Windows Vista activation (WPA) fails with third-party firewall

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microsoft logoWhile trying to activate your brand new Windows Vista through (WPA), the whole process could meet some issue due to third-party firewall that is set to use HTTPS authentication to enable access to the Internet. To fix this issue read this trick:

  1. Click Start, type Internet Options in the Start Search text box, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Security tab.
  3. Click Trusted Sites.
  4. Click Sites.
  5. Under Add this Web site to the zone, type the IP address or the DNS name of the non-Microsoft firewall.
  6. Click Add, and then click Close.
  7. Restart Windows Internet Explorer. If you are prompted, accept the warning message about the firewall certificate.

Source: KB951011

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