January 17, 2010

Delaying Product Activation

Here’s how to re-arm the Windows 7 product-activation grace period:

1. Open the Start menu, select Search, and type cmd.

2. Right-click the cmd shortcut that appears and choose Run as Administrator from the pop-up menu that appears. Windows 7’s command-line window appears.

3. Type the following text in the command-line window and press Enter when complete: slmgr.vbs -rearm. When the command is run successfully, the Windows Script Host window show popup: “Command completed successfully. Please restart the system for the changes to take effect.”

4. Click OK to close the Windows Script Host window and then restart the PC. When you reboot, reload the System window. The grace period has been reset to 30 days.

How To Install Windows 7

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Clean Setup

This section walks you through the entire Windows 7 setup process, using Microsoft’s Setup Wizard. This application was completely overhauled for Windows Vista and then further streamlined for Windows 7, and it’s now much simpler and faster-moving, especially when compared to the version used in Windows XP.

Follows these instructions to install Windows 7:

32-bit Versions of Windows 7

The differences between 32-bit (x86) versions of Windows 7 and 64-bit (x64) versions are more complex, but here’s the weird bit: though virtually every single PC sold over the past several years was x64 compatible, virtually every single copy of Windows that went out the door before Windows 7 was, in fact, a 32-bit version.

No more. With Windows 7, it’s time to leave the 32-bit world behind for good, and the frst step is to run a 64-bit version of Windows 7. These versions of Windows 7 are fully compatible with most of the 32-bit software that runs on 32-bit versions of the OS, and they are likewise just about as compatible with the wide number of hardware devices that are available on the market.