January 25th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Vista SP1 and Windows Activation
Anyone had any fun with SP1 yet? I installed it about two weeks ago; right after I did that, I got the "Windows needs to be activated" window popping up on my desktop (strange, as I activated my copy a year ago). I tried to have it activate my copy multiple times, but it would just there and do nothing. This morning, I reboot my computer, and the whole thing is locked down - only option is to activate. I try the Internet activation - denied. I call the automated system - denied. We verify the numbers multiple times, I talk to a supervisor - denied. Finally got someone helpful on the line at the technical department, telling me that somehow, in some cases, SP1 manages to change the activation ID of Windows (?!?), so the confirmation ID does not match anymore...
If you're in the same case, here's how to liberate Windows from being taken hostage by faulty activation crap (for a couple of days at least, which is definitely better than being totally locked out). At the confirmation screen, start Windows in limited mode. This will do nothing but open Internet Explorer and take you to a site where you can purchase a license (yeah right). You'll need to get to a command prompt (as Administrator - In IE, select File --> Open, then browse to C:\Windows\System32, and start cmd.exe as Administrator. In the command prompt, type "slmgr - rearm", and you'll get a couple days' respite. This command actually resets the licensing status of your machine, and after that calling in with the ID should work...
Might save someone a whole bunch of heart attacks!
January 30th, 2008, 01:29 PM
I re-opened this without the clutter at the request of a member.
January 30th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Thanks there Negative
Who was this unsuspecting member :/
Anyway thanks for the info. My AV program blocked the script so I have just asked the technicans how to filter it through. Just waiting on a response then I will run the script.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
January 30th, 2008, 03:10 PM
Thanks Neg, for the info. One of my neighbors came by crying about his laptop not working properly and what do you know, it's running Vista SP1.
After giving him the obligatory speech on what constitutes a "working" OS I pointed him over here. He's been stuck on AO all night reading, pretty sad actually. I feel guilty for having hooked yet another person on the crack that is AO.
P.S. You should patent that spray you used to remove the clutter from the thread. You could call it "troll be gone" or how about "assy clean", Billy Mays would love it.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
- Samuel Johnson