10-24-2011 04:31 PM - edited 10-24-2011 04:32 PM
I used the dvd that came with my Y410 to reinstall Vista home premium, in the first time I was asked to input the Product Key before the process continued, after one or two days I saw a message prompting me to activate the Windows by entering the Product Key. After activation, the original Product ID ( shown in Control Panel > System), contains “OEM” was replaced by the Product Key.
When I was reinstalling Windows the second and third time I was not asked to input the Product Key and to activate the Windows again, and the system shows the original Product ID.
The OS runs smoothly even without activation.
1. Why I was not asked to activate the windows in the second and third reinstallation
2. I heard that the dvd will void after using it to reinstall windows for a certain number of times, is this true?. If true, how many times?
3. Under what condition should a user call Microsoft to activate Windows?
4. Under what condition should a user change Product Key (shown in Control Panel > System)?
10-30-2011 01:43 PM - edited 10-30-2011 01:45 PM
My first question is how do you know it is not activated? Please go to Start > Control Panel > click the System Icon and look at the bottom of the page for your activation status. Now, if it says "Windows is activated" and you have a "windows Genuine sticker" at the bottom right, you are good to go!
As far as why you were not asked for a product key on the second and third install, I do not have a definitive answer; however, I'm guessing that somehow your product key was retained during the second and third installation.
Now, I have a Dell desktop running XP and I have done dozens of reinstalls over the years and I have never been asked for a product key and it shows up as activated and genuine.
However, regarding my B575 laptop, I did do a few Win 7 reinstalls (with full HD formatting) and it did ask for my product key. It also set a timeline of three days to activate it over the phone with Microsoft so I did the automated phone thingy to complete the installation.
Maybe your answer lies within how you did the reinstall. For example, did you do a repair install or did you do a reinstall without formatting the hard drive. If either one, then maybe the installation was able to retain you product key.
Anyway, good luck!
11-09-2011 02:49 PM
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