License Information for Vista

How to See Windows Vista Current License Information
This will show you how to see the current license information by showing you the OS edition, what type of license you have (Volume License, Multiple Activation key, or a standard retail copy), part of the product key for verification, and the status of the activation.
How to See Windows Vista Current License Information

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This will allow you to check to see whether your computer has been activated properly by telling you the operating system and the edition, what type of license you have such as a Volume License or Multiple Activation key or a standard retail copy, gives part of the product key for your verification and the status of the activation.
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You will need to be logged on to an administrator account.

Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, Copy and Paste a command option (A to D) below in bold below that you want to do and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: It will take about 10 seconds for the display window to pop up with the license information. For a complete list of commands, see step 2D.​
A) slmgr.vbs -dli = To display partial license information. (See screenshot below)​

B) slmgr.vbs -dlv = To display detailed license information. (See screenshot below)​

C) slmgr.vbs -xpr = To display expiration date for current license state. (See screenshot below)​

D) slmgr.vbs = To display a complete list of options for license. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can also use type these commands to do what they describe.​

3. Click on OK to close window.​
That's it,

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Shawn Brink


Strange, I'm not sure why you would be getting denied. What happens when you run these commands from the Start menu while logged on to a administrator account?
Same thing happens but, it looks like I'm having a lot of issues right now. I can't access my control panel through start - control panel, I keep getting a pop-up about windows not being genuine, and my software licensing won't start. I have Windows Vista Ultimate so, it's 64 bit. I might just have to do a clean install which I really don't want to do. I thought that the problem could be a program that I installed thats not compatible with vista 64 but, I have no idea which program it could be. I've already uninstalled a couple programs.
Hello: The information presented here was very helpful. I was able to re-activate WinVista x64 by running the VB script with the -ato switch. The "notification" both in the form of a pop-up window, as well as that shown overlaid on my desktop, disappear ... that is until I re-boot. When I reboot I receive a notification that my version of Windows is genuine (cannot recall the actual wording) - this happens just prior to my WinVista desktop and icons show. Then I receive a second pop-up message as well as the desktop text overlay which indicate I do not have a valid/genuine version of Windows Vista (?).

I have installed Windows Vista from my MSDN subscription, using the key provided, and did not have this problem until recently. I use a program called CCleaner (crap cleaner from and thought I may have cleared out some file, but this is only a guess. I cannot believe it would be a result of a type of virus, but would be interested in finding out what is causing this, and appreciate any help and feedback on this!


*FYI, using the online verification tool from also works, temporarily.
Hello John, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure what may be causing your Vista to be invalidated like that, but have you tried the phone activation option yet to see how that may work for you instead?

Hope this helps,