Extend Windows Vista activation period

Windows Vista has like Windows XP a 30 day activation period, and if not able to perform the Windows Product Activation within the period then it is crippled to only boot in safemode.

Windows Vista has a Software Licensing Manager, which can be used to extend the activation period with another 30 days (Must be executed from an Elevated Command Prompt with Administrator privileges):

cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm

This can also be done with this command:

rundll32 slc.dll,SLReArmWindows

The above commands can be executed 3 times (in total 120 days), and then it will not extend the activation period any longer. Running this command from a command-prompt will show the new expiration date of the activation period:

cscript slmgr.vbs -xpr

Note it is possible to perform the rearm indefinitely by setting this registry key before running the rearm command:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \SL]
SkipRearm = 1

Credits WindowsSecrets.com

Updated: 23 September 2007

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