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Activating Windows 7 Beta (build 7000): Windows Server 2008-Server Core Style

I opted not to activate Windows 7 immediately after installation thinking there was a link or button somewhere that would allow me to do so later. I’ve been searching for the said activation thingy but to no avail. I guess am just too dumb or simply blind not to find the damned activation button.

Frustrated, I launched the Command Prompt in an attempt to activate Windows 7 via Windows Server Core style. Guess what? It worked. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Enable the built-in Administrator account. (this is because you need administrator privilege to run the activation script)
    • Right-click Computer from the Start Menu then select Manage from the context menu.
      The Computer Management console pops up.
    • Expand the System Tools snap-in then expand the Local Users and Groups snap-in as well.
    • Click the Users extension then right-click the Administrator user account and select Properties from the context menu.
      The Administrator Properties dialog pops up.
    • Uncheck Account is disabled then click OK.

    By the way, if you can’t recall the built-in Administrator’s password, you might as well reset the password since you will be prompted for it later.

  2. Activate Windows 7
    • Launch the Command Prompt.
    • In the Command Prompt, type runas /user:administrator /env "cscript x:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato" then hit Enter.
      You will be prompted for the password. Just to do so and hit Enter then wait until you see the blinking cursor again.
    • Verify the activation by launching the System applet in the Control Panel or right-click Computer then select Properties from the context menu. You should have something like this:

By the way, I was able to locate the activation link the second time I installed Windows 7. Just launch the System applet via the Control Panel or Properties from the Computer context menu. Windows activation section follows after Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.

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