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Activation of Windows 7

    Question

  • Hello people.
    im using windows 7 beta for few weeks and its great!
    the thing is, when i first installed it, i activated it and it worked fine.
    after a week or so, i noticed that windows still needds activation(it showed in the status on my computer)
    no i try to activate it and it gives me the following error:

    code: 0x8004FC13
    unable to find a detailed error description
    facility code: ITF(0x04)

    Facility error: 0xFC13 (64531L


    does anyone know why it happens and what can i do about it? there are 8 days left for the activation and i need the computer for school.
    thanks in advance, Or.


    Thursday, February 26, 2009 4:45 PM

Answers

  • You should not use a beta product for production work such as school.  However, you can “rearm” Windows 7 up to 5 times if necessary.  That will give you five months or so to troubleshoot your activation problem.

    At an administrative command prompt (right-click Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”), type slmgr –rearm. Once you reboot, do a slmgr /dlv. At the bottom, it will show you how many times you can “rearm” your Windows 7 install.

    Even if you were fully activated, all of us will have to take some sort of drastic measure come Aug 1, 2009.



    Monday, March 02, 2009 12:28 AM

All replies

  • You should reconsider using a beta for vital school work, especially if your Product Key is failing to activate it. One thing you might try is a System Restore point to before the key failure.
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    Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP
    Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:53 PM
  • You should not use a beta product for production work such as school.  However, you can “rearm” Windows 7 up to 5 times if necessary.  That will give you five months or so to troubleshoot your activation problem.

    At an administrative command prompt (right-click Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”), type slmgr –rearm. Once you reboot, do a slmgr /dlv. At the bottom, it will show you how many times you can “rearm” your Windows 7 install.

    Even if you were fully activated, all of us will have to take some sort of drastic measure come Aug 1, 2009.



    Monday, March 02, 2009 12:28 AM
  • thanks! actually i activated it through phone, but if it happens again ill try to do what youve told me :)
    Thursday, March 05, 2009 4:37 PM
  • Hi,

    @Darien

    Can I do this on XP and Vista (Prolong activation priod) and how to do that?

    Thx.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:08 AM
  • Hi NovaLink,

    Why would you want to prolong the activation period for XP and Vista?


    John Barnett MVP: Windows XP Associate Expert: Windows Desktop Experience: Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk; Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org; Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org;
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 3:41 PM
  • My friend sell notebook with preinstalled XP and vista and do not want to reinstall it every 30 days ^^. Btw, need tip for xp
    . Vista do same as 7

    Friday, April 17, 2009 9:00 AM
  • I am running the new Windows 7 RC build 7100, x64 bit and running a clean install. When I try to activate it online, I get the same error as the earlier poster.

    The following information was found for this error:

    Code:
     0x8004FC13

    Description:
     Unavle to find a detailed error description.

    The facility code is: ITF (0x04)
    Facility error: 0xFC13 (64531L)

    Hopefully some of you have any idea why this happens and I cant activate the product. I really dont wanna have to reinstall again.
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 5:06 PM
  • At an administrative command prompt (right-click Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”), type slmgr –rearm.
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    Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 6:07 PM
  • OCH -

    You could also try what the OP on this thread did - they activated over the phone...

    Thursday, May 14, 2009 7:47 PM
  • Yeah, I followed the "activate over the phone" option, but there was absolutely no link to any phone numbers whatsoever, Windows 7 was not possible to choose.

    The "slmgr –rearm " command gave me no usable effect, it just gave me the windows saying "Invalid combination of command parameters". It might have been removed in RC perphaps, while it was still in Beta.

    However, when I used slmgr for the new serial number, and then ran slmgr /ato it seemed to have activated just fine :) So all in all that solved the problem. Thanks guys.
    • Edited by OCHNorway Friday, May 15, 2009 6:45 AM
    Friday, May 15, 2009 6:41 AM
  • Yeah, I followed the "activate over the phone" option, but there was absolutely no link to any phone numbers whatsoever, Windows 7 was not possible to choose.

    The "slmgr –rearm " command gave me no usable effect, it just gave me the windows saying "Invalid combination of command parameters". It might have been removed in RC perphaps, while it was still in Beta.

    However, when I used slmgr for the new serial number, and then ran slmgr /ato it seemed to have activated just fine :) So all in all that solved the problem. Thanks guys.


    Use "slmgr /rearm "
    Thursday, July 02, 2009 4:03 PM
  • make sure to append the .vbs file extension:

    yes:  slmgr.vbs -rearm
    no:    slmgr -rearm 
    Thursday, July 02, 2009 4:54 PM
  • Use "slmgr /rearm "

    You're an idiot......

    he said slmgr is not a recognized window command and I get the same issue......

    any help pls?

    Monday, January 13, 2014 7:32 AM
  • Use "slmgr /rearm "

    You're an idiot......

    he said slmgr is not a recognized window command and I get the same issue......

    any help pls?

    Berating someone on a 4 1/2 year old post won't help.  

    The best thing to do if you are having activation issues is to go to the correct forum and post a diagnostic in a new thread.  Read the instructions here and then post your results in a brand new thread of your own making in this forum.  Someone who has expertise in this area will come along to help you in short order.


    Please do not read this sentence. Please ignore the previous sentence.

    Monday, January 13, 2014 4:20 PM

  • Use "slmgr /rearm "

    Thank you! This worked!

    I kept typing "slmgr -rearm" and kept getting an error.

    Typing "slmgr /rearm" instead worked just like you said.

    Again thank you.


    • Edited by DaBrinster Saturday, February 01, 2014 10:31 PM
    Saturday, February 01, 2014 10:03 PM