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Windows 7: What happens if you don't activate your windows?

14 Mar 2011   #1
villanuevayael

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
What happens if you don't activate your windows?

What happens if you don't activate your windows? What would Microsoft do about this? Its not that I don't have a licensed windows but I'm just curious what might happen if I don't get to activate/validate my windows but still could you it.


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14 Mar 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You have to activate it, or it goes into reduced functionality mode.

Here is a description of that that involves, from Microsoft;
Description of the behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista
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14 Mar 2011   #3
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by villanuevayael View Post
What happens if you don't activate your windows? What would Microsoft do about this? Its not that I don't have a licensed windows but I'm just curious what might happen if I don't get to activate/validate my windows but still could you it.
I think your questions will be answered here,

What happens if I don't activate Windows
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14 Mar 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You will start seeing Black Screens !


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14 Mar 2011   #5
villanuevayael

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You have to activate it, or it goes into reduced functionality mode.

Here is a description of that that involves, from Microsoft;
Description of the behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

--- I see, but these things are for Vista, are they also applicable to Windows 7?
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14 Mar 2011   #6
villanuevayael

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by villanuevayael View Post
What happens if you don't activate your windows? What would Microsoft do about this? Its not that I don't have a licensed windows but I'm just curious what might happen if I don't get to activate/validate my windows but still could you it.
I think your questions will be answered here,

What happens if I don't activate Windows


--- I've read the thread and it helps. Thanks for the answer though
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14 Mar 2011   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by villanuevayael View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You have to activate it, or it goes into reduced functionality mode.

Here is a description of that that involves, from Microsoft;
Description of the behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

--- I see, but these things are for Vista, are they also applicable to Windows 7?
From my understanding..Yes.
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15 Mar 2011   #8
villanuevayael

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by villanuevayael View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You have to activate it, or it goes into reduced functionality mode.

Here is a description of that that involves, from Microsoft;
Description of the behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

--- I see, but these things are for Vista, are they also applicable to Windows 7?
From my understanding..Yes.



---- Oh, thanks by the way for the thread reply. I greatly appreciate it.
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