Microsoft Activation

  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Great tool... However...  most of the computers I work on are individual/smb (OEM) machines store bought ie DELL HP etc..... requiring immediate re-activation.  I have found so far that only Volume Licensed machines work well... and are easiest to view.

    It is a royal pain...  I use Encase for my forensic analysis... and would love a simple way to get by the activation process so I can examine all the suspect machines more efficiently...

    Is there a magic bullet out there that will temporarily suspend the activation process while viewing a virtualized machine? 

    The only way around this issue is to Clone the mounted machine and do a repair/windows re-install with a Volume License Disk.... eating up more time....

    Any Suggestions/

    Ronald A. Kramer MCSE, ASE
    All Computer Solutions, Inc
    100 Commercial Street
    Portland, ME 04101
    617-297-2462 (skype)
    775-248-7623 (fax)

    • Matthew Geiger

      Matthew Geiger - 2006-12-26

      Yes, the activation requirement can be a significant obstacle for interacting with virtualized OEM installs. We'd be happy to hear of ideas for a solution that doesn't fall afoul of DMCA and related laws.

      In the meantime, there are a couple of alternatives (both have there own limitations) in addition to those that you noted.

      One is to boot the system in Safe Mode, which apparently bypasses/suspends the activation process. Another is to activate the virtualized system using the offline process provided by Microsoft (an automated telephone service) -- of course, you'll want to make sure that you remain compliant with applicable laws and Microsoft's license terms.


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