Monday, January 21, 2008

Delaying Vista Activation for a Year

In the January 2008 Edition of Maximum PC, page 45 there is a cool hack: How to delay the Vista Activation for at least a year - This is right out of the magazine:

To reset the timer to 30 day, open a command window in Administrative mode (At the start typ cmd, then press Ctrl-Shift-Enter) - then type slmgr -rearm. This starts the 30-day countdown again. It does this no matter how much time is left on the original countdown. You can do this 3 times for a total of 120 days. Then it will not work anymore.

But, I guess you can give yourself another 240 days by running regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WindowsNT\SL. Then it the right pane, right click SkipRearm and click MODIFY. Change the 0 to a 1.

Now the magazine says that Microsoft might fix or change this through an update, so know that, and you know the rules about modifying the registry - do it at your own risk ... blah, blah, blah.


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