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 widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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