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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 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.


Choose an Activation Method


Plan for Activation


Activate Windows

Using the Key Management Service (KMS):


Using Multiple Activation Keys (MAK):


Using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT):


Manage Activation


Watch Demonstrations and Tutorials

Video screenshot Fundamentals of Volume Activation
Explore the volume activation process for deploying Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in just five minutes.
  Video screenshot 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.
Video screenshot KMS Activation Overview
Learn how to set up the KMS host, activate KMS clients with the KMS host, and review activation status.
  Video screenshot MAK Activation Overview
Find out how to deploy Windows 7 using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) process.

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Troubleshoot an Issue

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