Run Windows Vista for 120 days without activation key
Well, as Dwight Silverman found out the hard way, on day 31 Windows boots up and gives you a warning message that you're running a version of Vista that's not "genuine." Then Internet Explorer opens up and asks if you'd like to purchase an activation key. Silverman was able to figure out how to open a few programs and move a few files around through the Internet Explorer interface, which was necessary because he wanted to clean up the PC before returning the evaluation computer he'd been using.
But it turns out there's an officially supported way to turn that 30 day evaluation period into 120 days.
You can "re-arm" the trial period for another 30 days, and do so up to 3 times. Here's how it works:
- Click on the start button and type "Cmd" into the Start Search box.
- Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter to open the command prompt.
- Type "slmgr -rearm" and hit enter.
- Reboot the computer.
- Make sure to re-arm the system again 29 or 30 days later.