Clean Vista install WITH NO ACTIVATION

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  1. snowmonster

    snowmonster Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello, I am having quite a bit of trouble getting this to work. I have a new HP laptop that came with Windows 7 home premium. Before reinstalling windows, I ran ABR 1.7 beta, and both files were made on my flash drive. After the clean install, I ran the restore, and it seemed that it worked, but I realized earlier that it told me I had twenty or so days left to activate my copy of windows. I just now ran the restore twice. The first time, I told it to proceed even though it said it appeared that it was already activated. I restarted and was not prompted to enter any product key, but when I reached my desktop it informed me that my cope of windows is "not genuine." I tried running the restore again, again telling it to proceed even though it appeared to be activated, then restarted, and at this point I was asked for the product key before getting to my desktop. I entered the product key given in the backup-key file made by ABR. Still it's telling me that the copy is not genuine. A couple of things to note: According to this (http://forum.notebookreview.com/win...-7-download-links-just-like-vista-before.html) thread, it was okay to remove the ei.cfg file before burning the .iso to create a Win7 DVD. I did so and installed Windows 7 Professional, which isn't what came with my laptop. Another thing to note is that I tried to activate my copy using the product key on the bottom of my laptop and in the backup-key file after realizing that my copy didn't appear to be activated after running the restore. Any ideas what went wrong and how I might be able to fix it?
     
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    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The keys are version specific, you cannot activate professional using a key meant for home premium.
     
  3. gpalosu

    gpalosu Newbie

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    Hello, I have a Packard Bell laptop with Vista Home Premium 32bit on it, I tried this guide and everything seemed to have worked fine except the activation part. If i run activation-restore.exe again it tells me that it's already activated but in System Properties it still tells me that I have 30 days left to activate. I tried typing the key from the backup-key file but it gives me error 0xc004e003. Am I doing something wrong?

    I forgot to say that I made a bootable dvd from the WAUUPGRD folder I had on my C drive and that's how I reinstalled Vista.
     
  4. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    You can try this to see the activation status:
    1. Open a command prompt As Administrator
    2. Type: slmgr.vbs /dli

    You can manually activate by doing this:
    1. Open a command prompt As Administrator
    2. Type, replacing XXXX with the product key in the backup file: slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX...
    3. Type, replacing file with full path to file: slmgr.vbs /ilc C:\path\to\backup-file.xrm-ms
     
  5. gpalosu

    gpalosu Newbie

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    Thanks for your response, I tried what you said, this is what I get after typing the first thing:

    Name: Windows(TM) Vista HomePremium edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, OEM_SLP channel
    Partial Product Key: MQ3CQ
    License Status: Initial grace period
    Time remaining: 42780 minute(s) (29 day(s))

    The other two commands appeared to be successful but after typing the first command again I still got the same message as before. Any more help is really appreciated, thanks.
     
  6. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    It's hard to say. The basic assumptions would be that you have to install the same edition of Vista you backed up from, so the original license would have to be for Home Premium. It's also possible the backup xrm-ms file is corrupt. If that's the case, there's no way to really get it back since you already reinstalled. You can try renaming it with a .xml extension and then open it in Internet Explorer and see if it has any errors. We're getting pretty far into deep technical debugging area though.

    P.S. Make sure to reboot.
     
  7. gpalosu

    gpalosu Newbie

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    Hmm well I made sure to pick Home Premium when making the iso file and reinstalling, so that's out I guess. I opened the xrm-ms file as an xml file and it seemed fine, the browser should report an error if something's invalid, right? Can editing something from it help with anything? If not, is there any chance that another Vista reinstall might not get into the same problem? Otherwise, it looks like I'll have to resort to the recovery dvd. Will that take care of the problem, or do I have to activate Windows manually in that case too? Oh and I did reboot, but no luck :(
     
  8. orev

    orev Notebook Virtuoso

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    Recovery DVD would definitely work, and would allow you another chance at running the backup, though you probably want to reinstall again to get a clean install. Only other thing I can think of is that the SLIC table in the BIOS might be missing. This could be caused by a BIOS update, if you did that recently. Otherwise, I don't know.
     
  9. gpalosu

    gpalosu Newbie

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    Nope, I haven't made any updates. I googled a bit about this SLIC table and it looks like I have it, version 2.0. Guess I'll try another reinstall and then the recovery dvd. Thanks for your help.

    Edit: Without expecting any results, I tried changing the product key to the one I have on the sticker and somehow it worked. I don't know if that was supposed to happen, but finally, it's activated.
     
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    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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    Sticker key is regular OEM key that doesn't care about SLIC/OEM Offline activation. Technically, totally different thing :)
     
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