Windows 2003 sysprep, timer is not resetting for activation so time is gone after 60 days and requires activation to complete my full base build install.

Posted on 2006-05-09
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have a base build using sysprep  for Windows 2003 Server working great for a particular computer that prompts the user for the Product Key upon boot.  One problem is that the timer is not resetting so that after 59 more days, the user will not be able to get past the 3 boots necessary to complete install.  

In sysprep, there is a gui if you call it by sysprep.exe that says
" Don't reset grace period for activation".  I thought this would mean that if I leave this unchecked, the grace period WILL be reset and there will alway be a grace period for activating the product.

This is not happening and as the days tick down, so does the time for activation.

I have run sysprep from the executable and also by command line:
sysprep -reseal

I don't want the base build to have OS already activated.  

I am using sysprep 2.0.
Question by:GaryBarr1256
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    >>" Don't reset grace period for activation".  I thought this would mean that if I leave this unchecked,

    Ah - that thew me as well you need to tick it :)

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