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Product Activation

Windows .NET Standard Server is like any other current Microsoft product when it comes to product activation.

All current versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Operating systems require that you activate the product either via the internet or through a telephone call to Microsoft.

If you do not activate the software it will shut down in 30 days and either run in limited operating mode, as in the case of Office XP, or not at all, as in the case of Windows XP and the Windows .NET Server family. (Windows .NET Standard Server BETA 3 has a 14-day activation window. This is a common timeline for beta products. This beta software will also expire in 180 days, regardless of activation status. Again, this is a common timeline for beta products.)

Once you open the product activation program the first screen you will see is as follows:

You can see that you have the option to activate over the internet or over the phone. After you make your selection and continue, you are presented with the Microsoft REGISTRATION screen. This is NOT a mandatory function and it can be skipped by simply selecting NO and then clicking on NEXT to complete the product activation from the previous screen.

Once this is complete you will arrive at the THANK YOU screen and you can close it. Your product will be fully activated for your use on that specific system.


Well, that wraps up my Introduction to Windows .NET Standard Server (BETA 3) article. I hope you found it informative and will return to 2000trainers for all of your technical reading needs.

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This article was originally published on May 21, 2002
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