Change Your Vista Product Key

The version of Vista that gets installed depends on the product key that you enter. This means a single Vista CD can be used to install the various editions. One question that immediately arises then is “how can I upgrade my existing version of Vista to a version that has more features?”.

The answer is to change the product key through the System applet within the Control Panel. Under the Windows activation section, click the Change product key link. The window that appears will allow you to enter a new product key and thereby upgrade to a different version of Vista.

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  • Adam Gross

    Unfortunately this does not normally work. Enterprise Edition requires a completely different install and attempting to upgrade Business -> Ultimate has failed for me also; it gives a message “The produce key you have entered will not work with this edition of Windows Vista. You must either run Windows Vista Setup or enter a Windows Vista Business product key”. I am assuming that this “Change product key” version is only for keys of the current version.

  • ravi

    plzzzzzzzzzzzz
    sir i want windows vista ultimate edition and beta version product key plz send me key in my id plzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • http://www.yahoo.com parth

    i m not having the vista serial key .if i type the XP product key it is possible to intall it without any problem

  • http://www.yahoo.com parth

    can you plz send me the serial of vista in my e-mail id

  • http://www.freeproxypro.com George Harrison

    I have got this to work through freeproxypro.com, and was simple able to go to control panel, system, switch keys, and then activate.

  • Angelo

    Guys i need a key for Windows Vista Home Premium PLEASE!! im dieing to get my hands on this thing!!!

  • Ankur

    i just bought a new cd of genuine windows vista. i found the product kay to be wroang.what should i do????????????????????????????

  • Laura Alicia

    I am trying to install Windows Vista on my laptop but it is asking for a product key. I cannot use any of the programs that scan the registry for the product key because Windows Vista is not yet installed on my laptop and I am not able to log in to Windows. The hard drive has been reformatted and I am just starting fresh. Please tell me where I can get a product key for Windows Vista.

  • mohaemd

    i m not having the vista serial key .if i type the XP product key it is possible to intall it without any problem

  • Danny

    my windows activation does not work. i entered the product key i have, but it did not work. i can’t go to control panel. everytiem i open mu computer i get a black screen. plzzz help me i can’t live without a computer

  • Danny

    0xC004C003 wts that

  • Naresh

    I have installed windowds vista ultimate trial version but now its time is ovewr so i want serial key of vista to make it full version….
    Plzzzzzzzzz Send me the serial key on my account plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..

  • Eshan

    sir ,
    plz i want windows vista home edition product key.. plz plz plz plz

  • chris

    i have a 30 trail vista ultimate and i need a full version just the product key can you send me a legit key ty ty ty ty

  • http://www.Brosbunny.co.nr Bunny

    I have a Windows Vista Ultimate. Vista is fully installed in my system, and then here starts big problem….. When I activate the window, it gives me error “CODE 0xC004C003” or description: The activation server determined the specified product key is in use.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/windows/2007/02/06/change-your-vista-product-key/ grr

    well me and my bro are using the SAME cd so i need a new one. he installed it before me and he has the key. It says it is in use so, i need a new product key. And heck no i will not buy a new product key. can somone send me a list of unsused keys or a program that can change your product key. Well thats really my problem and i hav 11 days left to activate my windows…. :D

  • Neo

    bro i have windows vista enterprise installed in my laptop.. but i believe it is a trial version as it didnt promt me for any serial key at the time of installation… is there any way that i can upgrade it to vista ultimate..without havin to buy it… by changing the product key.. if there is.. could u send me the key thru my mail id… ill try to use the registry fix to convert it to business edition first since we cannot upgrade it to ultimate directly… thanks… reply soon

  • http://www.kicitpune.com Aditya Barve

    “Change Product Key” link is not working for me…..
    Nothing happens if I click on it.
    Currently I am having Vista Business. I want to upgrade to Ultimate…..
    Please help me possi…..

  • anand

    plz any body give vista ultimate product key for activation or sent activation code…………. itz extremely urgent ya

  • http://www.bijeljina.com Milance

    Hi, i live in serbia,i have Windows Vista Ultimate Orginal?I purchase vista. But my vista ultimate is trial,i entered the product key,windows have error.CD have folder crack,I open the crack and cracked,but my vista is now trial.Help me i no good speaking english.My E mail is [email protected] please help me ansver in my e mail.

