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:
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
Please do not link directly to this file. If you like this utility and want to tell people about it, please link to this web site, and not directly to the exe/zip files.
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
Issues when running activation_restore are rare, but if you run into a problem, you can register your product key using the following steps: