January 30th, 2007
Anyone can install Windows Vista on a PC without needing a product key. After installation you get 30 days to evaluate the operating system before you have to enter a product key and activate it.
However, there is a legal way to extend this grace period to 120 days. This isn't a hack or some evil crack - it's a method that's been put in place by Microsoft.
- Log in to the system as an Administrator.
- Press Windows key + R to bring up a Run dialog.
- Type cmd and press OK.
- Type slmgr -rearm and press ENTER.
That's it. You can extend the grace period up to three times, giving you a total testing time of 120 days. I suppose if you were willing to reinstall your OS every 120 days, you could run Vista for free indefinitely. That would be a major hassle though.
Thanks to Jeff Atwood for this trick.
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