because I uninstalled 4 pieces of software and installed a webcam all at once?


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  Reply # 75393 20-Jun-2007 20:09
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I would image it was because of it reinstalling the HDD Driver because that is a central piece of equipment you could have imaged your harddrive and so copied vista so that would require you to re-activate.



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  Reply # 75394 20-Jun-2007 20:10
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Sorry, what I meant by HDD was not the disk with vista on it, its a disk which has XP on there and nothing else

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  Reply # 75397 20-Jun-2007 20:20
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all i can say is weird then.

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  Reply # 75435 20-Jun-2007 22:30
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i believe i have read somewhere in some forums and some people have experienced it (could not remember the context, could not find those posts now sorry) before! weird!! ermm ... the solution - there could even have been a fix but sorry just can't remember nor find the posts! (worse come to worse just re-activate, it should work. if it doesnt try again in a few hours, and again in a few hours, should work. i reformatted/reinstalled an oem and it worked at 3rd try! weird aye)




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  Reply # 75445 20-Jun-2007 23:19
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freitasm: This is your problem: Windows Vista bug forces users to reactivate after installing new device drivers or software.

The solution is here.




That solution does not seem to work? It has been removed or the link is incorrect? I see now, here is the correct link



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  Reply # 75448 20-Jun-2007 23:24
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Great!!!!

I cannot even use the update! It apparently does not apply to me! When it obviously does.

Ok it does not apply, becuase it is already installed! Ive had this update since 10/03/07 and it obviously doesnt work. The comments in freitasm's first link point out that some of them have already had the update yet still get the same problem as myself.

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  Reply # 75452 21-Jun-2007 00:39
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The re-activation with new hardware thing does not seem to have any real consistency to it... I added another 2GB of RAM and I had to re-activate but when I later added a new CPU it wasn't an issue. Two days later I formatted and did a clean install and activated with no issues. It's all a little odd

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