Can Windows Vista activation be postponed indefinitely?

In an earlier post, I had written about how you can continue to use Windows Vista without activation upto 120 days. But now it looks like that 120 days can become 360 days or even indefinite.

And unbelievably, you can do it with just a little tweak to the Registry. This workaround was discovered by Windows expert Brian Livingston. This isn’t a hacker exploit. It doesn’t require any tools or utilities whatsoever. All it involves is changing a Registry Key called SkipRearm from its default its value of ’00000000′ to any positive integer like ’00000001′. Once you have done that you can use slmgr -rearm at the command prompt to postpone the activation by 30 days as described in my earlier post. You can postpone activation 3 more time now. In other words everytime you reset the SkipRearm key in the Registry, you can user slmgr -rearm 3 times.

You can find more about this here.

Looks like Microsoft has labeled this method a hack, a term usually used to mean changing something illegally.

But I don’t understand why SkipRearm even exists in the first place.

If it is offered it will be taken.


  1. says

    @Sameer – As much as I would like to give you a solution, I find that you have not mentioned which version of Vista is installed in your Notebook. So if you could let me know the Version, we could try to solve the issue.

  2. sameer says

    I need help. I have bought sony notebook VGN-N21Z/W from Italy and the vista is installed in english. How I can convert the language of vista from italian to english.


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