    HELP!!! Answered me on the e mail.Thanks

  • z

    Just move to Linux already.. the only reason microsoft can bend us in any direction it wants is due to it’s monopoly in the market .. time for a change kids.

  • jerry

    Just format the whole drive reiserfs style and whack a unix kernel on there and voila! No more winfroze blista. Slackware people! get with the times, instead of whinging about cd keys for a crappy OS, look into opensource. Linux changed my life. Ill never look at a penguin the same again 8) Mwa ha ha ! I wonder if Bill Gates has seen the movie “Happy Feet”

  • Ryan Mac

    hi i bought a new laptop the other month, it is an acer, i did not like all the acer software so i did a claen install with the anytime upgrade disc now it is telling me the product key on my laptop will not work i have got a few days left and all my coursework is on my laptop plz some1 help me send me a product key or something thnks a lot

  • Amanda

    I had vista on my laptop, but I had to reformat it and reinstall everything. Now it is telling me that my product key is already in use… Is there any way that I could get a new product key (without buying one, that’s ridiculous) or maybe a program to change the product key?? Thank you so much for your help.

  • Omar

    Hey I had installed the Windows Vista unto my pc and now is asking for a product key, can you guys help me out and tell how to get a new product key……..it means a lot…………..thank’s

  • Andy

    I have installed windows vista ultimate trial version but now its time is over so i want serial key of vista to make it full version….
    Please Send me the serial key on my account please..

  • thorne

    Hey I had installed the Windows Vista unto my pc and now is asking for a product key, can you guys help me out and tell how to get a new product key it is important i try everyting

  • Charles

    i already have windows vista premium installed on my laptop. i just bought this laptop a month ago, but i’m always on mission because i am currently deployed in iraq. yesterday, i went to log on and i cant access window at all. it’s telling me to enter a new product key. i’ve visited the website to try to find one, but they say i have to purchase one. personally, i dont think i should have to, thanks to this deployment keeping me busy! i have a vista upgrade disc, but i cant access it because of not having the product key registered, i cant get on to windows, period! please help me on what to do?- SSG Wade, U.S. Army

  • sherry

    i had my laptop repaired and the repair man installed vista ultimate on my laptop,now it’s asking for a product key. i tried the magic jelly bean to crack the activation key but it is still an error..can you please send me an unused product key?i really need to use my computer ASAP..tnx a lot!

  • tommy

    i have also had the exact same problem as sherry and i am in desperate need of word, excel and powerpoint as i need to finish my coursework!!

  • thorne

    my friend put on windows vista on my pc and he has the the same on his pc and it needsa product key can u plz help

  • thorne

    it is the same as shelly and tommy

  • http://windowultimatevista Nahreen

    please i need ur help guys

    My neighbor downloaded for me the window ultimate and the CD was downloaded and now i need the product key to open my computer again please help me find a product key for ultimate

  • Joe

    @ Amanda and Lauren – turn your laptop upside down and there should be a VISTA product key sticker on your unit. If you do not see such a sticker, please call your laptop manufacturer for support.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cookie_is_my_middle_name Jazz Bear

    I’ve had my laptop for about two months or so now, and I have tried to activate my version of Windows Vista, but it continues to say that the Product Key that I’ve entered was invalid and that my version of Windows Vista is not genuin. I’ve tried the Automated Phone System [which didn't help at all, by the way]. And now, everytime I log on, a black screen and an activation screen shows up, and all I can do now is use my IMs & the net [to 'purchase' a new product key or whatever -.-]. I sure as heck won’t buy one, so, what am I to do? Please help me, and my little delema T.T

    ~Jazz, The Spazz

  • Sean

    Hey my brother and I went halfsies on vista business unaware of the fact that you needed two product keys for it and he got the key first so if someone could send me a product key id really appreciate it my 14 days are up so im locked down except the internet. Thanks

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=241647215 Sean

    Hey I just posted but left a way for contact but if you click the name it should take you to my myspace

  • vinax

    Same as anyone’s problem in activating vista ultimate.
    when you key-in a product key after installation, it always says license verification failed… Can anyone plzzzzzzz help me with this? I bought my ACER Aspire laptop and I can only use it for 30-days only. Can anyone plzz help me acquire new Product Key….
    thanx…..so……much!!!!
    [email protected]

  • Joseph

    Want to know how to restore my Toshiba Laptop, just with Vista, not with all the junk that Toshiba adds, from my restore DVD??? Or can I use my CD Key off the laptop, and use another DVD of Vista, adding my CD Key??

