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Old 01-30-2007, 06:07 PM   #1
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Extending Vista's Grace Period by up to 120 Days

Every Vista DVD includes the ability to install any edition of Vista without a product key. When you install without a product key, you get an automatic 30 day evaluation period (the Enterprise edition of Vista only allows a 3 day grace period. The enterprise edition uses a local volume license key server).

You can extend the 30-day Windows Vista grace period by up to 120 days. This is an supported method directly from Microsoft.

To extend the grace period another 30 days, simply start a command prompt as Administrator, and issue this command:

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slmgr -rearm
Reboot for the change to take effect, and you have 30 more days. You can only extend three times, so the total grace period for a Vista evaluation is 120 days.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:18 PM   #2
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Official Way to Install and Use Windows Vista without Activation for Free for 120 Days

By default, Windows Vista can be installed, used and run without any license, product key or the need of activation for 30 days grace period, for purpose of trial or evaluation. Although Microsoft initially stressed that users should purchase a license with valid product key before the trial period expires, or else Windows Vista will lock into Reduced Functionality Mode. However, a “rearm” method has long since been discovered to be able to extend, or reset the remaining time for activation to another fresh 30 days, for up to 3 times.

Now Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Vista can be used and run for 120 days or 4 months (3 rearms), and extending the activation grace period is not a violation of the Vista End User License Agreement (EULA). All versions of Vista include Windows Vista Ultimate allow a 30-day free period without activation, except the corporate-oriented Vista Enterprise, which supports only a three-day trial.

To extend, reset or restart the initial OOB grace period of Windows Vista to another 30 days, use the following steps:
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  1. Click on Vista Start button and key in Cmd in Start Search box.
  2. Press on Ctrl-Shift-Enter to open Command Prompt with administrative credentials (equivalent to “Run as Administrator”).
  3. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter when done: slmgr -rearm or you can use sysprep /generalize
  4. Reboot the computer.
  5. Rearm again when the remaining activation grace period timer counts down to 0 days.
Rearm option resets the computer’s activation timer and reinitializes some activation parameters.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:04 AM   #3
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Microsoft approved!

Directly from Microsoft:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:13 AM   #4
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Extentions for up to a year?

Step 1: While running a copy of Windows Vista that hasn't yet been activated, click the Start button, type regedit into the Search box, then press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

Step 2: Explore down to the following Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ SL

Step 3: Right-click the Registry key named SkipRearm and click Edit. The default is a Dword (a double word or 4 bytes) with a hex value of 00000000. Change this value to any positive integer, such as 00000001, save the change, and close the Registry Editor.

Step 4: Start a command prompt with administrative rights. The fastest way to do this is to click the Start button, enter cmd in the Search box, then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter. If you're asked for a network username and password, provide the ones that log you into your domain. You may be asked to approve a User Account Control prompt and to provide an administrator password.

Step 5: Type one of the following two commands and press Enter:

slmgr -rearm
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rundll32 slc.dll,SLReArmWindows

Either command uses Vista's built-in Software Licensing Manager (SLMGR) to push the activation deadline out to 30 days after the command is run. Changing SkipRearm from 0 to 1 allows SLMGR to do this an indefinite number of times. Running either command initializes the value of SkipRearm back to 0.

Step 6: Reboot the PC to make the postponement take effect.
After you log in, if you like, you can open a command prompt and run the command slmgr -xpr to see Vista's new expiration date and time. You can find a explanation of the slmgr command and its parameters in Brian's article.

Step 7: To extend the activation deadline of Vista indefinitely, repeat steps 1 through 6 as necessary.

Again, documented by Microsoft:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
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Another 240 days?

You can get another 240 days with the following Registry tweak:

Open RegEdit and then navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\SL

In the right pane, right-click SkipRearm and then click Modify.

Change the 0 to a 1.

You should now be able to perform the above referenced slmgr -rearm command eight more times.
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