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Default ABR (Activation Backup and Restore)

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:
  1. Download and unzip
  2. Run "activation_backup.exe"
  3. Save the backup files somewhere safe
  4. Reinstall Vista
  5. Restore activation by running "activation_restore.exe"
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.
Windows 7 Support

ABR only works with Windows Vista. Because ABR is only meant to work with OEM versions of Vista, and there are currently no shipping OEM versions of Windows 7, it cannot be expected or even tested with Windows 7. There are plans to explore Windows 7 support, but there is nothing to announce at this time.

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