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Problem activating Vista today...

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February 17, 2008 10:29:14 PM

I've been able to activate Vista via the internet for about 10 times without a problem. I'm using the same computer and everything is the same. There's been no hardware changes, etc. What I've been doing is trying different partitions on my hard drive until I find one I'm comfortable with.

But tonight my luck ran out. I couldn't activate Vista via the internet. I got a message saying that Vista is already activated on another machine...I'm hoping that Microsoft is recognizing it's my own machine.

Anyways, I called them up and Microsoft activated it for me.

I asked the person on the phone if I would have the same problem again if I reformatted my hard drive and created new partitions again. He said he didn't know as he wasn't a tech person.

The only thing different about this time was I tried to activate Vista more than once in the same day.

Can someone explain what may have happened as to why I wasn't able to activate this time?

Or is there a limit that Microsoft puts on the number of times you can activate over the internet.

Thanks for the help.
February 18, 2008 11:14:01 PM

The question is "Why do you activate Vista???".

When testing like that, do not activate it and you will have a trial of 30 days!

Do your setup, install your programs and if after that everything work fine and you are satisfied, then activate Vista, else, reformat and restart.
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February 19, 2008 11:06:00 AM

You're right. I shouldn't have been activating each time. I was worried that after entering my key during the installation phase that someone could've stolen my key and activated it before me. Then I would've been done for. Thanks for the heads up for next time.
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