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I sent a Windows 7 Pro x64 system to a colleague that I thought was completely configured but it turns out it wasn't yet activated. When he booted the first time it came up with a registration screen that he just hit "cancel" on and then sent me an email asking about it.

The product key is on the box but I expect I may need to walk him through the process of typing it the code and submitting. As a further complication, the system has been configured with explorer.exe disabled and only limited functionality available with the keyboard-----so I need that registration window to popup in order to talk him through registration.

My question is, how often should I expect that registration/activation window to popup on boot? Every time, or in several days? I'm trying to figure out how to schedule fixing his issue.

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  • possible duplicate of Windows 7 activation period
    – user201262
    Apr 18, 2014 at 18:30
  • or superuser.com/questions/652372/…
    – user201262
    Apr 18, 2014 at 18:30
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    Just tell him to click "Properties" on "My Computer" then "Activate Windows" on the window that is displayed.
    – Ramhound
    Apr 18, 2014 at 19:06
  • I don't think this has been answered. I'm specifically asking for the time period between activation notices. Below people indicate it is either 24 or 72 hours between notices.
    – Steve
    Apr 21, 2014 at 17:18

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Answering just the question you asked:

Usually windows prompts for activation/validation of key every 72 hours post initial login. After 30 days your windows OS session will become inaccessible if you haven't validated it.

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You can run slmgr /ato from an elevated command prompt to activate Windows.

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Scheduling this to deal with when it happens and just waiting for it is not the best approach. I don't know how limited the system is, but have you setup a way to remote assist the pc? Like using teamviewer, logmein, etc?

You'll want to take control of the pc and login with a user who has administrative privileges, so you can enter the key yourself.

If this really is not an option, windows will display it once a day usually after login.

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If you do it with a valid product key, it will activate and will not show registration. Except when it expires. Maybe that is why this is recurring.

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    Window licenses don't expire please use proper terminology. Windows will inform you if a license has been activated on another machine if two machines uses the same license but otherwise once activate it will never become inactivated
    – Ramhound
    Apr 18, 2014 at 19:38

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