To activate windows vista in your system you need a valid product key. You can locate the product key inside the text file available in the Windows Vista CD/DVD. If may also in the Windows Vista CD sleeve or case. In case your system has preinstalled Windows Vista using an Original equipment manufacturer then the product key will appear on the sticker on the backside or case of the computer.
Steps activate Windows Vista in your system
For activating windows vista over the web your computer must be connected with the internet connection. Here is the complete process to activate windows vista on your computer:
- Select the “Start” button and click on the “My Computer”
- After that choose “System Properties” on the toolbar
- After that find and click on the “Click here to activate windows now” option available under the “Windows activation” area,
- Enter the Admin password or confirm the selection if asked and click on the “Continue” button.
- Select the Windows Vista activation method i.e. internet
- Now a screen will prompter by asking the product key.
- Enter the product key here and following the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Check if your window is activated or not
To verify that if the windows are installed properly or not follow the below-stated steps:
- Select the “Start” button from the screen and click on “My Computer”.
- Choose the “System Properties” from the toolbar
- Check the Windows Vista “Activation Status” available at the bottom of the Properties dialog box.
- If may take some time to retrieve the status.
- If the status is “Windows is Activated” then there is nothing to worry about.
An additional method to activate windows vista on your system
If the internet method of activating Windows Vista in your system does not work then you can follow this alternate method offered by Microsoft. This method must have a mobile to get connected with a Microsoft activation automated system.
- First of all click on the “Start button” and look for “My Computer”
- Select “My Computer” and then click on “System Properties”.
- After that click on the “Activate Windows now” option and you will reach the activation windows.
- Confirm your selection and enter the admin credentials if necessary.
- As a result, an activation wizard will appear on the screen.
- From here click on the “Use an alternative method”.
- A new list of options will appear from which you have to select “The automated telephone system”.
- Further, you need to select the location from the list of different locations available on the screen.
- If your location is not listed here then select the nearest location from the list.
- After that, a list of phone numbers will display on the screen.
- Call on one of these numbers to connect with an Automated System.
- This automated system will guide you with the instructions for the activation of Windows Vista in your system.
On a rare occasion, if during running windows unexpectedly ask for the activation then there is nothing to worry about. You can follow the same steps mentioned above for the activation process.