First 120 days of Windows 7 are free

Posted on Monday, Aug 24 2009 @ 07:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft confirmed that like Vista, Windows 7 can be used for up to 120 days without providing a product activation key. Normally you only get 30 days, but by using the slmgr-rearm command at the Windows 7 command prompt users can extend the deadline.
Although Microsoft generally touts a 30-day time limit for users to activate their copies of the company's operating system, a little-known command designed for corporate administrators can be used by anyone to "reset" the countdown up to three times.

Late yesterday, the Windows Secrets newsletter published step-by-step instructions on using a single-line command to add an additional 90 days to the stock 30-day grace period.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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