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Tip 1:

Can't boot up windows because everytime you do you get a BSOD? tried Restoring the System, starting up in safe mode, but still get a BSOD everytime you start up windows? well the only option you have left is to reinstall windows, but you need to backup your stuff which you cannot do because you cannot boot into windows, well heres a trick that works for backing up your files with the Windows Setup Disc

1. start the Windows Setup by changing your BIOS setting to boot from your CD/DVD drive

2. Instead of Installing Windows, click on the Repair

3. Click on System Image Recovery

4. Click on Load Drivers

5. You Now have a Window to access all your files & folders from so you can back them up on another hard drive or other removable media

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Trick 1:

Bought a Upgrade Disc of Windows 7 but need to do a clean install and the CD Key won't work? Try doing the following to make your CD Key legit with the Clean Install

1. Install Windows (Clean Install) and when you get to the CD KEY Screen do not enter anything, just continue on installing

2. When the Setup is done installing Windows do not change any settings or install anything

3. start the Windows Setup again by clicking your CD/DVD Drive in My Computer, this time, do a upgrade, it won't take very long because you don't have anything for windows to keep intact while upgrading.

4. This time when you get to the Windows CD Key Screen, enter your CD Key and it will accept it and also activate Windows online if you checked the check box.

5. You now have done a clean install by using the Upgrade version of Windows 7

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Trick 2:

When you install Windows you get themes based on what country you selected, so if you selected United States then youll get themes from states such as Oregon, Idaho, Maine, Etc.
However there are themes for every country that you select, to unlock these themes follow these steps:

1. Open up the Start Menu and type in the search box C:\\Windows\\Globalization\\MCT, no results will come up so just hit enter.

2. a Window will pop up with the following folders in it.
MCT-AU
MCT-CA
MCT-GB
MCT-US
MCT-ZA

3. click on the folder for which country's theme you want to make, then inside that folder there is a Theme Folder with the corresponding theme you want based on the country you selected

4. double click on the theme file inside that folder and Windows will set your theme to that file.

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Trick 3 by Spooony:

Follow these steps to reset and extend activation grace period from 30 days to 120 days in Windows 7:

1. Install Windows 7 without any product activation key.

2. After installation is completed, use the Windows 7 for 30 days and wait for the remaining days left to activate Windows counting down to 0, or almost zero.

3. When the activation grace period (or evaluation trial period) is almost expired or ended, log on to Windows 7 desktop, and open a Command Prompt window (i.e. type Cmd in Start Search and hit Enter ).

4. Type any of the following commands into the command prompt, and then hit Enter :

Code:
sysprep /generalize
slmgr.vbs ¨Crearm
rundll32 slc.dll,SLReArmWindows
slmgr /rearm
5. Reboot Windows 7 to enjoy another 30 days of free usage without worrying about activation

6. When the activation grace period countdown timer almost running down to 0 again, repeat the rearm trick to enjoy another 30 days of Windows 7 for free. User can run the rearm command for maximum of 3 times.
As rearm only works for 3 times, make sure the command is only been run when the 30 days countdown of evaluation period is almost expired.

That's 4 months more than enough time for someone to save up and buy a key.

If I discover any other tricks/tips ill post them here.

Edited by PsYcHo29388 - 6/17/11 at 4:18pm
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Thanks but I knew the first one.

What bout the hidden themes in windows 7 you put them in?
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Originally Posted by GreekBostonBoy+ View Post
Thanks but I knew the first one.

What bout the hidden themes in windows 7 you put them in?
lol I had no idea there were any hidden themes in Windows 7.

EDIT: found out how to unlock them, ill post the instructions in a minute
Edited by PsYcHo29388 - 6/15/11 at 9:58am
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I currently own a system which is exactly 14 times better than Windows 7.
I call it: Windows 98.
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I currently own a system which is exactly 14 times better than Windows 7.
I call it: Windows 98.
Shame nobody supports that anymore...
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Neato.

New some stuff already, learned some new stuff.

+1 rep

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I currently own a system which is exactly 14 times better than Windows 7.
I call it: Windows 98.
Oh right, the half-baked GUI that sat on top of DOS. I get it, funny.


Yeah, I was on a MAC back then.
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Neato.

New some stuff already, learned some new stuff.

+1 rep



Oh right, the half-baked GUI that sat on top of DOS. I get it, funny.


Yeah, I was on a MAC back then.


14x7=98
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14x7=98
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Follow these steps to reset and extend activation grace period from 30 days to 120 days in Windows 7:

1. Install Windows 7 without any product activation key.

2. After installation is completed, use the Windows 7 for 30 days and wait for the remaining days left to activate Windows counting down to 0, or almost zero.

3. When the activation grace period (or evaluation trial period) is almost expired or ended, log on to Windows 7 desktop, and open a Command Prompt window (i.e. type Cmd in Start Search and hit Enter ).

4. Type any of the following commands into the command prompt, and then hit Enter :

Code:
sysprep /generalize
slmgr.vbs ¨Crearm
rundll32 slc.dll,SLReArmWindows
slmgr /rearm
5. Reboot Windows 7 to enjoy another 30 days of free usage without worrying about activation

6. When the activation grace period countdown timer almost running down to 0 again, repeat the rearm trick to enjoy another 30 days of Windows 7 for free. User can run the rearm command for maximum of 3 times.
As rearm only works for 3 times, make sure the command is only been run when the 30 days countdown of evaluation period is almost expired.

That's 4 months more than enough time for someone to save up and buy a key.
Edited by Spooony - 6/17/11 at 12:49am
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