I just came into possession of a used laptop, with the intent of refurbishing and reselling. I may just get Windows 8, but wanted to see if I could avoid that avenue. It currently has Win Vista Ultimate, however the license key on the bottom has rubbed off almost entirely, and I can only read half the code. Furthermore, the OS currently installed is a bootleg version from the previous owner (likely because they couldn't read it either), using a known bad license key.
I tried looking through Microsoft support, but they don't seem to have a live chat option for windows vista support. I was just wondering if there was a way to get issued a new key, or somehow recover this one via the serial number or something.