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September 27, 2012 3:59:08 PM

Anyone know if they changed the activation period on windows 7 from 30 to 3 days? I have tried the SP1 iso's from digital river and softpedia but both the activation periods are 3 days. Just wondering if those were oem's or the period has changed.

Anyone know where I can get an iso with a 30 day activation on windows 7 home premium?
a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 4:11:21 PM

Run this from an elevated DOS prompt to reset the activation timeout. SLMGR /rearm. It can only be run 3 times before you have to reload Windows. Goggle slmgr if you want more info.
September 27, 2012 4:30:44 PM

Thanks for Info.

Tried that and rebooted but stil have 3 days to activate. My guess is that this is OEM or the activation period has been lowered via MS updates. Anyone know where to get an MS7 Home premium iso that will still allow 30 days for activation?
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September 27, 2012 4:32:05 PM

why don't you just activate it and not have this problem in the first place?
September 27, 2012 4:37:04 PM

Its for running a test in a lab so that wouldn't be a good option. Smug answers without any insight as to the reason for the request are not helpful.
September 27, 2012 4:42:40 PM

So buy a Win7 OEM version and don't activate it and you'll have a legal key to use on a computer of your choice.
September 27, 2012 4:52:49 PM

Wow this site is not as helpful as it used to be. Too many judges basing responses on too little information. All I wanted to do was run some tests on an iso in a lab for WHICH I DON"T CONTROL THE BUDGET!!!. THERE IS NOTHING UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL ABOUT THAT. THE TEST WILL TAKE MORE THAN DAYS AND LESS THAN 30 DAYS and I wont need the image after that.

If anyone knows where I can download a Windows 7 Home Premium ISO with a 30 day activation period thank you. THAT WAS ALL I ASKED FOR.
a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 5:14:24 PM

neteng1958 said:
Wow this site is not as helpful as it used to be. Too many judges basing responses on too little information. All I wanted to do was run some tests on an iso in a lab for WHICH I DON"T CONTROL THE BUDGET!!!. THERE IS NOTHING UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL ABOUT THAT. THE TEST WILL TAKE MORE THAN DAYS AND LESS THAN 30 DAYS and I wont need the image after that.

If anyone knows where I can download a Windows 7 Home Premium ISO with a 30 day activation period thank you. THAT WAS ALL I ASKED FOR.



Hi :) 

I would seriously lose the attitude before you get banned...

And YES it is UNETHICAL at the least to be doing work on a version of windows YOU HAVE NOT PAID FOR...

You could always ask MS that question..... but I do not think you will like the answer...

If your Lab commonly runs unpaid for software, I would ask them why.... I have no doubt they CHARGE for THEIR work so why cannot MS ?

All the best Brett :) 
a c 230 $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 5:16:37 PM

While the site is still very useful, we have no means to validate your story. There are simply piles of requests dealing with how to bypass Windows security measures. Those discussions are not allowed on Tom's Forums. Please take that into consideration.

Your best bet would be to activate the system (s) in question with a retail license. That way you can move the license at will later if necessary. Using an OEM license will tie your license to a particular motherboard. Up to you to determine if this is a problem or not.

What is the nature of the testing you are doing in the lab and how many systems are involved?
a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 5:16:54 PM

@Neteng1958, "free" ISOs do not give you any RIGHT to install Windows 7 at all, so what you're dping IS both UNETHICAL and ILLEGAL! If you need it for lab testing - explain that to the person running the lab.

For testing - MSDN Operating systems subscription will give you right TEST whatever you're testing.
a c 230 $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 5:20:20 PM

Alabalcho said:
For testing - MSDN Operating systems subscription will give you right TEST whatever you're testing.

This is great advice as well.
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