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  1. It's documented quite clearly in the activation documentation.

    Yes, correct. But not documented for Windows 7. Your quote shows the date from January 2008 and belongs to Windows Server 2008 – long time before Windows 7.

    And I don't think that a "technical description" from January 2008 for "Windows Server 2008" is a legal enhancement for a licence agreement for Windows 7 from October 2009.

    If you read the article and the slmgr.vbs documentation, you'll note that slmgr -rearm is the same as sysprep /generalize.
    Sorry, English is not my native language. But I understand this part a little bit different:
    The /rearm process is also called by sysprep /generalize

    "called by" and "is the same as" are very different meanings – for my understanding.

    And - yes: Your second quote depends on Windows 7. But there I can not find any restriction of "only 3 rearms possible / allowed"

  2. The documented period is 3 re-arms.
    Where is it documented ? I don't find any link to a Microsoft internet site where it is documented. I only found one link to a Microsoft internet site where it is documented - for Vista.
    Note that if you re-arm an image more than 3 times, Microsoft doesn't support that image anymore, either.
    But read this link exact:

    "This error may occur ... when you try to run the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) ... and you use the /generalize option"

    And I think sysprep is only used by IT professionals.

    And does this mean you can run rearm more then 3 times ?

    If you're going to "try" Windows, you should download a real trial version.


    Microsoft does provide real trial versions of it's client software (for example, Windows 7 Enterprise)

    But this is not a free trial version for everyone. It's a trial version only for IT professionals. You can not download Enterprise version if you don't confirm that you are a IT professional.
  3. you can use the following process to extend that trial period legally...

    Is that really legal ? The licence agreement says:


    you have the right to use the version of the software installed during the installation process up to the time permitted for activation.

    There is not written a specific time (30 days ? 60 days ? 90 days ? 120 days ?)

    So it should be legal. BUT:

    This only works 3 times
    BUT: The "3 time counter" is stored in the registry. When you reset this counter (= delete the registry keys) you can extend that activation period again 3 times with 30 days - again and again. Also legal ?
  4. Windows 7 Home Premium ...?

    See post #50:

    I have made an installation of "Windows 7 Home Premium" into a VHD.

    Installation process works fine - two reboots.

    Then: Username, computer name, keyword, product key, date and time, network, welcome screen ...


    License Error

    Booting from a VHD file is not supported on this system

  5. You can only boot Windows 7 from a VHD

    You can only boot Windows 7 Ultimate (or Enterprise) from a VHD.

    I am wanting to start with windows xp... can you do the same thing with this os (boot the OS 7 from a VHD) or does it only work with vista...?

    If you have Windows XP you can install Windows 7 Ultimate into a VHD.

    Whilst the installation of Windows 7 the boot manager of Windows 7 will be copied into the Windows XP partition. The installation will also build a boot menu where you have the choice to boot "Earlier Windows version" (means XP) and "Windows 7".

  6. Key:   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value: NoSimpleStartMenu
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Data: 1

    Thank you. But I think this key is not for switching between "new menu" and "classic menu" in Vista (I just tried this). It mainly suppresses the appearing of the switch in the GUI.

  7. Do you think that this multi-page topic about 3rd party software is here because there's a simple registry key to provide that same functionality?
    OK - but this is not the answer to my question. Do somebody know the registry key to switch from "new menu" to "classic menu" in Vista ? I do search in Google and found nothing. So: Have anybody tried this ?
    they no longer share the same code base
    Says Microsoft. I don't have the ability to check the code. Do you have ?
    suggests to you that a simple registry key change will help you to switch between the new Start Menu and one which no longer exists?
    You also can not change the desktop background picture in Windows 7 Starter - but some OEMs can ...

    And funny: What for is the Group Policy Setting for "Force Classic Start Menu" - when the functionality isn't build in ?

  8. Even I have no hope - but I want to ask:

    In Windows Vista you have the ability to switch from "new start menu" to "classic start menu" in configuration of the taskbar via GUI. I think there must be a corresponding registry key. I haven't found this registry key. Even when I log the registry changes with "ProcessMonitor" I can not find the registry changes. Do somebody knows this registry key to switch in Vista from "new start menu" to "classic start menu" ?

