So, you forgot to activate Windows Vista again and the Reduced functionality kicked in? Well, fear no more. I will teach the effective and not so effective simpletons way of getting rid of it.
My situation was the following:
A friend of mine gave me his Toshiba laptop a while ago to re-install Windows Vista since it was running crappy. So I asked for the recovery cd's since it makes everything easier and to my surprise he actually had them. Ok, so just to be safe I use magical jellybean keyfinder to extract his Windows Vista key and store it on my flash drive. I found it odd that the key is different than the one in the sticker on the bottom of the laptop, but anyway the recovery disks failed to install. I then tried with my OEM Vista disc since I figured I had a legit serial everything would work fine and it did, apparently.
Yesterday he called me and told me that he needed help and I instantly thought what I could be and when he showed me the Reduced functionality mode I was a little confused since I thought the key would work. Then I remembered someone here once explained that some laptop manufacturers use different serials than those of OEM copies or somes**t like that. So I dig through google hoping to find my way out of the reduced functionality mode and found many ways but they were all threads from a few years ago and neither of them worked with today's Windows Vista.
After many failed slmgr.vbs command attempts I contacted a fellow member in hopes of a quick solution, but a certain addictive activity is a powerful force to be overcomed and so nothing was accomplished
I then tried my simpleton methods and I managed a solution. You will need a:
Valid Windows Vista serial, it doesn't matter if it's used or not.
Ok so I used the already used serial just to see where I could get to, but since I didn't had any internet access thanks to the reduced functionality mode It wouldn't let me activate Windows Vista, but thank to this fault It seemed that the locked slmgr.vbs script got "unlocked" in a way, maybe the detection of the serial unlocked it?
You will find out after a restart if the slmgr.vbs can be accessed. Ok now go to reduced functionality mode and let it take you to Internet Explorer, you must set it as the default browser on Safe Mode if it's not already. Then type C:
on the address bar, this will open up a window where you can browse through your PC. Then go to the Windows Vista installation disk, normally Disk C:\Windows\System32\CMD.exe
Then right click it and use Administrator mode, then type:
or any of the following:
This will hopefully
let you back to your system and work whatever you need to to get it functional again.
So yeah, I figured I post this since I couldn't find anything in realtion.
Note: The results and discovery of this thread may be the results of pure dementia caused by the frustration of the continuous failed attempts at the slmgr.vbs script.