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 PostPost subject: Way to extend the Windows 7 evaluation period        Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:43 am 
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How described at this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472/en-us we can automate the extension of the evaluation period. It possible to create special task in task sheduler.
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Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Task Scheduler.
Copy the following sample task to the server, and then save it as an .xml file. For example, you can save the file as Extend.xml. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<Task version="1.2" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/windows/2004/02/mit/task">
<RegistrationInfo>
<Date>2007-09-17T14:26:04.433</Date>
<Author>Microsoft Corporation</Author>
</RegistrationInfo>
<Triggers>
<TimeTrigger id="18c4a453-d7aa-4647-916b-af0c3ea16a6b">
<Repetition>
<Interval>P31D</Interval>
<StopAtDurationEnd>false</StopAtDurationEnd>
</Repetition>
<StartBoundary>2007-10-05T02:23:24</StartBoundary>
<EndBoundary>2008-09-17T14:23:24.777</EndBoundary>
<Enabled>true</Enabled>
</TimeTrigger>
</Triggers>
<Principals>
<Principal id="Author">
<UserId>domain\alias</UserId>
<LogonType>Password</LogonType>
<RunLevel>HighestAvailable</RunLevel>
</Principal>
</Principals>
<Settings>
<IdleSettings>
<Duration>PT10M</Duration>
<WaitTimeout>PT1H</WaitTimeout>
<StopOnIdleEnd>true</StopOnIdleEnd>
<RestartOnIdle>false</RestartOnIdle>
</IdleSettings>
<MultipleInstancesPolicy>IgnoreNew</MultipleInstancesPolicy>
<DisallowStartIfOnBatteries>true</DisallowStartIfOnBatteries>
<StopIfGoingOnBatteries>true</StopIfGoingOnBatteries>
<AllowHardTerminate>true</AllowHardTerminate>
<StartWhenAvailable>false</StartWhenAvailable>
<RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>false</RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>
<AllowStartOnDemand>true</AllowStartOnDemand>
<Enabled>true</Enabled>
<Hidden>false</Hidden>
<RunOnlyIfIdle>false</RunOnlyIfIdle>
<WakeToRun>true</WakeToRun>
<ExecutionTimeLimit>P3D</ExecutionTimeLimit>
<DeleteExpiredTaskAfter>PT0S</DeleteExpiredTaskAfter>
<Priority>7</Priority>
<RestartOnFailure>
<Interval>PT1M</Interval>
<Count>3</Count>
</RestartOnFailure>
</Settings>
<Actions Context="Author">
<Exec>
<Command>C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs</Command>
<Arguments>-rearm</Arguments>
</Exec>
<Exec>
<Command>C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe</Command>
<Arguments>/r</Arguments>
</Exec>
</Actions>
</Task>
In the sample task, change the value of the following “UserID” tag to contain your domain and your alias:
<UserId>domain\alias</UserId>
In the Task Scheduler, click Import Task on the Action menu.
Click the sample task .xml file. For example, click Extend.xml.
Click Import.
Click the Triggers tab.
Click the One Time trigger, and then click Edit.
Change the start date of the task to a date just before the end of your current evaluation period.
Click OK, and then exit the Task Scheduler.
The Task Scheduler will now run the evaluation reset operation on the date that you specified.

Thereother this article matching for Windows server 2k8, i think we can use this method for Windows 7 too

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 PostPost subject: Re: Way to extend the Windows 7 evaluation period        Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:14 pm 
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For windows 7 wont the beta keys just activate it on recent versions? I think vista beta keys worked on one of the builds too.


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