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Windows 7: The timebomb - what really happens

17 Apr 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64 Build 7068

Im curious as to the purpose of this thread...

When a copy expires it usually either :

1) Fails to function at all or
2) Functions with very limited functionality.

What else did you expect it to do? Run as normal? Expiry dates exist for a reason, and the end result is very predictable. PLUS why would you want to run pre-release software in 2010 when the real version then exists?

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17 Apr 2009   #12

Windos 7 x64

Firstly, there are ways to make Windows 7 beta last beyond its expiry date.
It's just a piece of software ... which can be altered like any other software as well.

Secondly, yes, why would anyone run the beta of an OS while the retail version is already out ?

And regarding the purpose, I can only guess that others feel the same like I do.
I'm so excited about Windows 7 that I don't want to lose it, under no circumstances.
Sounds like paranoid, right ? Yeah, I think I am.
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17 Apr 2009   #13


not everyone likes to do the dreaded R&R, reformat and reinstall.....

it takes time to backup and then reinstall software...

windows7 install is lessened but it takes 60 min for a laptop
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17 Apr 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600 RTM

i will be buying the final version, i done the test for informative purposes. the same reason i applied orbit's crack to see whether removing the software licensing manager (activation) stops the time bomb (of course i did a fresh install after testing the crack).
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17 Apr 2009   #15

Windows 7 b7127

I think Termana did a valid test if the computer wasn't connected to the internet. Also, allowing BIOS to synch time with the internet would not eliminate the need for a CMOS battery as that battery also helps the BIOS remember all the other settings, not just time. Now, non-volatile flash memory for bios settings would eliminate the need for a battery, but that could introduce problems in resetting the BIOS settings if a wrong setting stops the computer from POSTing as a simple jumper would not be enough to clear the data recorded in non-volatile flash memory...
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17 Apr 2009   #16

Win 7 7100

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Termana View Post
I searched around trying to find out what would happen when the timebomb (beta expiry) comes around. It seems like no one had tried it! So I decided to boot into a Linux live cd and change my date/time to find out (my bios has no option of changing date/time). I tried the method for both, an activated copy and an unactivated copy. The unactivated copy had the wallpaper go black, and the "This copy of Windows is not genuine" watermark appeared (I was still in the 30 grace period before). The activated copy done exactly the same (as well as System Properties not showing the genuine label anymore). I speculated that it may go into the RFM that was with Vista pre-SP1, but it didn't, Windows just became not genuine.
Nope its more then that
Areo is gone and a few other functions

you will be able to get your info off but all the things that makes 7 cool will be gone.

no free ride
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17 Apr 2009   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600 RTM

That is what would happen when you become not genuine. the time bomb is apart of the software licensing manager (activation), when it "goes off" you simply become permanately deactivated. orbits crack removes the service. windows has been built so that your only marked as not genuine when certain things happen. the slmgr not responding is not one of those.
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22 Feb 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Does anyone know if there's a way to remove the timebomb from beta builds older than 7000? I really need to get rid of that bomb before March, 1. I didn't even knew about that thing when I installed the OS.
I've searched for solutions, but no luck so far.
If someone can tell me how to avoid expiration I'd be grateful.
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22 Feb 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition

you need to get an authentic copy of windows. starting in march it it will shut down every two hours from what i understand this will happen without warning and will not save whatever you are currently working on. then i can't remember exactly when but i think june or july the rc builds will completely cease to work.
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22 Feb 2010   #20

Win7 Home Premium 64x

Alexium, Discussing this here is not allowed, and I think the general consensus would be for you to purchase a valid copy of Windows 7 or go back to your previous OS.

The point of the Beta wasn't to give away free software, it was to allow the community to preview it and give input on what was wrong or right or could be better.
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