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Vista Home Basic authentication code

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February 15, 2011 12:07:56 PM

Lots of confusion on Authentication Codes. I lost my Vista Home Basic code.

What must I do to get my Vista legal again? It allowed installation, but warned that I still will need that code after installation, or else. Now what?
February 15, 2011 12:50:24 PM

Lost the code ?? -- Is the System a prebuilt or self assembled unit ? (normally the code is on the label attached to your system case so you do not lose it) Do you still have the original installation CD ? If it is an OEM prebuilt system contact the maker they can verify the serial # of the system and will give you info on how to obtain a new code or if self build call Microsoft support and explain the situation (have any purchase info you can find and the original CD ready)- they will verify the disk ( from the writing and codes written on the CD ) and usually will give you a new code.

If neither of those works then you will need to buy a new copy or buy a copy WIN 7 and install them using their code or risk losing use of the OS after the time period expires for authenticating the OS.
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