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Microsoft Volume Activation - Converting a Windows Computer From MAK to KMS Activation

This document explains how to convert a Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2008 computer from MAK activation to KMS activation.

For VMWare guests in NAT network mode, you must specify the kms host - skip directly to step 4.

Converting a Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2008 Computer From MAK to KMS Activation

  1. Locate the Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 product key.
    • Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: Use the product key from the sources\PID.txt file on the installation media.
    • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Refer to the Microsoft Activation Technical Reference Guide for KMS client setup keys.
  2. Launch a command window with elevated privileges.
    • Type cmd in the Vista search bar to locate the command window.
    • Right click on cmd and click Run as administrator from the context menu, or select cmd and hit CTRL-SHIFT-ENTER on the keyboard.
    • Click Continue at the User Account Control prompt to open the command window with elevated privileges.

      command prompt

  3. Run the command cscript slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key> to remove the MAK activation key.
    • Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: Use the product key from the sources\PID.txt file on the installation media.
    • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Refer to the Microsoft Activation Technical Reference Guide for KMS client setup keys.

    remove MAK key

  4. Run the command cscript slmgr.vbs -skms ms-kms-1.services.wisc.edu to configure the computer for the KMS activation server.

    configure KMS

  5. Run the command cscript slmgr.vbs -ato to activate the computer with the KMS server.

    kms activation




Keywords: windows vista 7 server 2008 converting convert enterprise computer MAK KMS volume activation vmware   Doc ID: 5364
Owner: Jordan D.Group: Repair and Departmental Support
Created: 2007-02-04 19:00 CDTUpdated: 2013-10-04 07:27 CDT
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