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Windows 8.1 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 8.1 operating system in your organization.

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Plan for activation

Activate Windows

Manage activation

Training and tools

Demos and tutorials

Licensing programs' fundamentals
Find out how to choose the right licensing for your company's needs.

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Troubleshoot an issue

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit


Demos and tutorials

Microsoft Virtual Academy

TechNet Virtual Labs


Top support solutions

Windows IT pro forums

Microsoft Knowledge Base

Events & Errors

Stay informed

Windows IT Pro Insider

Windows for IT Pros blog


Related sites

Internet Explorer TechCenter

Windows Developer Center

Windows Server

Windows Enterprise