Bypass Windows Vista/7 license activation


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Let’s suppose that you have a licensed copy of an Windows Vista/7 but lately you have installed-activated/uninstalled it for several times. At some point the Microsoft Activation Server just get bored and says “OK, if you want me to activate your license then please pick up the phone and call me!”.

What if you get bored (or you are just lazy) to call Microsoft and to justify yourself and to ask them “Please, can you activate the copy that I bought legally? Yes, I have an invoice, in fact I have 10 invoices because it happens that I bought more copies than I’m using right now. No, I’m not a software theft, I cross my heart and hope to die!”

Well, in that situation (let me make myself clear: when you both have the legal right to use that piece of software and you don’t break the EULA) you could just try to exploit one of the Windows Vista\7 weaknesses. In fact you could try to exploit more than one, I’m sure they are.

So you got a message like the one below (or similar):

Windows Activation - choose reduced functionality

Windows Activation – choose “..with reduced functionality”

I would recommend you to follow the steps already described here and/or here. You can even try the method presented here.

All these methods are just a temporary way of avoiding your Windows Vista/7 license activation. I don’t think they are a permanent solution.

If you are interested on Windows XP license activation you could read also an article I wrote about this.

[!] WARNING [!]

I would not recommend to anyone to try this procedure to gain the access to use an unlicensed copy of Windows. In fact, when dealing with licensed software (like Windows), I would strongly recommend you to contact your software provider to ask it if you are allowed to do something like that or not.  I wrote this article only for myself for research/educational purposes.

About Eugen Mihailescu

Always looking to learn more about *nix world, about the fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra and geometry. I am also passionate about programming, database and systems administration.
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