Tuesday, February 6th 2007

Vista Grace Period can be Extended to 120 Days

Although Microsoft isn’t too keen to mention this, a well documented “Easter-Egg” for Vista is that you can actually extend the activation grace period up to three times. If you buy a one copy of Windows, when you go to install it you have the option not to enter an activation code and try out another version to see what it’s like. By default, this will only last for 30 days without needing a code. However, DailyTech is reporting a supposedly legal Vista command that you can use to reset this 30 day countdown timer and get more use out of your install. All you have to do is simply launch a command prompt with administrator rights, type in slmgr –rearm and then you will be back up to 30 days. This won’t give you unlimited time however – you can only do it three times at the most, so that’s 120 days maximum. To test how long you have left, simply type slmgr –dli in a command prompt.Source: DailyTech
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8 Comments on Vista Grace Period can be Extended to 120 Days

#1
Alec§taar
Thanks for that tip Jim,

Mainly because it may be a while before I go to actually buy into VISTA, & I for one would like PLENTY OF TIME to poke & prod @ it first.

:)

* Gotta love it!

APK
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mullered07
by: Alec§taar
Thanks for that tip Jim,

Mainly because it may be a while before I go to actually buy into VISTA, & I for one would like PLENTY OF TIME to poke & prod @ it first.

:)

* Gotta love it!

APK
ditto the only reason i havent installed it is because

a] im not buying it until a good few updates have been brought out

b] im not installing a "free ;) " version for 14/30 days

so now i might install if it gives me a whole 120 days, chances are i format/clean install in that time anyway :D
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Jimmy 2004
by: mullered07
so now i might install if it gives me a whole 120 days, chances are i format/clean install in that time anyway :D
Good point... when you think about the scale of it, that's only three formats a year - not too bad. Admittedly after the first couple of days I think it will start nagging a little bit, but if you want to put up with that you should be ok. Plus there is probably some registry setting to stop that, but that might be illegal.
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zekrahminator
McLovin
Wait a minute...this whole "MS grace period" thing doesn't make sense to me. You spend $120 on a copy of Home Premium (thanks to Newegg OEM copies), and if you don't like it, you return it. You like it, activate it ASAP. What would be the point of leaving it un-activated, unless you like frequent bubble reminders "this copy ain't activated yet"?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
same here. Thanks Jimmy.
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Jimmy 2004
by: zekrahminator
Wait a minute...this whole "MS grace period" thing doesn't make sense to me. You spend $120 on a copy of Home Premium (thanks to Newegg OEM copies), and if you don't like it, you return it. You like it, activate it ASAP. What would be the point of leaving it un-activated, unless you like frequent bubble reminders "this copy ain't activated yet"?
Or if a friend has a copy you could borrow that and see if you like it. I know it isn't strictly legal, but it's lets you decide if you want it and make your mind up... over a longer period of time.

And I guess some people interpret "friend" as being a metaphor for "torrent", but there you go.
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mullered07
by: Jimmy 2004
Or if a friend has a copy you could borrow that and see if you like it. I know it isn't strictly legal, but it's lets you decide if you want it and make your mind up... over a longer period of time.

And I guess some people interpret "friend" as being a metaphor for "torrent", but there you go.
lol :roll:

friends are the best :rockout: *cough* biohazard4 *cough*
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#8
tigger
I'm the only one
heres the contents of the slmgr file,some nteresting stuff,and it has all the commands listed.

[Strings]
L_optInstallProductKey="ipk"
L_optInstallProductKeyUsage="Install product key (replaces existing key)"
L_optUninstallProductKey="upk"
L_optUninstallProductKeyUsage="Uninstall product key"
L_optActivateProduct="ato"
L_optActivateProductUsage="Activate Windows"
L_optDisplayInformation="dli"
L_optDisplayInformationUsage="Display license information (default: current license)"
L_optDisplayInformationVerbose="dlv"
L_optDisplayInformationUsageVerbose="Display detailed license information (default: current license)"
L_optExpirationDatime="xpr"
L_optExpirationDatimeUsage="Expiration date for current license state"
L_optClearPKeyFromRegistry="cpky"
L_optClearPKeyFromRegistryUsage="Clear product key from the registry (prevents disclosure attacks)"
L_optInstallLicense="ilc"
L_optInstallLicenseUsage="Install license"
L_optReinstallLicenses="rilc"
L_optReinstallLicensesUsage="Re-install system license files"
L_optDisplayIID="dti"
L_optDisplayIIDUsage="Display Installation ID for offline activation"
L_optPhoneActivateProduct="atp"
L_optPhoneActivateProductUsage="Activate product with user-provided Confirmation ID"
L_optReArmWindows="rearm"
L_optReArmWindowsUsage="Reset the licensing status of the machine"
L_optSetKmsName="skms"
L_optSetKmsNameUsage="Set the name and/or the port for the KMS computer this machine will use"
L_optClearKmsName="ckms"
L_optClearKmsNameUsage="Clear name of KMS computer used (sets the port to the default)"
L_optSetActivationInterval="sai"
L_optSetActivationIntervalUsage="Set interval (minutes) for unactivated clients to attempt KMS connection. The activation interval must be between 15 minutes (min) and 30 days (max) although the default (2 hours) is recommended."
L_optSetRenewalInterval="sri"
L_optSetRenewalIntervalUsage="Set renewal interval (minutes) for activated clients to attempt KMS connection. The renewal interval must be between 15 minutes (min) and 30 days (max) although the default (7 days) is recommended."
L_optSetKmsListenPort="sprt"
L_optSetKmsListenPortUsage="Set TCP port KMS will use to communicate with clients"
L_optSetDNS="sdns"
L_optSetDNSUsage="Enable DNS publishing by KMS (default)"
L_optClearDNS="cdns"
L_optClearDNSUsage="Disable DNS publishing by KMS"
L_optSetNormalPriority="spri"
L_optSetNormalPriorityUsage="Set KMS priority to normal (default)"
L_optClearNormalPriority="cpri"
L_optClearNormalPriorityUsage="Set KMS priority to low"
L_ParamsActivationID=""
L_ParamsActivationIDOptional="[Activation ID]"
L_ParamsActIDOptional="[Activation ID | All]"
L_ParamsProductKey=""
L_ParamsLicenseFile=""
L_ParamsPhoneActivate=""
L_ParamsSetKms=""
L_ParamsSetListenKmsPort=""
L_ParamsSetActivationInterval=""
L_ParamsSetRenewalInterval=""
L_MsgHelp_1="Windows Software Licensing Management Tool"
L_MsgHelp_2="Usage: slmgr.vbs [MachineName [User Password]] [
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