Auto Activation of Microsoft® Windows® 7
What does automatic activation of Windows 7 operating system mean?
The automatic activation of Windows 7 operating system means the activation or verification of Windows 7 operating system automatically by the system without the interaction of the user. The automatic activation is a feature included in the new Windows operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 by Microsoft team. The option will be asked to the user while setting up the system. If the option is enabled then the auto activation utility starts trying to activate Windows 7 system within three days after login to the system for the first time. The activation period is 30 days for the Windows systems and the user should activate the software within that period. Also the hardware changes upon the systems also require the activation of Windows OS within three days. In such situations, the automatic activation can activate Windows without the user intervention.
Discussed below are some tips to disable the option:
- Disable the option at the time of installation
- Disable through Windows registry
- Tips to remember
Disable the option at the time of installation
The activation of Windows 7 operating system is required on the system upon which the software is installed. The automatic activation feature also included in the genuine versions of the software. While the user installs the software, the installation wizard will prompt the user about enabling the feature. At that time, de-select the option. Thus the automatic activation of the Windows 7 OS gets disabled. Else the auto activation starts working on the system and also cause annoy to the user.
Disable through Windows registry
Open Windows registry in Windows 7 system by typing ‘regedit’ at the search box in the start menu and press 'Enter'. Then an alert box will appear prompting the user to press either yes or no for continuing the action since the program that the user trying to access will make changes upon the system. Now open the activation folder at 'HKEY_LOCAL MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionSoftwareProtectionPlatform' key value. Then right click on 'Manual' option at the page and select the modify option. Change the parameter value data to 1 for disabling the auto activation. Now exit the registry editor and restart the system to make the changes to take effect.
The modification of the registry contents include high risk since the change of any values can affect the system process badly. So, the user should take extra care while modifying the registry values for disabling the automatic activation in Windows 7. The value 1 indicates disable and value 0 indicates enable of the auto activation feature. Do not alter other values in the activation folder.
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