Windows 7: Manually Activating (Run As Administrator)

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To Manually Activate in Windows 7:

1. Open the Start menu and type "cmd" into the search box. Right-click on cmd and select "Run as administrator".

NOTE:  See detailed instructions on Opening the Command Prompt as an Administrator in Windows 7.

Run as administrator menu option for command prompt

2. When the DOS prompt appears:

Type in:  cd c:\windows\system32  then press the Enter key.

Type in:  cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato  then press the Enter key.

(IMPORTANT:  You must type in the command exactly as shown, including spaces.

command prompt with 'Product activated successfully' highlighted.

3. The results of running this command will be an Output Message

  • If the output message says 'Product activated successfully', then the product activated successfully.
  • If the output message DOES NOT say 'Product activated successfully', do the following:

1.  Make a note of the error code that is generated in the Command Prompt window.

2.  Refer to Windows Enterprise: Activation Troubleshooting to find out how to resolve the error code.

3.  Try activating Windows again.  (Return to Step 1.)

4. Following these steps will activate Windows 7 for 180 days.  After this time period, you will need to complete these steps again to reactivate.  

NOTE: It is not necessary to let Windows deactivate before running this program again.  Windows Updates are included in LSU's Enterprise License Authorization.

5. Alternative methods of reactivating include  Connecting your computer to eduroam  OR  Connecting your computer to a VPN.

11/15/2018 12:51:50 PM