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Vista says it is deactivated

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Alex Ethridge, Sep 21, 2008.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I changed the network card and the DVD drive. The network card is the same brand and the DVD burner is the same brand and model. The only other thing I did was temporarily connect additional hard disks so I could copy files from them in the normal operation of my work backing up files before I work on a system.

    I've never had this happen with XP. Does Vista use a tighter scheme? If so, this is going to be a major problem for me as I do these kinds of things almost daily.
     
  2. rebon

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    All I can think of is you must have an OEM version of vista, because you changed hardware it has deactivated, ring Microsoft for a new key. They will ask for you cd key that came with your OEM vista disk.
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    No, it is the retail, off-the-shelf version.

    Here's the clincher. After I posted here, I put back in the DVD drive and the network card that was in the machine when I loaded Windows to begin with. I started Windows and checked Computer properties and it now says Windows is activated.

    This is just too restrictive. This is going to be a real problem. So much so, I think it is a violation of my license agreement. I mean if I can't even change a network card and DVD burner without tipping the cart, it can make things for a tinkerer/troubleshooter, impossible.
     
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