Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate

Posted: 01-18-2009, 02:51 AM
I asked in a question earlier if there was a way to contact MS about the
number of activations on a key for vista. The reason I was asking is that a
person on ebay sold me and open copy of vista ultimate. In the auction, it
said the product had been opened but never activated. Then he used my money
(in part) to buy a solid state laptop hard drive. That really pissed me
off, so I was going to see if I could get proof of an earlier activation on
the poduct he sold me. That way, I could file a claim as an item
signifigantly not as described for this copy of vista. I know I shouldn't
have bought an open box, but that is what you get for being me I guess.

Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate


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Mick Murphy
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RE: Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate
Posted: 01-18-2009, 04:58 AM
The only way to find out is to install it, and try and Activate it.
If it says the Key is already in use, take the phone option, and explain to
MS your problem.

If it was an OEM disk, it is tied to the original computer.
One licence, one install on a computer, for the life of that computer.

If a Retail disk, it can be installed on a different computer, but, only
1(one) computer at a time.
One licence, one install at a time.
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"nsharazer" wrote:
> I asked in a question earlier if there was a way to contact MS about the
> number of activations on a key for vista. The reason I was asking is that a
> person on ebay sold me and open copy of vista ultimate. In the auction, it
> said the product had been opened but never activated. Then he used my money
> (in part) to buy a solid state laptop hard drive. That really pissed me
> off, so I was going to see if I could get proof of an earlier activation on
> the poduct he sold me. That way, I could file a claim as an item
> signifigantly not as described for this copy of vista. I know I shouldn't
> have bought an open box, but that is what you get for being me I guess.
>
Bruce Chambers
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Re: Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate
Posted: 01-18-2009, 05:27 PM
nsharazer wrote:
> I asked in a question earlier if there was a way to contact MS about the
> number of activations on a key for vista.

There isn't.

> The reason I was asking is
> that a person on ebay sold me and open copy of vista ultimate. In the
> auction, it said the product had been opened but never activated. Then
> he used my money (in part) to buy a solid state laptop hard drive. That
> really pissed me off, so I was going to see if I could get proof of an
> earlier activation on the poduct he sold me. That way, I could file a
> claim as an item signifigantly not as described for this copy of vista.
> I know I shouldn't have bought an open box, but that is what you get for
> being me I guess.

Getting a legitimate license of any kind from eBay is something of
a crap shoot. One should be very careful buying any software on eBay,
as eBay makes no prior effort to ensure that such sales are legitimate.
The problems stem from two completely different sources, but have the
same results: the buyer gets ripped off. A great many people don't fully
understand the terms of the license they own, and don't understand that
they cannot legitimately resell it, and - worse still - there are a
great many sellers who do know that they're selling bogus licenses. eBay
reacts only when someone files a complaint, and then all that really
happens, especially in the case of the many deliberate fraudsters, is
the seller of the pirated software returns using a different alias, to
continue selling illegitimate licenses.


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Bruce Chambers
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Re: Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate
Posted: 01-18-2009, 05:29 PM
Mick Murphy wrote:
> The only way to find out is to install it, and try and Activate it.
> If it says the Key is already in use, take the phone option, and explain to
> MS your problem.
>
> If it was an OEM disk, it is tied to the original computer.
> One licence, one install on a computer, for the life of that computer.
>

Well, that's not quite accurate, Mick. Yes, an OEM license may be
installed only on one computer, and is permanently bound to that first
computer on which it has been installed, but it can be reinstalled an
unlimited number of times, on that same computer.




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Justbob30
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Re: Bought Vista on Ebay and won't activate
Posted: 01-19-2009, 02:57 AM
Call M/S & see what they say, you can't get any more screwed than you are
now and, if they reject your request that gives you ammunition against the
seller just in case it matters.

"nsharazer" <caguthridge@suddenlink.net> wrote in message
news:754FF8B7-DC9C-40C8-A212-AE0C8E73E72C@microsoft.com...
> I asked in a question earlier if there was a way to contact MS about the
> number of activations on a key for vista. The reason I was asking is that
> a person on ebay sold me and open copy of vista ultimate. In the auction,
> it said the product had been opened but never activated. Then he used my
> money (in part) to buy a solid state laptop hard drive. That really
> pissed me off, so I was going to see if I could get proof of an earlier
> activation on the poduct he sold me. That way, I could file a claim as an
> item signifigantly not as described for this copy of vista. I know I
> shouldn't have bought an open box, but that is what you get for being me I
> guess.
 
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