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Old November 11, 2008, 08:31 AM
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ORRR he could do it the easy way. When it asks to activate, it will fail when using the online auto activation, from there it will give you an option to call Microsoft directly, it will ask you to put in a long "phone line activation based key" which will fail and then tell you to hold on the line for a live person.

Once speaking with live persion they will ask a few simple questions, why you reinstalling, why did you use this sony key, etc, just tell them, its the ONLY computer your using the key on, on the same sony laptop, just that the install got hosed and you used a spare disk to install and the key off the bottom.
they will give you the activation code and you will be on your way :)
Well lets just say he figured it out

And I don't know if phoning would work because as far as I know the only way to activate an OEM key is to use the corresponding OEM certificate (along with the properly SLIC string in the BIOS too). It's very easy to find this stuff on the net too so why waste time phoning MS?
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