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Old July 17, 2010, 05:50 AM
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Sounds about right except for the paying part...
I know with Vista when this happens you want to try the "activate over the telephone" option and call the number there. You type in your code, it fails, and you get connected with some call centre person. You tell the person that you just had your computer repaired (don't say anything "new" or they may misunderstand and think you got a whole new computer) and they'll give you some code to type in which will reactivate windows. That takes about 15-25 minutes of your time, but definitely not $50.
I phone up for activations on Windows XP and Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade edition and had no problems.
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