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Vista produck key invalid

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hi, i will just go staright to my problem

when i switch on my computer,
a "windows activition" pops out and tell me my product key is invalid
this limits my computer to function normally

i have 3 choices
1. buy a new key from the net
2. activate with a key
3. contact benq for support

in fact this is my second times encountering with this problem)i forgot how i solve it last time)

is there anyway to stop it from happening again?

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contact benq (i assume they're the ones who sold you the PC) and see what they say...you can also contact microsoft directly to get this sorted...if you've got a valid key they will either reissue you a new one or find some other method
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Hi cupidbistro this is nave29 I am 66 years old and just started to run computers 2 years ago, I ran into the same problem. Are you running an up-grade to your original OS?I have a HP tower that originally came with vista home premium 32 bit but it was corrupt from the factory so I did a custom install on my tower of vista ulitmate but i had trouble again so i did another custom install of vista ultimate it worked fine but windows wouldn't accept the key code. So I went to HP and got the factory OS disk from them I think you must have to have the original key code to use the up grade disk and it's key code. I have now installed vista home premium 64 bit and it works fine. I still have the up grade disks for ultimate 32 and 64 bit but haven't installed it yet.
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