Does Windows 7 have an activation file?

May 9, 2010 at 07:22:49
Specs: Windows Server 2003 SP2, 3.4ghz/4gb
I seem to recall with XP, there was a file that defined if the OS was activated or not, and if you reinstalled the OS for whatever reason, including that file at some point allowed you to activate Windows without actually needing to activate it (providing the hardware hadn't changed I guess).

I might be wrong about it or the way it worked of course (that is why I'm asking though), in any case does a similar file exist in Windows 7?

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May 9, 2010 at 11:31:08
Yes it does - not just one file like Windows XP but two files (pkeyconfig.xrm-ms and tokens.dat) managed by four WAT (Windows Activation Technologies) engines that replaced the single engine WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage). Don't tell M$ I posted the following links for you :-)

What files does WAT install?

I hope you will not use this information to try to circumvent Windows activation.


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May 12, 2010 at 09:16:29
Thanks. And I've already activated Windows, I just wanted to know of this system so if sometime down the line I ever need to reinstall I won't need to reactivate it again and use up... Activations.

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May 12, 2010 at 11:52:43
I haven't reinstalled W7 yet. My copy is running just too good and not fun when there is nothing to troubleshoot :-)

But from what I understand M$ has installed in place a handful of DLL files to monitor any attempt to tamper W7 activation. When a tamper is detected the dreaded W7 Reduced functionality mode will be triggered.


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