To reduce piracy, Windows XP introduced product activation. Windows Activation requires Windows to activate with Microsoft (either online or over the phone) within a certain amount of time in order to continue using the operating system. The feature is still part of Windows operating system including Windows Servers too. here is few simple commands, that shows Windows Activation status.
For Windows XP/Windows Server 2003
In Run dialog box, type and execute the following command.
The absolute path of executable is: X:\Windows\System32\oobe\msoobe.exe
Where X: is your Windows drive and /a is command-line argument to the executable.
For Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 or later
In StartSearch or Run dialog box, type and execute the following command.
The absolute path of executable is: X:\Windows\System32\slui.exe
Where X: is your Windows drive. It also works on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows XP family
- Windows Server 2003 family
- Windows Server 2003 R2 family
- Windows Vista family
- Windows Server 2008 family
- Windows 7 family
- Windows Server 2008 R2 family