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I need to buy/find product key for activation of my window vista... they tell me

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February 6, 2013 8:08:11 PM

i need to buy/find product key for activation of my window vista... they tell me i need to buy windows 8 new OEM... any other options?
a b * Windows 8
February 6, 2013 9:06:08 PM

I don't think Microsoft is issuing any more Product Keys for Vista now that it's been discontinued, but your PC may not be compatible with Windows 8 either if the manufacturer has no Windows 8 drivers for it, so that may not be an option.

You could always consider a Linux distro like Ubuntu. It's free, no Product Key and no activation required: http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
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a b * Windows 8
February 8, 2013 9:12:24 AM

If the machine you need to activate Vista on, came with Vista, the product will be on a sticker either at the back (if it's a desktop) or at the bottom (if it's a laptop).
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a b * Windows 8
April 8, 2013 9:24:36 AM

Or you could pick up an old Vista retail version on ebay or some other online site. Why Vista at this late date?
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a b * Windows 8
April 8, 2013 11:43:40 AM

By "this late date" do you mean the thread started in February or Vista has been declared useless since it came out in 2006? :D 
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September 18, 2013 7:01:49 AM

The Stealthinator said:
If the machine you need to activate Vista on, came with Vista, the product will be on a sticker either at the back (if it's a desktop) or at the bottom (if it's a laptop).


I hope you're right! I will look when I get home.

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