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Windows 7 licensing and volume activation

Find step-by-step guides, demonstrations, and downloads to help you address and troubleshoot licensing and activation as part of the deployment of the Windows 7 operating system in your organization.

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Volume activation in disconnected environments

Explore the various options for activating the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems in environments with no Internet connectivity.

Plan for activation

Choose an activation method

Activate Windows

Using the Key Management Service (KMS):

Using Multiple Activation Keys (MAK):

Using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT):

Manage activation


Training and tools

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Demonstrations and tutorials

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Fundamentals of volume activation
Explore the volume activation process for deploying Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in just five minutes.


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Manage activations using VAMT
Learn about how to use VAMT 2.0 to manage activation for Windows client and server operating systems, and Office 2010 applications.


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KMS activation overview
Learn how to set up the KMS host, activate KMS clients with the KMS host, and review activation status.


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MAK activation overview
Find out how to deploy Windows 7 using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) process.



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