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Windows Vista, Your Activation Period Has Expired

July 3rd, 2007 at 5:01 PM (10 years ago) by Matt Freedman

So, yesterday, I installed and activated Photoshop, and then restarted my PC. Only to find a little surprise waiting for me on Windows booting.

I got a “Windows Activation” window saying that my Activation Period has expired! WTF? I activated Vista from day one, why is this happening!?!? So, it gave me some choices: Activate Online, Activate By Phone, Re-enter Product Key and Run Windows in Reduced Functionality Mode (basically you can only go online with IE7 to buy a new product key 😛 ). You could also close the Window and go to the “logged out screen” and either login (which brought up the Windows Activation Window) or Shut down/restart/sleep/etc your computer. In the bottom, right-hand corner it said “This copy of Windows is not Genuine”. What do you mean it’s not genuine? I bought it legally, and the day it was released, to boot.

I decided to press Activate Online. But, that failed, so I clicked close. It went to the login screen. So, I clicked my username and it brought me back to the Activation Screen. So, I clicked activate by Phone. Which gave me a number to call, and the numbers I’m supposed to punch in. But, wait, there were no numbers! Just blank spaces where the numbers should have been.

Okay, so I decided to close out that Window, and restart my PC. So, when it came back up, the Windows Activation windows was still there. Except, this time, it said “Windows has been activated successfully”! So, I close out of that Window, and log in. Everything seems fine. Except that it still says “This copy of Windows is not Genuine” in the bottom, right-hand corner!

So, I right-click on “Computer” and go “Properties”. I then scrolled to the bottom of the Window that came up and it said “Windows is activated”. Weird. So, I decided to Restart my computer, yet again.

So, I restarted, and when Windows came back up, everything was fine! So, maybe what happened was, when I installed Photoshop, some Windows system files got messed up, so when I restarted it said Windows wasn’t activated. But, after 2 more restarts, the files recovered and Windows was fine, and as it should be…

Hopefully, Windows won’t say my copy of Windows isn’t genuine, again…

7 Responses to “Windows Vista, Your Activation Period Has Expired”

  1. Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Root of Windows Activation Problems Found?
    Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Root of Windows Activation Problems Found? says:

    […] of Windows Activation Problems Found? Remember back in July when I had those activation problems with Vista? No? I didn’t think so… Anyways, Vista had suddenly said it wasn’t activated and […]

  2. Jonathon
    Jonathon says:

    how do i solve this as i get it continuasly

  3. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    If you have a legit copy of Windows Vista, when it happens, phone the number provided (or look it up on another computer if it doesn’t show up) and explain the problem the the Support Representative. They should give you a number to type in that will reactivate your copy of Windows and (supposedly) reset your “hardware sum” so that it shouldn’t happen again soon.

    It’s only shown up once or twice for me, and restarting a couple of times always made it go away, so I haven’t had to call Microsoft about it…

    Also, if you haven’t already, read my post on why this happens.

  4. Anonymus
    Anonymus says:

    i tried resarting over and over again but still nothing and my copy of windows is legal

  5. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    Phone the number that is provided, and follow the instructions. You’ll have to tell them the number you see, and explain the situation, then they should give you a number to type in, which should fix the problem.

  6. Nsikan Idung
    Nsikan Idung says:

    to reactivate online does it required a credit card or its free of charge.

  7. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    Nsikan: Activating online is completely free, so is reactivating.

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