Microsoft operating systems come with Automatic Activation Feature in activating Windows. This is for easing activation of one’s copy of Windows and also to verify that the Operating System copy is genuine. This Auto Activation is also used to prevent use of a single copy of Windows in two or more computers. This usage violates licence terms of Microsoft. All this are positive benefits but despite that some users do not favour this feature of Windows. In this article I will cover the topic on how to disable Automatic Activation Feature in Windows 8 for all those who might for some reason want to disable this feature.
Procedure on disabling Automatic Activation Feature in Windows 8 by making changes to the register.
1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type in regedit and press Enter.
3. The Windows registry will open.
4. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
5. Use the drop down arrows to navigate through to SOFTWARE>Microsoft>WindowsNt>CurrentVersion>SoftwareProtectionPlatform>Activation.
6. In the right pane of the Registry look for the following registry key: Manual REG_DWORD double click on it. A new dialog box appears titled Edit DWORD(32-bit) Value.
7. Set the DWORD value to 1 from the default value of 0. This default value of 0 indicates auto-activation is enabled and changing the value to 1 will disable auto-activation feature on your system
8. After completing all the above processes close the Registry Editor and restart the Windows PC.
The procedure described above is useful for individuals who wish to disable this feature of Windows 8 but it is also applicable to both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. However its worth to noting that in the case of Windows Vista the registry entry is a little different from what I have put above. It is found under the following registry entry: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL\Activation. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista the DWORD value is also changed to 1 just as in Windows 8, in order to disable Auto-activation.
In conclusion, tampering with registry values is by its self very risky. This is because the Registry is a very important and paramount part of Windows and thus should be backed up before any value is changed. If one is reckless when it comes to the registry they might end up damaging and messing up the whole system.
I advise a lot of caution when dealing with matters of a computer’s registry.