Alright, here’s the first of the two posts I promised. There are loads of people running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (the virtually-flawless beta released of Windows 7 released a while ago by Microsoft) as their primary operating system, right now. Microsoft pushed a message to all users of the Release Candidate saying the following;
Shutdown Schedule for Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC
To avoid interruption, it is recommended that you and your customers rebuild test machines by using a valid Windows operating system before Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC expire. Windows will automatically notify you that the expiration process is about to begin. Two weeks later, your PC will shut down every two hours. For Windows 7 Beta, the bihourly shutdowns will begin July 1, 2009. The software will expire August 1, 2009. For Windows 7 RC, the bihourly shutdowns will begin March 1, 2010. The software will expire June 1, 2010
Well, in no time at all, a “patch” was released, “fixing” this issue. The patch is known as “TimerNuke” was developed by “pembros,” the notorious hacker behind similar exploits and patches for Vistas. Here’s a quick how-to to get your computer un-timered, if you need a little more time before you upgrade to Windows 7 full (like I have).
- Download TimerNuke here, or here.
- Make sure it isn’t flagged as a virus.
- Restart your computer in safe mode (shut it down, hold down F8 when it is turning on).
- Run the program. It will execute a few scripts in a command line window. Let it run. It will tell you when it has finished.
- Restart your computer.
- Ta dah! If you want proof to see if it has worked, hit start, right-click my computer, hit properties, and take a look at the “Windows Activation” section. You’ll notice the “Status” and “Product ID” will read “Not Available.”
The only thing I noticed was that the watermark in the lower-right hand corner of the screen, saying “Windows 7 Evaluation Copy. Build 7100” is still there. To remove it, I found a nice little all-in-one script that works rather nicely. It is called “RemoveWatermark” and it… uh, removes the watermark. It works with Windows 7, Windows Vistas (if you still need that) and Windows Server 2008. Here’s what you need to do.
- Download RemoveWatermark v. 0.8 here, or here.
- Run RemoveWatermark as an administrator (Right click it and select “Run as administrator.”)
- Hit “Y” to run the program. It patches “user32.dll.mui,” which is a language file.
- The program will then rebuild the MUI Cache. This might take a bit.
- Reboot your computer.
- If the watermark is STILL there, run RemoveWatermark again and hit “R” instead of “Y.”
- That should be it.
Again, you should only use these “shortcuts” if you plan to purchase Windows 7 Full sometime in the future. It really is a lot better than Vistas, and is worth the $100 or so.