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After you run the "slmgr.vbs –upk" command on a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot see the licensing information, and the Windows Vista activation status is lost
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After you run the slmgr.vbs –upk command on a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot see the licensing information as expected. Additionally, the Windows Vista activation status is lost.
For example, after you run the slmgr.vbs –upk command, you may decide to run the slmgr.vbs – dli command or the slmgr.vbs – dlv command to display the Windows Vista licensing information. However, no result is returned in this situation. Additionally, you may receive the following error message when you check the Windows activation information:
Finally, when you restart the computer, you may be prompted to insert a product key. In this situation, Windows Vista may enter reduced functionality mode.
This copy of Windows is not activated. Click here to activate Windows now.
This problem occurs because the slmgr.vbs –upk command clears all product keys that are present on the computer. For example, these may include the Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and the Key Management Service (KMS) key.
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods.
Steps to reproduce the problem
However, if you do not use the slmgr.vbs –upk command, the slmgr.vbs -dli command generates text that resembles the following:
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Name: Windows(TM) Vista, BusinessN edition Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel Partial Product Key: VMQBT License Status: Initial grace period Time remaining: 43187 minute(s) (29 day(s)) Key Management Service client information Client Machine ID (CMID): DNS auto-discovery: KMS name not available KMS machine extended PID: Activation interval: 120 minutes Renewal interval: 10080 minutes