  • Jimmy

    Wow, I can’t believe all the people that need a key!!! Well Merry Christmas because I know the best Vista hack yet.. Here goes…
    Boot off the vista DVD.
    When prompted to enter a key uncheck the box and don’t do it.
    Choose any edition of Vista- Yess you can choose, every edition is on every DVD.
    Choose the drive and install.
    After install download the “Magic jellybean finder” You can Google this no problem.
    Run the jellybean finder and presto you hav a product key.
    Activate Windows.
    I have done this about 10 times without a problem.
    Enjoy!!!!!

  • OMG

    I know the best and absolutely easiest way to get a product key for vista. Get off your chair, drive down to your local computer store and say “I’d like to buy Windows Vista please” and if you give the person some money they give you a box! Now, here’s the best part, when you get home open the box and in it you’ll find a Product Key for Vista! Amazing!

    The best thing about this method is that it’ll never stop working unlike most of the hacks out there. Imagine all the time you can save!

  • MAnoj

    I am used win Vista Home Basic N os but currently he was give msg ur vista is not licening and asking product kye

    my laptop lable have D4H7J-PHJXH-JMBKW-MVG44-YH3BW product kye
    but this os not accept this kye
    give msg product kye of u have enterd not working on this edition of win vist

    pls give me win Vista home basic N product kye
    Regard
    Manoj

  • Alina
  • LawrenceAlbert

    use WinGuggle to find your own product key if the sticker’s product key is not working…
    here’s the download link. It’s easy just run the program.
    http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2008/01/winguggle-get-your-windows-vista.html

  • Mr. Mahbubur

    my laptop not working Vista Ultimate Key,. Please help and send me windows Vista Ultimate key as i can use my laptop. I am poor guy no money for buy new Window Vista, PLease give me keys……..waiting for help

    Thanks

  • Cybersupam

    All the above problems happened to me also, but I know surely for Windows Vista the time for pirated version is approaching ahead. So all guys be patient n wait for the time to come. Be cool n enjoy XP now..!!!!!!!

  • Nick Mc

    hey, i torrented a windows vista ultimate and it works great i have the cd but i also have the iso that you can burn on to a dvd-r if anyone wants it i can send you a copy but it is 4.28 Gigs so its quite big….. contact me at [email protected]….and i know some people are going to be thinking yea right this guy probably doesnt have it… its probably a virus its not i have it legit as far as torrenting goes lol :P and you can add me to msn if you have to contact me im online almost all the time

  • Aimee

    ppl help me!

    i sent my laptop back to get repaired bout 2 yrs ago, and they cldnt repair it, but they sent meback the hard drive .. thing is i put the hard drive into another laptop, but it says i have to activate windows .. and to do so, i need the product key .. which i dnt have, for it being on the laptop i sent in and didnt get back!!

    is there any way i could find my product key?

    note. whn the hard drive is in, i cant get into anything, just the activation screen!

  • Jwlz

    What are you supposed to do in this situation…. My friend has a laptop, and for some reason it only has a trial version of windows vista? Wtf is that I thought all pcs came with operating systems in full version? Anyways, apparently her trial period is up and her product key on the laptop doesn’t work. It says it’s invalid. No other product key was anywhere with her stuff…. so…. What does she do now? How does she fix that, who does she contact about that?

  • anand

    sir i purchase a compaq notebook which having microsoft window vista operating system,i have a product key but how i activate our window plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz send me all process as soon as possibile

  • P.

    Hey,

    Did anybody got lucky with the Jellybean-thingy?
    Or did anybody out there tried the torrent-file of the guy above?
    Please, I think buying the upgrade is way too expensive, just as most guys out here, so if anybody can help; it’s much appreciated.

    greetz

  • Vincent

    Computer stopped working and said product key was invalid or inactive.
    Computer will not take key it was origonally loaded with.
    How would i get an alternate key or universal key without having to buy windows vista all over again?

