invalid windows vista home premium product key.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by samanthah, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. samanthah macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2008
    Well, I have a Mac Air, and i recently partition windows on it. but now when i log in says "The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for activation". and the choices they give you are : 1. access your computer with reduced functionality 2. type a different product key 3 contact microsoft to help resolve this problem. you see, i also got a new destop, and it came with a windows CD, so i figured maybe i can use it to partition windows on my mac. it did work for a few weeks, but now this happens. so what do i do now? i dont know where the product key is located and i dont want to buy a windows installation disc for its product key. i just want to go back to mac? but how? help.
  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Well if you just want to use OS X only, use Boot Camp Assistant to delete your Windows partition.

    If you still want to use Windows, and you have a legitimately purchased copy of Windows Vista Home Premium that you do not also have installed on another computer (you can only install it on one machine), you can contact Microsoft and they will issue you a new product key so you can properly activate Vista.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Software and hardware-wise, it is possible to run OEM Windows on your Mac.

    I don't know the EULA for Windows, though, so it might not be legal in Microsoft's eyes.
  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Did you try to install Windows from the other PC's CD? Are you using Boot Camp, or did you just install Windows over everything on the Air?

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