Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

We need to do is run a script in the windows\system32 folder called slmgr.vbs.  Check the steps below:

  1. Bring up a Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and press ENTER.
  3. Restart the computer.

You computer has now extended the evaluation period 60 days!!!  You can re-arm up to 3 times giving you an activation-free trial period of a total of 240 days!!

How Much Time Is Remaining in the Evaluation Period

You can find out by running the same script this time with different switch:

  1. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and the current status of the evaluation period is displayed.  (the dli switch means – display license information)

If you want to find out what else you can do with the script type slmgr.vbs –? and you’ll get a full list and explanation of all the switches.

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