Vista Product Key Expired.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Modified!, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Modified! macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    My Windows Vista Home Premium product key recently expired. I'm running Vista through my Macbook's Bootcamp Partition, and here is my question. Can I re-install Vista without losing all of my data? I can't seem find a valid product key, so I want to re-install Vista but I don't want to lose all of my data. Any ideas?
     
  2. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    Buy a copy of Vista or Windows 7...

    You *can* re-install Vista but not in the same VM and yes you will lose everything. You could back up the Vista information and do a restore but it might invalidate the EULA key again.

    Windows 7 isn't that bad. For a primitive operating system...
     
  3. StruckANerve macrumors 6502

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    They expire? I just recently used a 4 year old XP product key to install Windows on my iMac.
     
  4. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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  5. MacFanJeff macrumors regular

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    Agreed. There is NO expiration date on any LEGIT copy/key of software. It can be old and no longer supported but it will ALWAYS install. Sounds fishy to me. :eek:
     
  6. Modified! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not from a burned disk, I used a re-installation CD that came with my PC, but the product key won't work. Ugh! I guess that leads me to one choice: Install Vista again and try to backup everything. Bleh...
     

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