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 KMS Activation Instructions For Microsoft Windows

 Instructions for activating Microsoft Windows on University owned computers using the KMS server. Supported Windows versions include: Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 8, Server 2012.

Microsoft Windows Enterprise KMS Server Activation Instructions 
*Note: These instructions are only for University owned computers and requires connection to the University's Key Management Server (KMS) and will only function on the
University's network. If your machine will be used the majority of the time off network, it is reccomened you activate by a MAK provided by your departmental IT.  
                                                         Supported Versions of Windows include: Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 8, Server 2012.

Switching from MAK Activation to KMS Activation on an AD.UC.EDU joined Computer

* Please Note: Commands will need to be ran using an Elevated Command Prompt window. *


Obtain the appropriate KMS Client Setup Key for your version of Windows from: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx

·  Utilize KMS Client Key for Resolving to Host Key for Activation

Issue the following command to tell Windows to activate with KMS (substitute <product key> for the key obtained from the link at the top of the page.

Ø   cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key>

Ø   Hit the Enter key

 

·  Verify/Manually Activate after the above step

Issue the following command to activate windows manually to verify you are using KMS:

Ø  cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs –ato

Ø  Click the Enter key

 


Switching from MAK Activation to KMS Activation on a Computer NOT joined to AD

* Please Note: Commands will need to be ran using an Elevated Command Prompt window. *

·    Option 1 Utilize KMS Client Key for Resolving to Host Key for Activation

Issue the following command to tell Windows to activate with KMS (substitute <product key> for the key obtained from the link at the top of the page.

Ø   cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key>

Ø   Hit the Enter key

 

·  Option 2 Manually point Windows to KMS Host for Activation

Issue the following command to manually specify the hostname of UC’s KMS Host:

Ø   cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs –skms ucapmeiw11.ad.uc.edu:1688

Ø   Hit the Enter key

 

· Verify/Manually Activate after either of the above steps

Issue the following command to activate windows manually to verify you are using KMS:

Ø   cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ato

Ø   Hit the Enter key

If you have any issues or need assistance with the KMS activation, please contact the Help Desk at HelpDesk@uc.edu or via phone at: (513)556-HELP (4357).

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