Disabling activation pop-ups in demo environments

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 24 Aug. 2011 / Last Updated on 31 Aug. 2010]

How to disable Windows activation pop-ups in demo environments.

If you've ever set up a demo environment with Windows Vista or later and then used it for any length of time, you'll see annoying pop-up messages saying that Windows needs to be activated. If non-techies are using your demos, they may get confused by such notifications. Fortunately there's a way of disabling these notifications. Just open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation

Under this key you'll find a REG_DWORD value named NotificationDisabled which you can set to equal 1 in order to disable all activation notices.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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