Jump to content
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble

MSFN is made available via donations, subscriptions and advertising revenue. The use of ad-blocking software hurts the site. Please disable ad-blocking software or set an exception for MSFN. Alternatively, register and become a site sponsor/subscriber and ads will be disabled automatically. 

neo

[Tutorial] Clean Windows Vista Install - No Activation needed

Recommended Posts

Thinkster    0

So I went around to each machine and ran activation_backup.exe I then transfered the two files created to the Server too the respective subfolders of //Server/Activation named LABPC01, LABPC02, etc...

Also, I saved the Product key from the sticker on the outside of the machine (which is different from that captured by activation_backup.exe) to a text file called 'sticker_key.txt'

I'm thinking (actually hoping) that maybe in my script I can do an 'xcopy' of the appropriate folder from the server to the local harddrive of the machine and run the 'activation_restore.exe' from within that folder on the local drive. I don't know though if I'll be able to xcopy from the server in post sysprep mode. I'm guessing I'll have permissions issues or something or that the network will not be accessible yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
orev    0
So I went around to each machine and ran activation_backup.exe I then transfered the two files created to the Server too the respective subfolders of //Server/Activation named LABPC01, LABPC02, etc...

Also, I saved the Product key from the sticker on the outside of the machine (which is different from that captured by activation_backup.exe) to a text file called 'sticker_key.txt'

I'm thinking (actually hoping) that maybe in my script I can do an 'xcopy' of the appropriate folder from the server to the local harddrive of the machine and run the 'activation_restore.exe' from within that folder on the local drive. I don't know though if I'll be able to xcopy from the server in post sysprep mode. I'm guessing I'll have permissions issues or something or that the network will not be accessible yet.

I would guess that if you don't have network access at that point, then none of the proposed methods above would work, including if there was a way to tell activation_restore where to look for the files?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Thinkster    0

I got my script working. Of course there was prep work like obtaining the MAC ID for each machine as well as backing up the activation data from each machine to separate folders, but this will make it much easier for future deployments that I will be testing this next week.

See the thread Here for more info...

Special thanks to orev for the wonderful backup/restore application and whoever helped me 3 years ago or so with the original portion of the script!

Edited by Thinkster

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
orev    0
I got my script working. Of course there was prep work like obtaining the MAC ID for each machine as well as backing up the activation data from each machine to separate folders, but this will make it much easier for future deployments that I will be testing this next week.

See the thread Here for more info...

Special thanks to orev for the wonderful backup/restore application and whoever helped me 3 years ago or so with the original portion of the script!

Glad to hear that it's working for you. I think you've put together something really cool.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
orev    0
I think that non-OEM editions work too? I hope so. I dont like to make phone calls :(

No, it only works with OEM editions that are pre-installed by the OEM. If you have a retail version, you should be able to activate online without having to make the phone call.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
neo    1
Thanks, nice information and know about these stuffs. Thanks Ramesh.

:thumbup Thanks for valuable comments.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
glentium    0

sorry I'm late in this thread, but I've been an ABR user for years now, so I'm just wondering if the first post should be edited out of respect for Brian, the creator of ABR. Also, so that user always get the latest ABR version.

ABR homepage says:

"Please do not link directly to this file. If you like this utility and want to tell people about it, please link to this web site, and not directly to the exe/zip files."

thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
orev    0
sorry I'm late in this thread, but I've been an ABR user for years now, so I'm just wondering if the first post should be edited out of respect for Brian, the creator of ABR. Also, so that user always get the latest ABR version.

ABR homepage says:

"Please do not link directly to this file. If you like this utility and want to tell people about it, please link to this web site, and not directly to the exe/zip files."

thanks!

Thanks glentium. Also, there have been newer versions of ABR released since what is in the OP. Anyone who follows that link will get a file that contains nothing but a message that the link is out of date.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
netizen    0

Mine is Vista retail version, and this method did not work. Anyway I'm using Acronis True Image for backup my Vista, and something goes wrong, I can backup my whole vista.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
orev    0
Mine is Vista retail version, and this method did not work. Anyway I'm using Acronis True Image for backup my Vista, and something goes wrong, I can backup my whole vista.

ABR is not meant to work with Retail versions, so you are seeing the expected behavior. As you have found, Trueimage is a good method to backup as whole Vista install without dealing with activation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×