Enable Or Disable Auto-Activation Feature in Windows 7 And Vista

As we all know Windows 7 and Vista provide an option to deactivate the auto-activation feature while you are installing it. But if you haven’t opted for deactivating it that time, the annoying auto-activation wizard comes into play as its time. So, here is a registry hack to deactivate the auto-activation in Windows 7 and Vista.

NOTE : Prior to making any changes in Windows Registry we strongly recommend you to back up Windows Registry. This ensures that you have an option to revert in case something goes wrong.

Enable And Disable Auto-Activation in Windows Vista

1. Open Start menu and type regedit in the search box. Now open the regedit.exe to start the registry editor. Or open Run by pressing the key combination Win Key + R and type regedit within it. Hit enter.

2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL\Activation.

3. Modify the DWORD value Manual. Right click on Manual, press Modify and then change the parameter Value Data to 1(to disable auto-activation) or 0(to enable auto-activation).

enable/disable auto-activation in windows vista | registry hack

4. Exit the editor and restart your computer to apply the changes.

Enable Or Disable Auto-Activation in Windows 7

The registry module in Windows 7 is a bit different.

1. Follow the steps 1 as described in previous section. You may get a User Account Control message for confirming the action. Press Yes to continue.

enable/disable auto-activation in windows 7 | uac confirmation

2. Now go to, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation.

enable/disable auto-activation in windows 7 | registry hack

3. Now again follow the steps 3 and 4 as told in the Vista section.

Thats all. From now on, you do not need to worry about the auto-activation feature in Windows.


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