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Old 31-03-2008
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how disable automatic activation?

This is my 4th Vista install on this box in a week and a half. This time I
failed to uncheck the "activate automatically" box after I entered the key.
Checking System, it says I have 3 days before automatic activation. How do
I kill that? - if this one flies, it won't be ready for at least 5 days.

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Old 31-03-2008
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as administrator open a command prompt

slmgr -rearm

thanks but nope - still 3 days.
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Old 31-03-2008
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see link at: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=222
registry mod for this situation:
read it CAREFULLY - the item you're changing is "Manual" and the Data value
is changed from 0 to 1 .

You are responsible if you touch your registry - don't unless you know what
you are doing and have backup images.

Now says 30 days.

Well I don't know that, that should have done the trick
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Old 22-05-2010
Join Date: May 2010
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Re: how disable automatic activation?

I found a solution that solved this problem in Server 2008. It is a combination of a couple of postings:

Found a solution:

Disable the Auto-activation feature
To disable the Auto-activation feature, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in thePrograms list.
Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.
2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL\Activation
3. Change the DWORD value Manual to 1.
0 = Allow Auto-activation (Default)
1 = Disable Auto-activation
4. Change the DWORD value NotificationDisabled to 1.
5. Exit Registry Editor
6. Open Command Prompt and enter slmgr -rearm
7. Restart the computer.
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