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Vista Activation Query

Posted on 2010-11-17
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Hi All,
I've picked up someone's machine that had various issues, one of which was that they had a prompt that their copy of Windows (Vista Home Premium) was not genuine, despite having a genuine OEM key attached to the PC. They have had their PC rebuilt by someone in the past, and I suspect it was rebuilt with a dodgy key.
I have re-activated with the correct legitimate product key, but still have the text watermark on the desktop, and need to know how to remove this.
I haven't rebooted the machine since the activation, as it's currently running anti-virus and anti-malware scans, but am asking the question in case there is no change in this after the reboot....
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Well, I'm sure the watermark will disappear once you reboot or log off.

If not, then:
- Click the "Start" menu icon
- Right click "Computer" and select "Properties"

You might need to scroll down the screen.  You should see information pertaining to licensing in the section, "Windows activation".

If it's not activated you can follow these steps:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

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Well, keep the question up even if you don't pay for the response I did just so others will know to reboot..
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Well, keep the question up even if you don't pay for the response I did just so others will know to reboot.
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Accepted as solution as per above comments.
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