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I reinstall windows vista home premium on a Acer laptop, using a Dell CD

By felipepacheco ·
I did a clean installation of Windows Vista Home Premium on a Acer laptop, using a Dell CD, but when entering the Windows Product key that comes with the Acer, it says that the product key appears to be invalid. How do I fix this? I don't have the ACER CD. Thanks!

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I'm thinking

by PurpleSkys In reply to I reinstall windows vista ...

both are proprietory...a Dell Cd would likely only install on a dell (the registration code would be for the Dell)...and my guess would be that you likely wiped out the acer restore/factory partition when you did the reinstall...you can purchase your recovery software from Acer here https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

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Your thinking is correct.

by seanferd In reply to I'm thinking

I'd be surprised if the Acer would even run properly if the key were not an issue.

You can't do that with OEM disks.

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Laptop works fine, just need activation..

by felipepacheco In reply to Your thinking is correct.

Actually the laptop is working just fine, I was able to download and install the drivers, just the activation doesn't go work. Any other idea? Thanks!

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Didn't know until now...

by felipepacheco In reply to I'm thinking

Yeah, I wiped out the restore partition since I don't like it, and the laptop didn't come with the CD. What if I used a retail version of Windows Vista? Do you think it will work? Thanks!

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"i wiped out the restore partition since I don't like it" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Didn't know until now...

Yet now you can't activate a different install.

What was there NOT TO LIKE?

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RE: What if I used a retail version of Windows Vista?

by OH Smeg In reply to Didn't know until now...

That will work if you use the Product Key that comes with the Retail Version.

Vista like all Windows Products comes in several different flavors that are not the different versions. There is the Retail Version, The OEM Version and the Volume License Version all of which need to use the Product Key that was made for that flavor of Vista.

While they say that all Vista Disc's are the same regardless of the version you are using that is true for all versions in the same flavor. So it's just a matter of the correct Product Key to get Vista Ultimate or Home Basic from the same DVD. But those Retail Product Keys will not work with a Volume License or OEM Flavor of Vista. So you need the Product Key for your Version and in the Flavor that you need to install.

Here you would be better contacting Acer and buying a Recovery Set which they should sell you for a nominal fee that covers shipping and Handling. HP sell these sets for about $25.00 if that is any help.

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Saqib

by sfareed In reply to I'm thinking

You can ignore Windows Product key option and install the windows after the Windows Vista installation
You can go internet and active window

I would highly recommend not using a another Brand operating CDs

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