  • http://iwingmusic.110mb.com Edwin Raja

    If u meant that you need an instructions on how to activate vista, go to http://iwingmusic.110mb/forum look for category “other” and post your request then I’ll give the instructions (daily updated) :-)

  • Michelle

    i have installed my windows vista business version, but unfortunately, i cant activated my product key, so please, give me another product key, thanks.

  • http://www.admashmc.com Bini

    I installed Windows Vista Business and later my Labtop stoped functioning and asking me to change the product key for activation.

    Anybody got the Activation key please please post it for me

    Thanks
    bini

  • Niyibob

    I have a Toshiba notebook window vista home premium I reinstalled vista again after a format, but now I cannot activate anymore.window is asking for product key and would not recognise the one that came with the system. pls help me out

  • Bob

    Are the people begging for product keys here REALLY that retarded? I mean, R E A L L Y ?!

  • Lisa

    I have installed windows vista. Everything was running smoothly. Now it will not let me do anything at all. It is askig for a different product key. The one I first used it not working for it. Can someone please help get a product key. I have so much homework for my MBA, I am at my sister house for now. I am desprite! I have been searching for one since 7am. I have also tried to change the product key code, but I know I did theat wrong…………………I am so stressed!
    Thanks in advance to anyone,
    Lisa

  • http://invitenation.org mk85

    NO one is going to give you guys a product key and risk losing there licence,are you guys stupid?

  • Mad Mike

    I was sold a nice laptop at the top of my price range, but thought it was worth it as I was told it came all ready with MS Vista Home Premium. To find out it was only a trial version!
    Can anyone send me the activation code? I can not afford to purchase this. I have a mortage and a young family.

    Thanks :)

  • davy

    why dont you people just use the various cracks that are available. They will usually stop the activation timer on windows therefore you will not need to enter a serial

  • http://buydigigoods.synthasite.com/ Lisa

    This is where I went to purchase a product key for my Windows Vista. It’s for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 http://buydigigoods.synthasite.com/

  • http://buydigigoods.synthasite.com/ Lisa

    Also. I know it works on my Windows Vista basic I think I have home basic

  • ROBBY

    sup everyone

    i was having trouble with my product key aswell. if you go and do what jimmy said on 14th december 07 and install the magic bean finder thing it will give you your product key.

  • Abhijit Michael Biswas

    i have a acer, i am using windows vista now it happened it is saying for windows activation but i forgot my product key,,,,can any one please help me!!!!!! i despritely need the product key for windows activation…so please can anyone give the product key.

  • brian

    i was wondering if anybody would have a windows vista home basic product key. my brother recently passed away. we can not find the box that would have the product key on it. i know this looks shady.my brother did buy this copy sometime ago and put this copy on this computer. if i dont activate this copy in the next few days, with a vaild product key. then i will not be able to use it.i tried contacting microsoft and they will not send me a product key

  • Jaime

    I was successfully able to swap my Vista OEM Ultimate 32bit key to a 64bit oem media set I got. I did a clean install. I have only activated my 32 bit version once when vista first came out.

  • Putri

    help me…
    i installed trial version vista ultimate in my laptop,
    the time period is over..
    i tried to find the serial number in the internet, but it’s invalid
    please help me

    send me serial number for vista ultimate in my email
    i’m dying because my work is inside it…

  • Dave

    If you want a product key, then try the following;

    1) Walk into a shop
    2) Say that you would like to purchase a legal copy of Windows Vista
    3) Hand over money to pay for the product

    These steps ensure that you get a fully working and LEGAL copy of Windows Vista!!!

  • Dave

    Why don’t you just pay for a legal copy of Windows Vista?

  • erick

    If Vista lets you change product keys even to a key that has been registered. I don’t see why you can’t just go down to a local pc store like BEST BUY or Circuit City and check out the vista computers there and copy there product id and put it in your system to get premium or whatever… it might work I suppose.

