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What happens when the 30 day grace expires on Windows activation RRS feed

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  • Can anyone tell me what, exactly, will happen to a workstation that has used up its 30 days of grace and is now in "Notification mode"?  Other than nagging the user, what are the other side effects?  I read on another forum that the machine will reboot every 2 hours but I'm skeptical of this one. 

    Before you say "just don't let it happen", I'll say we're using Deep Freeze and did not have our usual spring thawed maintenance period to allow our machines to reactivate and now many of them are in the 30 day grace, some will be entering the Notification mode in a few days and I need to know if I need to take steps to activate them, or just let our users live with the nag screens for another month.

    Thanks for the help.


    • Edited by J. Wall Monday, May 6, 2013 4:33 PM
    Monday, May 6, 2013 4:24 PM

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  • Open a command prompt (run as Administrator) and at the prompt enter:   slmgr   -rearm      and press the 'Enter' key.

    This will get you another 30 days.

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 6:05 PM
  • ...or maybe activate them?

    Just sayin'

    Monday, May 6, 2013 6:15 PM
  • I appreciate the replies but neither really answers my question... 

    I also called Microsoft and after getting bounced around to 8 different people I've come to the conclusion that they don't even know what happens during notification mode. 

    Does anyone here know?

    Monday, May 6, 2013 6:32 PM
  • I have heard the reboot after 2 hours thing as well, but that was for the Release Candidate version.  Not sure if it was applied to the final.  It may just lock you out until it is activated.  Either one would not surprise me.  Sooooo why wouldn't you just activate them?  And why are you skeptical of the 2 hour reboot?
    Monday, May 6, 2013 6:45 PM
  • There is no 2-hour reboot.

    Functionality is limited depending on the version and SP level  - for Windows 7 the effects are relatively minor.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 7:35 PM
  • I set the BIOS date / time ahead on a laptop here that I'm testing with so that it is in Notification Mode, I've noticed more frequent sys-tray popups saying "This copy of Windows is not genuine" but it has not shut down after sitting for 3 hours now.

    We have 1500 desktops / laptops, I need to weigh the impact of our users being nagged versus my time fixing that many machines.  This is only a problem because we use Deep Freeze, any other enterprise not using Deep Freeze wouldn't have this problem.  That's why I ask what else will happen besides the nag messages.  If that is the worst that will happen, I can wait the 30 days until school is out for the summer and then proceed with my usual summer process of reimaging all desktops / laptops.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 7:53 PM
  • Based on this article: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/happens-windows-not-activated-34196.html

    It appears that Windows Updates no longer functions, besides the warnings and black background.

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 8:21 PM
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:16 AM
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  • Based on this article: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/happens-windows-not-activated-34196.html

    It appears that Windows Updates no longer functions, besides the warnings and black background.

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

    WU still functions - but will only download security updates


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:23 PM
  • Any update to the current situation?

    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, May 9, 2013 3:20 AM
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  • Well from the info others have provided here it looks like the only thing that will affect us is the nag screens prompting to activate.  We're going to go ahead and thaw our machines and run a batch file to activate them all.
    Thursday, May 9, 2013 3:29 PM