Trick Lets Windows 7 to Run 120 Days for Free

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bertschkid

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I used to wipe about 4 times a year just because I like the feeling of a fresh windows install. However, now I use my computer a lot for business and I haven't reinstalled windows since I got Vista in August of last year.

However, I will probably get Windows 7 so will wipe everything in October.
 

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[citation][nom]daship[/nom]If you wipe that much you need to learn a little bit about a computer.[/citation]
if you're running x64 with a lot of 32 bit programs it tends to fragment the crap out of your hdd. So W&RL is required. Try all the defrag programs you want, try as you might they still don't work nearly as well as a fresh install. win xp x64 you're looking at 27% or more fragmentation after defrag. A fresh install is also great because you can install all of the latest and greatest dri\/ers without worrying weather they were remo\/ed properly or not. Just makes sense on a windows machine. Linux kernels howe\/er are a different story.

I generally do 6 months or so anyway, keep all my install files updated and on a separate hdd. Works out fine for me.
 

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Awesome, so they are telling us, and the general public how to avoid activation.

Sounds like a great way to bring in more consumers to use legit copies. Use this for 4 months then wipe your HD and start this all over again.
 
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Meh, I reinstall more than once a month anyway so whatever.

No, I don't have to do that but keeping a minimal OS-install means it's the most efficient way to keep a clean install for half an hour's worth of work.
 

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[citation][nom]Boxa786[/nom]Awesome, so they are telling us, and the general public how to avoid activation.Sounds like a great way to bring in more consumers to use legit copies. Use this for 4 months then wipe your HD and start this all over again.[/citation]
No, after March 1, 2010 all PC's with Windows 7 RC installed will begin to automatically shutdowns every 2 hours whether its user instructed or not. This will happen till June 1 2010, when it will fully expire, so its best to either move on to Windows 7 or downgrade to Vista or XP before this time, because you'll be locked out completely. I say move on to 7 or go back to XP.
 

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[citation][nom]daship[/nom]We are talking RTM not RC. Learn to read.[/citation]
haha, your right you got me. Today was the last day to download the RC that's why that was in my head. Thanks on that Daship.
 

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[citation][nom]zerapio[/nom]Wow, I reinstall once every 3 or 4. I'm in my 3rd year on my current rig and it still runs great.[/citation]
Geez, I don't feel so bad. I re-install about 3-4 times per year but from a disk image I created.
 

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To maximize the time up to 120 day best is to set up a Scheduled task, very easy. In this way you can rest assured that you will benefit from the maximum number of days without an activation code.
Hard to believe that Microsoft gives "for free", to users such a "treat".
 
[citation][nom]daship[/nom]All you that reinstall 4 times a year really need to learn how to set up your system.Lay off the porn a little or something.[/citation]

While not so often, it does keep that fresh feeling going, and being a power user it definitely helps, and being head tech at work and making custom installs discs the install process only takes under an hour to get from nothing to a fully activated install with software and drivers - well worth the time.

Also if you are clever enough (may not support all users) you can get away with no 3rd party firewall or antivirus by avoiding the bad things etc - too easy for some, and gives you more performance (or should i say doesnt take any resources etc).
 

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Alright so this is what you do get your system up and running put all the programs you and and everything set up load G-parted and shrink that partition then copy that partition to a slightly larger partition then hide it from the OS if you can do this in a few days then do the extended period of evaluation and your good for120 days at the end of those 120 days take anything off you've got that wasn't backed up and load in G-parted and delete the 120 day old install and re copy the 1 day old copy still from the hidden partition all your programs are set up all your links are there all your passwords saved anything you've set up done and then you can update it what i do is i do that about once every 2-3 months and i clean my primary drive off of everything i don't need and back it up with g-parted to the hidden partition drivers are installed programs work the same everything is nice and where it needs to be so why wouldn't it work here?
 
[citation][nom]nachowarrior[/nom]if you're running x64 with a lot of 32 bit programs it tends to fragment the crap out of your hdd. So W&RL is required. Try all the defrag programs you want, try as you might they still don't work nearly as well as a fresh install. win xp x64 you're looking at 27% or more fragmentation after defrag. A fresh install is also great because you can install all of the latest and greatest dri\/ers without worrying weather they were remo\/ed properly or not. Just makes sense on a windows machine. Linux kernels howe\/er are a different story. I generally do 6 months or so anyway, keep all my install files updated and on a separate hdd. Works out fine for me.[/citation]

Dude, are you missing your V key?
 

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@ nitto

The activation method mentioned applies to RTM and the full release. So not only can this trick be used for the current RTM, it can be used for the full release version(s).


And no its not a new trick, the whole point of this article is to say that the same trick on vista's activation system can be used on windows 7.
 

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Just save yourself the time, run Win 2008 server R2 (windows 7, built for speed and efficiency) and get 60 days per rearm! That's 240 days of grace from a single install, by then the next beta will probably be out!
 

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MS is doing so much this time round, to fix where they went wrong with Vista and to try and get those who would usually use an illegal copy to buy instead.

With the prices so low for Win 7 release, and the great reviews its had, I think more atleast 50% of the illegal copy users will choose to buy instead.

BUT Win 7 RC is still valid till July 2010, so theres no need for people using that to take on Win 08 Server, R2, RC or whatever new update comes out for that.
 
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