ABR (Activation Backup and Restore)
This is a utility that allows you to backup and restore Windows Vista activation for systems that are pre-installed from the factory by an OEM, allowing you to reinstall the system without having to call Microsoft. It saves the activation to a file and allows you to restore it once you've done a clean install. ABR works with Vista SP1, and on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista. How to use it:
- Download and unzip
- Run "activation_backup.exe"
- Save the backup files somewhere safe
- Reinstall Vista
- Restore activation by running "activation_restore.exe"
ABR can only be used to install the same version of Vista you have the original OEM license for. For example, if your computer came pre-installed with Vista Home Premium, you can only reinstall with Home Premium. You can, however, switch between 32-bit and 64-bit.
For full instructions on the process, look at my full Clean Vista Install guide.
The .exe file is a self-extracting archive and the .zip version is a zipped version of that, for those who might run into a problem downloading .exe files.
NOTE: For Windows 7 activation, please use the BETA below
Md5sum and Download link:
82c86253a2d704f38c6b8efbd8606f43 ........ ABR-1.0.exe
decbcbc360944bb7140b173a0f8334fc ........ ABR-1.0.zip
ABR Beta With Windows 7 Support
This is a beta (test release) of the next version of ABR with Windows 7 support. I have had reports that it is working with Windows 7, but I do not have access to OEM versions of Windows 7, so I cannot verify it myself.
If you are willing to try it out, please download here. Please let me know if this worked for you:
Test version with Windows 7 Support: ABRbeta.exe