56. Activate Windows Vista
A pre-requisite of Windows Vista is that, once installed, you are required to Activate your copy. You have 30 days in which to do this. Failure to Activate your copy of Windows will result, after the 30 day period, of either reduced functionality or no access at all to Vista.
Activation is straightforward and takes very little time. You can activate either over the Internet or by Telephone. If you choose to activate by telephone the number you have to call will be displayed as you go through the activation process.
Windows Vista has an option to activate as soon as you connect to the Internet after installation. You can prevent this from happening by removing the check mark from the 'automatically activate windows when I'm online' option on the screen where you input your Windows Vista product code number during installation.
It is always wise to leave a short period of time - a week or so - before you actually activate in order to make sure that your system is running as it should be.
Windows Vista will automatically remind you of the need to activate by displaying an activation icon in the notification area.
Once you are satisfied that everything is working Okay then you can activate your copy as follows:
1/ Click the Start button.
2/ On the Start menu, Click the Control Panel option.
3/ In Control Panel, Click on the System Icon.
4/ In the System Window look near the bottom of the window and you should see an Activation button.
5/ Click on the Activation button to start the activation process.