I did this just for fun, I wanna see how long Windows will run in notification mode. really what happens if you dont activate will the OS bug you till you cant stand it anymore and buy it, or???? so I patched all the nags that I could find calc.exe - nag removed mspaint.exe - nag removed notepad.exe - nag removed PhotoViewer.dll - nag removed shell32.dll - control panel nag removed slui.exe - no wallpaper change, activation wizard on logon removed, taskbar balloon removed systemcpl.dll -activation info removed user32.dll - watermark removed wordpad - nag removed Windows Update - working the shell32 patch breaks the trust info for that file so I have also turned off UAC to avoid UAC nags when moving system files around. this is just and experiment and is not an activation hack, the system will run in nongenuine/notification mode once the trial period expires. normaly I install the OS with the date set back two months set if forward wait for the nags to start apply the patch, and wait to see what else will break. it is best to install/uninstall the patchs from safe mode or you may run into locked file problems .