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31-Mar-2008, 12:01 PM #1
"Your windows license will expire in 7days?" What?!
Hi all,
I remember a week or so ago being told that windows was going to be deactivated in X number of days (13 i think), got up, came back and the message had gone. I sort of forgot about it, but this time i managed to click it before it disappeared and got a screenie (See below). I have been recently dual booting with ubuntu (ubuntu on external disk, GRUB on internal. Grrrr!) so haven't been on vista at all i think for a while, so it might have given me more warning, it might not have. I've taken a screenie, but points to note:

1) Screen shot can be viewed here.
2) This is a perfectly legit copy of vista.
3) Vista Home premium.
4) I haven't got an awful lot of space right now on any hard drives, so backing up could be an issue (maybe i'll delete my acronis backup and replace it with a heirachy type style)
5) Won't re-installing it give me an identical error later on? Whether it be a week, two weeks, a month or six months, i'm not regularly going to do this!
6) Vista has been installed for over a year i think on this PC, so it's quite annoying!

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31-Mar-2008, 12:09 PM #2
Have you made any hardware changes lately?? Sometimes this can remove activation from Vista. Also, since this is a legit copy of Windows, you should have no problem contacting Microsoft and receiving another activation code.
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31-Mar-2008, 12:17 PM #3
Dosn't seem right. That is the message you would normally receive on a Beta release.
Have you tried applying for a new key through the Control Panel (Clasic view - System - at the bootom "Apply for new product key"
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31-Mar-2008, 03:18 PM #4
Phoned up + had a lengthy convo with microsoft. They've said:
-It might be confused with SP1 beta, and that's expiring in 7 days.
-That they will get us a new product key.

Either way i'm not waiting for it to die to find out i've got a messed up PC. Last thing before thread marked solved; If i put in a home premium Product key, and currently have home premium, will i need to do any installation or anything, as i really wan't to have to go through vista install again. I just don't have the time or effort

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01-Apr-2008, 01:15 AM #5
You could also uninstall the SP1 Beta, of course, perhaps that would be enough?
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22-Jul-2008, 06:44 PM #6
I had exactly the same problem. Check out the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, which ecplains how to fix.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954753/en-us
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