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You may be unable to activate Windows Vista over the Internet by using the Windows Activation Wizard

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Symptoms of the problem
When you try to activate Windows Vista over the Internet by using the Windows Activation Wizard, the activation process may not be completed successfully.
Methods to resolve the problem

Use the telephone to activate Windows

To activate Windows over the telephone, click Use the automated phone system in the Windows Activation Wizard.
Similar problems and solutions
For more information about advanced solutions for this issue, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
921471 Windows activation fails and may generate error code 0x8004FE33
For more information about Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
929712 Volume Activation information for Windows Vista
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Article ID: 933177 - Last Review: 01/26/2013 00:36:00 - Revision: 2.0

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