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How to login to an expired Windows

December 15th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft has a neat little way to prevent software piracy of their Windows operating system. “Windows Genuine Advantage”[edit: I stand corrected, it has nothing to do with WGA] with its “Product Activation” requirement. Essentially, even with a valid product key, you still need to activate your Windows to ensure that only one computer is using that specific product key. If you can’t activate your Windows, there being many reasons for this, you are left with a 30 day grace period to change your product key to one that is fully valid or get in contact with Microsoft and plea your case.

Once your grace period is up, Windows refuses to let you login anymore. You cannot access your files. You cannot go on the Internet. You cannot do anything, except the thrill of trying to activate Windows.

Well, luckily for me I do not have to worry about this issues, as my Windows is valid and activated. However, for those who do not and have been so unfortunate enough to have their Windows expire on them, I present to you a bit of relief. How to gain access to your files on an expired Windows, with even enough functionality to surf the web, talk on MSN Messenger, and load up most of your applications. It doesn’t give you full functionality of Windows, but it will be enough to get the job done until you can find the time to activate your Windows. Best of all though, it’s all very simple and easy to do!!!
Source: http://tomorrowtimes.blogspot.com/2006/12/how-to-login-to-expired-windows.html

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