Vista Actvation

  m800afc 20:02 31 Jul 2007

Many apologies, I posted this message on helpline, when it should have been here.
I have returned from a few days away to find that my copy of Vista Business has expired its period of "grace". I can no longer use Vista other than "Reduced Funcionality" I can only access a Microsoft website inviting me to either activate or buy a new copy. Worryingly, there was a comment at the bottom right of the screen saying "This copy of Windows is not genuine". I declined to activate or buy and the laptop went into automatic shut down. As it shut down a message appearwed "Do not shut down or power off - Downloading 10 upgrades"
What is going on? I know it is possible to extend the period of "grace" to 120 days. How, though do I do it if Vista will not boot up?
I am fortunate that I set Vista up on my laptop as a dual boot, so I can still use XP. Vista is on its own partition. If I reformat the Vista partition, will I be able to reinstall a working version of Vista? Will I then be able to extend the "grace" to 120 days.

  skidzy 20:27 31 Jul 2007

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Though i think your to late as you have let the 30 days expire,you will need to purchase the os now.

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