February 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm #28556
Hi guysA quick way to see if you windows is activated is to go to the start menu and choose run ftom the menu. Then type oobe/msoobe /a Make sure you leave a space between msoobe and the /a.Anyway I have only tried this on Windows XP so I don't know if it works on Vista yet.February 17, 2009 at 12:04 am #31221
If you have Vista, right click on 'computer' and select properties.You'll get the system properties page. If your Vista is not activated, at the bottom of this page, you'll see text telling you how long it is until you need to activate it. Its very easy to see, and if its not there, then your Vista has been activated.
February 17, 2009 at 5:31 am #31222MaraParticipant
Oh dod, you're bound to laugh at this but if you're computer is working (ergo, we can see the screen) – this means the computer is working?February 17, 2009 at 6:04 am #31223February 17, 2009 at 7:05 am #31224MaraParticipant
Now I understand – and thanks so much once more for explaining things so clearly!February 17, 2009 at 7:51 am #31225
Unfortunately you can disable the warnings in the notification area in Windows XP or alter the registry settings to change the details in Vista…You can change the activation time or patch it so it never nags you again. And there are people out there who do it all the time. For example a customer of mine bought a computer from a guy who showed my friend the computer working in perfect order, however Windows was not activated and my firend never bothered to check because there were no warnings. When the computer was restarted the warnings came back, but it was too late, because when he went to activate it Microsoft came back with a message saying it was a counterfeit copy of Windows. He was locked out of the computer until he had a genuine copy of Windows. Anyway I doubt anyone will remember what to write in to find this but this is a handy little trick if you are working with computers. You can't afford to have mistakes like that because it costs you money. You really need to know every trick in the book now days...(unfortunately)February 17, 2009 at 8:57 am #31226
I never thought of that.I know you can disable the warnings but I guess I just assumed that if its your own computer then you would know they had been disabled.I haven't personally come across this method of fraud, so it didnt even cross my mind that someone would do this. Just proves though.. always buy your computer stuff from someone reputable, especially if its secondhand!
February 18, 2009 at 6:29 am #31227coolbyParticipant
Unfortunately I won't remember this trick but I am sure the techies would need it.
I am not an expert but I am interested in learning. 🙂
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