How to correct failed Windows XP registration and Vista Expres

How to correct failed Windows XP registration and Vista Expres

Post by Jupiter Jo » Mon, 11 Dec 2006 01:48:56


After looking, the Microsoft site sends you to another site.
And the other site is managed by the computer manufacturer.
The different manufacturers I checked went to different pages.
The Microsoft site is just a convenient place for anyone to see who
participated and also easily get directed to the appropriate page.
No where did I see reference to registration or activation.

What has Gateway support said?
If not already, you may need to ask since the computer came from Gateway.

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How to correct failed Windows XP registration and Vista Expres

Post by Vanguar » Mon, 11 Dec 2006 03:15:07


Damn, I never buy pre-builts. They're full of crappy hardware that
changes even within a model (to meet the sales specs for that model
using whatever components their purchasing agents happened to buy that
week) and at higher prices. I build my own but Microsoft obviously
won't have me listed as a manufacturer or [retail] pc builder.

So why can't you "register" with Microsoft? Registration is not the
same as validation (although Microsoft includes registration screens
that you can skip when validating). So why not call the toll-free
telephone number shown if the validation fails?

Also, that page says you buy a computer with Windows already
pre-installed. That is an OEM version. That means the express
upgrade would also have to come through the OEM. What did Gateway
say? You may have to push beyond the 1st-level script-reading
pseudo-tech that answers your call. As Jupiter already pointed out,
when you go to that URL and select "Gateway", you end up going to a
gateway.com page, so it is Gateway that has to provide the upgrade.