    My thought is: Perhaps Microsoft has only dropped the GUI switch in Windows 7. And perhaps the classic start menu can be switched on by a registry key.

    Because: Microsoft has also dropped some GUI switches in Windows 7 Starter (change of desktop picture) and Home Basic.

    But see this: Group Policy Settings for Start Menu and Taskbar

    "Force Classic Start Menu":

    For: Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP

    Remark: This policy setting does not apply to Windows 7 because the Classic Start menu is removed.

    Why is it available for "Windows Server 2008" - but not for "Windows 7" ?

  9. The only way I have found it is if you search for something (anything) that gets no results, there is a link below on that screen that lets you search for contained text.

    But this way Windows 7 don't search in files which Windows 7 doesn't know.


    Create a text file "sample.txt". Fill in a text (e.g. "unawave")

    Make a copy of this file. Name it "sample.xyz"

    Now search for "unawave". "sample.txt" will be found - "sample.xyz" not.

    I use the third party program "AgentRansack". This small search program integrates itself in right mouse context menu of folders and drives. Runs perfect in Windows 7 32 bit. In 64 bit some registry entries must added to appear into right mouse context menu.

  10. I pinned the CMD to it, with the idea I can easily launch an elevated prompt from there. But if I right click, I get a menu that has CMD and then Unpin this program. So then I have to right-click on the CMD in that menu to run as Administrator. Is it possible to add Run As Administrator

    Open start menu -> All programs -> Accessories

    Right mouse click to "command prompt" -> Properties

    Button "Advanced" -> change to "Run as administrator"

    Go to start menu -> All programs -> Accessories

    Right mouse click to "command prompt" -> Pin to taskbar

  11. I don't like the theme of Win7, it's ugly

    What do you think about "XP-Retro"-Theme "Luna" ?


    It is a substitution for the "Window 7 Basic" theme. So you can easily switch between "AERO" and "Luna". Or if the graphic card is not AERO capable it can be used instead of the ugly light gray-blue taskbar.

  12. the new taskbar: It doesn't show the last used window of a given program when clicking on the icon.
    That's right.

    But you can switch to "never combine". Then the taskbar shows every single instance of every program. And with a registry entry you can disable the text of the icons - so you only have icons without text in the taskbar.


    As you see Windows 7 groups the icons of a program and the most right is the last opened program of a program group.

    Another one is that you can't pin folders with their own icon because you only get to pin them to Windows Explorer.
    You can pin folders to taskbar - with individual icon.
  13. can this be done with all versions of win7? ie..home..pro..ultimate
    Officially supported, no - but works, yes.
    What do you mean with "Officially supported, no - but works, yes." ?

    I have tested this:

    • Vista's boot manager ("bootmgr") can not boot VHD installations
    • Any Windows 7 boot manager ("bootmgr") can boot VHD installations
    • Only Windows 7 Ultimate can be booted from VHDs

    I have made an installation of "Windows 7 Home Premium" into a VHD.

    Installation process works fine - two reboots.

    Then: Username, computer name, keyword, product key, date and time, network, welcome screen ...


    License Error

    Booting from a VHD file is not supported on this system

  14. "Include a folder". On the left via "computer" Locate "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\" and select "programs" folder --> "Include Folder" button.

    But then you don't have the complete start menu. Because the start menu is merged from two locations:

    For "all users":

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    For the "logged in user":

    C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    So the entries "Command Prompt", "Notepad", "Run" and "Windows Explorer" from the logged in user folder don't appear in your menu.

  15. Also, before someone complains about 100mb not being that much space, it isn't the space I'm concerned about. I want my os partitions and system partitions to be the same. For instance, this causes trouble in Ghost corporate when one only has the option to image a single partition or a whole disk.

    Second reason for suppressing this 100 mb partition:

    Because of the limitation of maximum 4 primary partitions per hard disk this little partition can be in the way. For example: If you have a large hard disk and want to install several operating systems (XP, Vista, Linux and Windows 7).


    If you have three for Windows 7 not accessible partitions (e.g. Linux or "hidden" partitions of XP and Vista) then Windows 7 also install the boot manager in last (4th) possible partition.

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