Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hack Windows Vista Activation

How miserly is that Windows Vista gives you only one month of trial for a whole damn Operating system? I can understand it for a registry cleaner or an antivirus software. But for an OS, isn't it too low? So here is a legal way to increase it and forget about registering by pay.

  1. check the activation expiry date with the command: slmgr -xpr
  2. Go to bottom left corner
  3. Navigate to this path:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL
  4. Double-click SkipRearm and change the value to 1.
  5. Note: this registry hack does not make any sense on a machine which has already been activated!
  6. Now remember to run the 30 day extension command: slmgr -rearm
  7. Restart the machine. After it reboots, run slmgr -xpr and check the expiry date.
  8. Check the registry setting SkipRearm, slmgr resets the value to zero.

[Note: we don't encourage you to use these techniques (taken from because we do not practice them ourselves. But if you do, don't forget to leave a feedback and also before playing with the registry do not forget to make a backup]

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