Microsoft Volume Activation - Converting a Windows Computer to and from KMS and MAK Activation

This document shows how to convert a Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 2012 Server computer to and from KMS activation and MAK activation, as well as help determine which activation type is currently in use. These activations are available for faculty and staff using departmental machines.

See Volume Activation 2.0 at UW-Madison for the full details of MAK and KMS activation at UW Madison.

Contents:


Converting a Windows Computer From KMS to MAK Activation

  1. If you are affiliated with the University, email help@doit.wisc.edu to request the University's Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows Server 2012 MAK activation key, otherwise use the product key which came with your copy of Windows.
  2. Click Start. In the Search box, type:
    • System
    • Click on System in the search results

    System.png

  3. Click Change product key in the Windows activation section at the bottom of the System menu.
    • Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt to open the Windows Activation Client

    WindowsChangeProductKey.png

  4. Enter the MAK activation key from the help@doit.wisc.edu email you received into the Product Key field and click the Next button.
    EnterKey.png

    • You may be prompted to Activate Windows. Click Next

    ActivateConfirm.png

  5. Click the Close button once the activation is complete

  6. Activated.png


Converting a Windows Computer From MAK to KMS Activation

For VMWare guests in NAT network mode, you must specify the kms host - skip directly to step 4
  1. Locate the Windows product key for your version of Windows
  2. Launch a command window with elevated privileges
    • Type cmd in the Search bar to locate the command window.
    • Right-click on cmd or Command Prompt and click Run as administrator from the context menu.
    • Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt to open the command window with elevated privileges.
  3. Type the following command:
    • cscript slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key>
    • In place of <product key>, enter your product key located in Step 1
  4. Press Enter.

  5. WindowsKMSEnter.png

  6. Type the following command:
    • cscript slmgr.vbs -skms ms-kms-1.services.wisc.edu
  7. Press Enter.

  8. WindowsKMSServer.png

  9. Type the following command:
    • cscript slmgr.vbs -ato
  10. Press Enter.

  11. WindowsKMSActivate.png


Determining Windows Activation type

  1. Launch a command window with elevated privileges
    • Type cmd in the Search bar to locate the command window.
    • Right-click on cmd or Command Prompt and click Run as administrator from the context menu
    • Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt to open the command window with elevated privileges.
  2. In the command prompt window, type the following command:
    • cscript slmgr.vbs /dli
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Check your version:
    • If Windows is KMS activated, you will see "VOLUME_KMSCLIENT" in the Description field

    • WindowsCMD_KMS.png

    • If Windows is MAK activated, you will see "VOLUME_MAK" in the Description field
    • WindowsCMD_MAK.png
  5. Close the Command Prompt Window



Keywords:microsoft windows 7 8 8.1 10 server 2012 converting convert university owned enterprise computer KMS MAK activation   Doc ID:72551
Owner:Ty M.Group:DoIT Departmental Support
Created:2017-04-12 13:50 CDTUpdated:2017-04-26 14:53 CDT
Sites:DoIT Departmental Support, DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Staff, DoIT Tech Store, Help Desk Level 2
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