The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

Article ID : 925582
Last Review : March 15, 2007
Revision : 1.6
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INTRODUCTION

This article discusses the behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista. Windows Vista may enter reduced functionality mode if one of the following conditions is true:

• You do not activate Windows Vista within the specified activation period.
• You modify the computer hardware so that Windows Vista determines that it is running on a different computer. Also, you do not activate Windows Vista within the grace period for reactivation. For retail Windows Vista products or for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Windows Vista products, this reactivation grace period is three days. For volume licensed Windows Vista products, this reactivation grace period is 30 days.

Note This situation is known as out of tolerance.

• You are running a version of Windows Vista that the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) service detects as a non-genuine version of Windows Vista.

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MORE INFORMATION

Windows Vista has the following types of reduced functionality mode:

• Out-of-grace reduced functionality mode
• Non-genuine reduced functionality mode

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Out-of-grace reduced functionality mode

Windows Vista enters out-of-grace reduced functionality mode if one of the following conditions is true:

  On a retail copy of Windows Vista

• You do not activate Windows Vista within 30 days after you install Windows Vista.
• You do not reactivate Windows Vista within three days after you replace a major hardware component in the computer.
  On an OEM copy of Windows Vista

• You do not activate Windows Vista within three days after you change the computer motherboard to a non-OEM motherboard.
  On a corporate or enterprise version of Windows Vista that uses the Key Manager Service (KMS)

• You do not activate Windows Vista within 30 days after you install Windows Vista.
• You do not renew the Windows Vista activation within 210 days of an earlier Windows Vista activation.
• You do not activate Windows Vista within 30 days after you replace the hard disk drive of the computer.
  On a corporate or enterprise version of Windows Vista that uses a Multiple Activation Key (MAK)

• You do not activate Windows Vista within 30 days after you install Windows Vista.
• You do not reactivate Windows Vista within 30 days after you replace a major hardware component in the computer.

Activities that are available

If Windows Vista is running in out-of-grace reduced functionality mode, you can perform the following actions:

• Activate Windows Vista

You can activate the Windows Vista product key.

• Remotely script Windows Vista

You can use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to run scripts on the computer from a remote location.

• Change the product key

You can change the Windows Vista product key.

  Log on for one hour

• You can log on to Windows Vista for one hour to obtain a new product key or to access data on the local computer.
• You can use most of the features that are available in Windows Vista.
• You can activate the Windows Vista product key.
• You can remotely access a shared network location.
• Remain logged on

If you are already logged on to Windows Vista, you can remain logged on. Windows Vista does not log you off the computer.

• Run Windows Vista in safe mode

You can start the computer to safe mode in Windows Vista to access local data. Windows Vista does not log you off the computer.

Activities that are unavailable

If Windows Vista is running in out-of-grace reduced functionality mode, you cannot perform the following actions:

• Play built-in games

The games that are included with Windows Vista are unavailable in reduced functionality mode.

• Use premium features

Windows Vista premium features such as Aero Glass, ReadyBoost, and BitLocker are unavailable in reduced functionality mode.

• Log on for more than one hour

In reduced functionality mode, you can only remain logged on to Windows Vista for one hour.

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Non-genuine reduced functionality mode

Windows Vista enters non-genuine reduced functionality mode if one of the following conditions is true:

• The WGA program detects a blocked product key or a counterfeit product key.
• The WGA program detects incorrect activation binary files or modified activation binary files.
• Windows Vista is in out-of-grace reduced functionality mode.

Activities that are available

If Windows Vista is running in non-genuine reduced functionality mode, you can perform the following actions:

• Use Windows Vista features

You can use most of the features that are available in Windows Vista.

• Activate Windows Vista

You can activate the Windows Vista product key.

• Change the product key

You can change the Windows Vista product key.

• Log on without a time constraint to perform certain activities

You can log on to Windows Vista without a one-hour restriction to obtain a new product key or to access local data.

Activities that are unavailable

If Windows Vista is running in non-genuine reduced functionality mode, you cannot perform the following actions:

• Use certain Windows Vista features

Aero Glass and the Windows ReadyBoost features that are included with Windows Vista are unavailable in reduced functionality mode.

• Obtain some content from Microsoft

Premium content from the Microsoft Download center is unavailable in reduced functionality mode.

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REFERENCES

For more information about how to exit reduced functionality mode, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

925616 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=925616/) Error message when you start Windows Vista: Your activation period has expired

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Ultimate
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Starter
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition

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