"Windows License will expire in XX days" + "Evaluation Copy" text on desktop RRS feed

  • General discussion

  •   If you receive the error "Your Windows License will expire in xx days" and/or you see the text "Evaluation Copy..." on your desktop, then your issue is not related Windows Genuine Advantage.  This issue is caused by a Pre-Release version (aka Release Candidate 1) of Vista Service Pack 1.


      To resolve the issue, please choose the option below, depending on how you installed the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Service Pack 1 (SP1).


    a) If you installed RC1 thru a slipstream install, (This means you install Vista, which included the RC1, all in one install) then the only way to resolve the issue is to reinstall Vista without RC1 included.

    NOTE: If you don't know if you installed RC1 in this manner, then you probably did not.


    b) If you installed RC1 as a standalone install (The majority of users installed it this way) then please see Support Doc http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954753  for instructions on how to uninstall RC1.


      If you have any questions or are in need of additional Release Candidate 1 and/or Service Pack 1 support, please see the Vista Solution Center at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11732#tab0. This page includes information on known Service Pack 1 issues as well as a link to (free) Service Pack 1 specific support.


    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:21 PM