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Windows 7 can be run for up to 120 days without entering a serial key, perfectly legal too! No need to continue running the RC until the 22nd of October, if you can manage to get hold of the RTM version you can use it for up to 120 days without entering a key. ComputerWorld has confirmed this with Microsoft, who say that the procedure is completely legal.

Microsoft confirmed that "-rearm" can be used as many as three times by Windows 7 users to avoid activation. "This means [that] a total of 120 days total time is available as a grace period to customers that take advantage of -rearm," said a company spokeswoman.
 
You can install Windows 7 without providing an activation key, you just have to click "next" when the installer asks you. From then on you have 30 days to activate before you are forced onto a reduced-functionality mode. However, you can reset the timer up to three times by simply opening a command prompt window, entering "slmgr -rearm" without the quotes, and restarting your computer.
 
Once the 120 days are up, you can enter a legit Windows 7 key and keep using the same installation. However, Windows Secrets notes that the RTM edition installs Windows 7 Ultimate by default, and entering a key for a cheaper edition won't allow you to activate. Check out the Windows Secrets article for detailed instructions on how to activate with a home premium or professional key.
 
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17-08-2009, 10:52:17

AMDFTW
so how come things in vantage stutter e.g the cloth covering the boat/jet that stutters and also as she is taking off it stutters then,i doubt that would be at a low frame rate?

17-08-2009, 10:58:13

Rastalovich
Vantage always stutters for me, no matter what card(s) I stick in there.

In fact, I believe all the futuremark stuff does at some point. I've always put it down to it pushing the hardware, nature of the beast.

Real gameplay's never an issue tho.

Who invented this term "microstutter" anyway ? Sounds stupid.

17-08-2009, 11:13:51

AMDFTW

Vantage always stutters for me, no matter what card(s) I stick in there.

In fact, I believe all the futuremark stuff does at some point. I've always put it down to it pushing the hardware, nature of the beast.

Real gameplay's never an issue tho.

Who invented this term "microstutter" anyway ? Sounds stupid.



i just said it ant be due to the framerates man,i heard the phrase from trubritar

17-08-2009, 11:24:54

Rastalovich

i just said it ant be due to the framerates man,i heard the phrase from trubritar


Ah, it's a casual comment m8, nothing intended :)

17-08-2009, 13:55:31

Qubit

so how come things in vantage stutter e.g the cloth covering the boat/jet that stutters and also as she is taking off it stutters then,i doubt that would be at a low frame rate?



Vantage or any FutureMark test will tend to stutter because it's pushing the PC hard and the framerate is low - certainly lower than the vsync rate of at least 60Hz.

If I remember correctly, it shows the realtime framerate within the benchmark. If not, just get Fraps and that will give you a realtime framerate display.

Get it from fraps.com

17-08-2009, 16:33:15

AMDFTW

Ah, it's a casual comment m8, nothing intended :)



no no quarms dude thats just were i heard it i actualy thought it was the correect phrase,i have fraps i dident no the FPS were diffrent so that would be good to check out,but ime shure my setip with a 260 never stutterd onebit it slowed down yer but never messed up so to speak

17-08-2009, 17:30:27

Bungral
The Futuremark tests tend to show you an FPS built into the window.

17-08-2009, 20:21:30

Qubit

The Futuremark tests tend to show you an FPS build into the window.



Cheers - it's been a while since I played with them.

17-08-2009, 20:26:34

Qubit
Here's a good explanation of what microstuttering is, with graphs and all.

www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1317582

18-08-2009, 11:05:28

Sihastru
There's microstuttering and there's stuttering... For "micro" a few things you can try... switch from AFR to SFR by modifying the profiles, or change the number of pre-rendered frames from the default. AFR with VSync enabled works better, but I don't think you got TWO GTX295s to play with VSync enabled...
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