If you guys didn't know, you can install Windows Vista without a CD key. You will then have 30 days to type in a key and activate or else you're going to be locked out.
That is unless you run cmd as admin and type in slmgr -rearm and you can do that up to 3 times, extending the grace period up to 120 days.
However, there is a neat registry hack that you can do that will let you keep typing in slmgr -rearm as many times as you want and keep using Vista for an entire year without typing in a key.
The registry entry to change is a DWORD one called "SkipRearm" and the default value is 0. Set it to 1.
It's located at
[code]Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Win dows NT\CurrentVersion\SL[/code]
Last edited by Jyuu; 03-16-2007 at 02:05 PM.
Microsoft, you bunch of dumbasses. I can't beleive they actually come right out and tell you that!!! XD
Well this will hold some over till SP1 comes out and we really see what Vista can do, eh?
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Originally Posted by Jyuu
but seriously, why not giving vista out for free while they are at it ??? xD
microsoft != logic
Hahaha, way to go M$
Actually, there are some Chinese hacking patch already out, it will stop the timer countdown, so you will always have 30 days forever automatically.
Disclaimer: for educational purposes only.
btw, I just reinstalled Vista, my ATI card didn't work properly by using WDM driver, until I installed the new driver from ATI, the funny thing is I didn't have any problem before with Vista RC1 regarding my ATI card, also there is a problem if I run windows sidebar wallpaper gadget, and that never happen with the Vista RC1.
OOOOH! That's an interesting trick I didn't know of. COOL!