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    Product key vista ultimate, looking for cheapest ? advice please

    hi had to reinstall vista, and the guy i bought it from hasnt got the product key any more. where is the cheapest place to get product key from, any links or whatever appreciated, or anyone with a spare one going cheap appreciated.
    am on 30 day trial at the minute so need to find soon.
    cant afford to upgrade to 7 yet and got loads of coursework on this cant risk messing with either.
    any advice on the cheapest way to get it thanks.
    thanks peops.

    If was thinking of windows 7 as people keep saying, where is the cheapest place to get a full install copy. thx.

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    Original Poster

    £25 cheapest i been offered, anyone got a better price on it, thx..

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    Magic Bean may recover it

    Original Poster

    ryman1000;8527290

    Magic Bean may recover it



    have no idea what that is? have the previous pc contents partitioned off, so dont know if i can get it then.

    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo;8527267

    You're going to be stung again if you insist on buying keys only. Do … You're going to be stung again if you insist on buying keys only. Do yourself a favour and buy yourself a genuine licenced copy with COA.



    mine was a genuine copy, and in panic downloaded the ultimate again hoping it would pick up the registrattion from the pc but it didnt. so now have to get a key for it in the next 27 days.

    call microsoft tell them you reinstalled due to replacing hard drive due to virus they will give you a key for free

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    mumbojumbo;8527497

    If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you … If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you got with it. :?Why did you think the seller would keep a copy of your key? :thinking:



    i didnt get the disc with it, silly i know, never thought, and the guy chucked it, as he didnt think i would need it nor did i, kept it for 6mths. but i have had this pc year now without problem.

    Original Poster

    is there any way to find out the product key from the pc innerds.

    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo;8527497

    If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you … If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you got with it. :?Why did you think the seller would keep a copy of your key? :thinking:



    what is a coa anyhow.

    http://cdn2.ioffer.com/img/item/117/449/945/n7QV4HxFutWermz.jpg

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    128plant;8527556

    what is a coa anyhow.



    'Certificate of Authenticity'

    In your case it would be a sticker with the code printed on it stuck to the side of your machine.

    Unlikely your copy of Vista is genuine if you don't have one of these.

    Have you already installed Vista over your previous installation?

    Have an xp key!

    Original Poster

    mumbojumbo;8527497

    If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you … If it was a genuine copy, then the product key is printed on the COA you got with it. :?Why did you think the seller would keep a copy of your key? :thinking:



    because he didnt send the disc to me, so i just thought he would still have it lying around and i never thought of asking for it. am a muppet.

    Original Poster

    baconsandwich;8527624

    'Certificate of Authenticity'In your case it would be a sticker with the … 'Certificate of Authenticity'In your case it would be a sticker with the code printed on it stuck to the side of your machine. Unlikely your copy of Vista is genuine if you don't have one of these.Have you already installed Vista over your previous installation?



    yeah need to reinstall vista to see if had all the virus out and get new software in to stop it happening again. as i said was in a panic at time with coursework to be in today.

    Does your PC have a sticker to the image I posted a few moments ago?

    Original Poster

    rchan;8527694

    Does your PC have a sticker to the image I posted a few moments ago?



    nope not that i can see, it was built by computer engineer for the gamers in the house, so built from scratch for me.

    Original Poster

    128plant;8527731

    nope not that i can see, it was built by computer engineer for the gamers … nope not that i can see, it was built by computer engineer for the gamers in the house, so built from scratch for me.



    has offered me a product key for £25 but then wouldnt have a disc still, if happened again.

    Original Poster

    madinternetuser;8527463

    call microsoft tell them you reinstalled due to replacing hard drive due … call microsoft tell them you reinstalled due to replacing hard drive due to virus they will give you a key for free



    tried that at the start, and this foreign lady just said, go buy a key from a retail store. do search for the nearest one. thats a help.

    dont want to spend a load, as later in year want to get someone to install window 7 for me, when what i have on this not as important, and i can afford it better.

    thanks so much for alll your advice. its really helpful.

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    dcx_badass;8527787

    Surely you have a disk if you just re-installed windows. Something … Surely you have a disk if you just re-installed windows. Something doesn't add up here.



    i downloaded the ultimate trial from the website, well my brother did it for me, like that i believe. once it was up and working again, but its only a trial running at the minute. i was hoping that my pc would send the details automatically that it had to microsoft and pull it up, as having already got a proper edition on, but that doesnt seem to happen. thought they could tell from my internet details. they are just getting the trial details up now. prob our fault that.

    no have problem cant get to my old details, and cant run long with this new download trial. had a disc from my older pc, which is still running vista, but its lost its box so no product key on it either, and its only one user i guess so not much use either. hope that makes sense.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass;8527855

    You don't need a new disk just the key. I'd take it as a lesson learned … You don't need a new disk just the key. I'd take it as a lesson learned and buy a real copy of Windows 7 and not from the same person again.



    have learned that one for sure. didnt realise back then how important these things are. stupid student behaviour. hey ho.

    will take it to some company to install 7 i guess as i doubt i could do it myself without all sorts of bells ringing etc.

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    dcx_badass;8527855

    You don't need a new disk just the key. I'd take it as a lesson learned … You don't need a new disk just the key. I'd take it as a lesson learned and buy a real copy of Windows 7 and not from the same person again.



    do you have to offload vista to load windows 7 and is it any easier/safer for a muppet like me yet.

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    dcx_badass;8528050

    What, you just put Vista on yourself, why would you need a company to do … What, you just put Vista on yourself, why would you need a company to do Windows 7, you do it exactly the same.



    my brother put it on but there werent any compatibility issues and technical things to worry about as all the hardware etc was already in place and recognised. i am not sure if something went wrong what to do with it. its seems a kind of techy thing to do, and i am a muppet.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass;8528090

    Windows 7 is much more compatable than crappy Vista.



    at the minute i just want to kick this machine out into the street, however the bits of my coursework it didnt eat, are quite important. several all nighters coming up to get it all sorted.

    i was lucky i guess with vista it never played up on me, until now of course, but cant say it was vista at fault. goodness knows what hit the thing,

    i have seen a few people on here asking windows 7 questions so thought it would be very technical, i didnt even understand the questions, and doubtless pretty dear to download it just yet.

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    Just download vista from a torrent website for f sake :roll:

    Original Poster

    ryman1000;8528403

    Just download vista from a torrent website for f sake :roll:



    hello am tourism and customer care student, like torrents do my head in, cant get that sorted at all on this machine.
    my head wont compute it either, tried to do for project recently and it was pants. may have put this down too, causing the problems.
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