Windows 7: Manually Activating (Run as Administrator)

1. To open the Command Prompt with Administrative Privileges:

  • Type "cmd" into the search box. Right-click on cmd and select "Run as administrator".

screenshot of Windows as a admin

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.) 

screenshot of 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.

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. 

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