  • http://www.google.com madhusudhan H.B

    help me…
    i installed trial version vista ultimate in my laptop,
    the time period is over..
    i tried to find the serial number in the internet, but it’s invalid
    please help me

    send me serial number for vista ultimate in my email
    i’m dying because my work is inside it…i was wondering if anybody would have a windows vista home basic product key. my brother recently passed away. we can not find the box that would have the product key on it. i know this looks shady.my brother did buy this copy sometime ago and put this copy on this computer. if i dont activate this copy in the next few days, with a vaild product key. then i will not be able to use it.i tried contacting microsoft and they will send me a product key…

    please send sum product keys s working permanetly for useing vista all in one please help me….. thank you

  • nate

    i’ve recently installed vista home basic but i can’t find the product key i lost the box so if any one could give me the pkey i would appreciate it 10Q

  • Tarpan Patel

    I have installed my Windows Vista Home Premium Version, but unfortunately I can’t actiavted my prodect key because of I don’t have enternate connection so give me a Home Premium Versions activated product key on my e-mail Address.
    Thank You

  • Manggala Putra

    I have problem that makes me headache. My vista ultimated product key didn’t work anymore after 30 days. Is it trial version or every vista has same way? Anyone know about this problem?

  • Adam Zapple

    Never seen a bigger bunch of idiots,trying every excuse in the book to beg for a free key.

    By the way here’s one (in case anyone wants to try this excuse:

    I am a poor lonely widow who needs a key code. You see, my pet gerbil “Puffy” got out of his cage and somehow chewed the COA off the computer. Unfortunately the ink in the label killed poor Puffy. But even worse, now I can’t get online to find a taxidermist. Please help a dear old lady who needs a free Vista key. Oh and BTW, if you have any spare cheats for Warcraft III, a bootleg of AC/DC’s new CD or a Blu-Ray copy of Van Helsing please, please be a dear and include them too. They will help me pass the time.

    Bless you all..

    Lotta Dipshitz – Retired Grandmother

    Feel free to cut and paste, maybe someone will send you a key or even two..

    [AZ]

  • http://vistaultimate mannuru rajasekhar

    i have installed my Windows ultimate Version, but unfortunately I can’t actiavted my prodect key because of I don’t have enternate connection so give me a Windows ultimate Version activated product key on my e-mail Address.
    Thank You

  • http://BullshitRULEZ.com Justine

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    OMGGGGGG

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOO

    Oh my I totally agree with Adam!! You are a bunch of idiots!!!!

    Instead of spending time writing out some very lmae porr excuse of a eason as to why you should be sent a free Product Key why dont you:

    1 – Try a Computer Shop (where you can purchase a legal product)

    2 – Try out the Magic Jellybean to see your OWN product key (Yes this does indeed work)

    3 – Download from Torrentz as somebody else suggested (as above)

    Now instead of sitting there whining your guts out go & try any of the 3 options listed above as they all do work 100%

    As for myself I dont need anything from anyone as I do NOT but anything I can get for free off the net!! LMAOOOOOOO

    Have fun now!!!!!!

  • Beny

    Why would someone buy a new product key when the computers have a product key assign to them check at bottom of labtop or right side of pc and you will see a product key. The problem here is some of those OEM product keys don’t let you activate Vista, is that an issue with Microsoft or manufacturer? Microsoft doesn’t want to help you and neither manufacturer, I myself have same problem bought an open box labtop and now I can’t activate Vista because product key is invalid. Not asking for a key from anyone but will like my product key to work, I prefer XP than Vista what a headache.

  • http://msn henry

    i just cant update my pc. it said , i didnt pass etc. can i get a product key plz

  • http://- GEOFREY JOHN

    I am used win Vista busines _R1.0_OEM_US but currently he was give msg ur vista is not licening and asking product kye

    my desktoplable have -CMXP4-TCCVX-JXWQY-TGWBT-49T92 product kye
    but this os not accept this kye
    give msg product kye of u have enterd not working on this edition of win vist

    pls give me win Vista businet sp1
    Regard
    Geofrey

  • Actual Tech

    You all are morons! “Where can I get a key for Vista”? This forum is supposedly about changing your existing key; not ripping one off. And the moron above this post was dumb enough to put his key in the forum – what a tool.
    You want to get a key for Vista? Just go here and I PROMISE if you follow all the steps, you will get a real working key for any version of Vista you want http://www.microsoft.com/canada/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/default.mspx

  • kannadasan

    hi
    i have installed windows vista one month back now our system expect activate product key so pls send to our mail