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    Activation - Extend Trial Period
    Published by Brink is offline
    30 May 2007
    Activation - Extend Trial Period

    How to Extend Vista Trial Period for Up to 120 Days

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    Vista gives you a 30 day trial period before you have to activate Vista or pay for a product key number. This will show you how to extend the trial period 30 days at a time for up to 3 times for a total of 120 days before you must either activate with a legally purchased product key number or uninstall Vista.

    Microsoft has allowed this rearm option to extend this trial period for another 30 days for up to 3 times.

    3 (rearms) x 30 (days) = 90 (days extended) + 30 (default days) = 120 days total trial period.


    For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Activating Windows FAQs
    Note   Note

    Tip   Tip
    Common Activation ERROR Messages:

    For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB925616
    • Activate Windows Now
    • Your activation period has expired and Windows is no longer working.
    • To use Windows you must activate this copy of Windows.
    warning   Warning
    It is recommended to wait until you only have only 1 day to activate left before doing this to make the most out of the 3 times you have to use this rearm option.
    Be sure to activate Vista before the trial period runs out, or you will be in Reduced Functionality Mode.
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    To See How Long You Have Left On Trial Period:
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. Right click on Computer and click on Properties.
    A) Go to step 3.
    OR

    1. Open the Control Panel (Classic view)

    2. Click on System icon.

    3. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see this screenshot.
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-pid.jpg
    4. Activate Vista.




    STEP ONE

    In the Registry

    NOTE: You will need to make sure that the Data value for SkipRearm is set to 0 (zero) first for this to work.
    OPTION ONE:
    Using a REG File Download

    1. Set SkipRearm to 0 (number zero)
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Set_SkipRearm_to_0.reg
    download
    2. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    3. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    4. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    OPTION TWO:
    Manually in Registry Editor

    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. If prompted, click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-reg1.jpg
    5. To Set SkipRearm to 0 (number zero)
    A) In the right pane, right click on SkipRearm and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

    B) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-modify.jpg
    C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-reg2.jpg
    6. Close regedit.




    STEP TWO

    In the Command Prompt

    NOTE: Be sure to do Step One above first, or this may not work for you.
    1. Open a elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, type slmgr -rearm and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    WARNING: This will only work if you haven't used up your 3 times already. If this is past the 3 times, you will probably receive a VBScript permission denied error.
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-command_prompt.jpg
    3. It will take a few moments, but a window will pop-up asking to reboot. (See screeshot below)

    4. Click on OK and restart the computer.
    Activation - Extend Trial Period-success_prompt.jpg
    5. Your Activation period has been extended by 30 days.

    6. You can repeat the above steps up to 3 times for the full 120 days.You shouls onyl do this when your activation trial period is almost up to get the most out of the 3 times you have.
    NOTE: After doing this for 3 times, this will not work anymore and you must either activate with a legally purchased product key number or uninstall Vista.

    7. Activate Vista soon.
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Activation

    Updated 9-26-2007 to include more screenshots and easier instructions.

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    A) This will not work if you have the Vista SP1 (Service Pack) installed
    It works fine with Vista including SP1.
    Check before that in the registry
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL
    SkipRearm should be "0"
    Just tested on a new install with of course a good license key used during the setup as 2 days ago was the last day before activation.
    Don't work if SkipRearm key value is "1" and maybe if the trick was already used before installing SP1.

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    Thank you Sid. It has been added to the tutorial.

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    This didnt work for me I still got 15 days left.
    And yes I have checked everything and it should be right.

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    Hello The Geek,

    Did you recieve any errors while doing this?

    Have you already done this before for all 3 times? If so, it will not work again and a reinstall must be done to do it again.

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    OMG... Now 3 Days Left Before It I Have 27 Days Left....

    How To Undo It I try Both Method.....

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    Jeet,

    I would Activate Vista before you run out of time and go into Reduced Functionality Mode.

    Activate Vista by Phone

    Sorry,
    Shawn

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Jeet,

    I would Activate Vista before you run out of time and go into Reduced Functionality Mode.

    Activate Vista by Phone

    Sorry,
    Shawn
    Thanks Bro.... Its Worked....

    Btw, Why That Happen?

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    Re: Activation - Extend Trial Period

    Not sure why Jeet. Have you done this tip before on your current install of Vista before or after SP1 was installed?

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