The System Builder Bypass tool (sbbypass.exe) will allow system builders to download and install critical updates on new PCs without the requirement to activate or validate.
Download the System Builder Bypass tool .zip 182 KB
The System Builder Bypass tool is to be used to assist system builders with building a new PC, and thus requires sysprep to be running in factory mode. An internet connection is required to download critical updates.
The tool can be used with the following operating systems:
- Windows Vista (all editions)
- Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
- Windows XP (all editions)
- Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
Type "sbbypass.exe" at a command prompt on the computer that requires critical updates. You may use additional parameters, discussed below.
Note: If a reboot is required, you must manually reboot the machine and run the sbbypass tool again.
Many system builders will run the tool by copying it to C:\sbbypass.exe and simply running it from a Command Line (either manually or as part of an automated process):
The tool will not run correctly without sysprep running on the computer:
Additional command line switches can be found by running sbbypass.exe /? from a command line.