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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Activating Windows

When you upgrade your computer’s operating system to Windows Vista, or the first time you start a new computer, you are prompted to activate your copy of Windows.

Each copy of Windows Vista must be activated within 30 days of the first use. After that grace period expires, you will not be able to use all the functions of Windows. You can activate Windows over the Internet or by telephone, or it will activate itself after a few days, if you have an active Internet connection. You don’t have to give any personal information about yourself or your computer during the activation process. (If you are asked to register after activating a product, the information you provide might be used to send you marketing materials.)

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