Home » Operating System • Windows » Activate Windows with KMS Server Activate Windows with KMS Server Tweet November 18, 2012 If you installed windows with a MAK key and need to change it to KMS or installed windows, never activated, and need to activate it with your KMS server, then here is how to do it. Activate Windows with KMS Server Step 1 Open command prompt on the machine you are wanting to activate and type: slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (XXXX is your KMS key in the list below) Step 2 Run this command to activate: Slmgr /ato Below are the collection of KMS license keys from Microsoft. They are hard to find on their website. Thankfully edugeek had a nice list. http://www.edugeek.net/forums/licensing-questions/50536-kms-client-setup-keys.html Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 Core BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4 Windows Server 2012 Core N 8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY Windows Server 2012 Core Single Language 2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ Windows Server 2012 Core Country Specific 4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP Windows Server 2012 Server Standard XC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4 Windows Server 2012 Standard Core XC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4 Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Standard HM7DN-YVMH3-46JC3-XYTG7-CYQJJ Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Premium XNH6W-2V9GX-RGJ4K-Y8X6F-QGJ2G Windows Server 2012 Datacenter 48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Core 48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P Windows 8 Windows 8 Professional NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4 Windows 8 Professional N XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ Windows 8 Enterprise 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7 Windows 8 Enterprise N JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition FKJQ8-TMCVP-FRMR7-4WR42-3JCD7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter 74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648 Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC Windows Web Server 2008 R2 6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4 Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3 Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V 22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems 4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK Windows Server 2008 Enterprise YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V 39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG Windows Server 2008 Standard TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2 Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ Windows Web Server 2008 WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D Windows 7 Windows 7 Professional FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4 Windows 7 Professional N MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG Windows 7 Enterprise 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH Windows 7 Enterprise N YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ Windows 7 Enterprise E C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4 Vista Windows Vista Business YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8 Windows Vista Business N HMBQG-8H2RH-C77VX-27R82-VMQBT Windows Vista Enterprise VKK3X-68KWM-X2YGT-QR4M6-4BWMV Windows Vista Enterprise N VTC42-BM838-43QHV-84HX6-XJXKV Tags:KMS, slmgr Tweet Posted By Brian Jackson Get the latest articles from TheItBros, directly to you Follow us on: Related Posts Windows 10 Guide on Using Windows Defender antivirus antimalware spyware tool How to Delete COM Ports In Use Remotely Restart Computer When There is No Restart Option Sysprep Windows 10 Machine: Step by Step Guide Laurynas Actually, if the installation media is not Retail but Volume, it is not required to execute slmgr.vbs /ipk KEY part. If the newly installed server can find KMS host via DDNS, executing slmgr.vbs /ato activates the server. If a server cannot find KMS host, you can specify it using slmgr.vbs /skms KMS-Server:Port, default Port=1688. So, in my case with standalone server this was enough: slmgr.vbs /skms KMS-Server:Port slmgr.vbs /ato Lain http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793421.aspx Vivek Very useful.. Thank you http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson Glad we could help! Rendy Luqman Fauzan Thank you,i search everywhere but not working -sorry for my bad english- Timanator BBDD So when it comes to activating desktops with Windows 7 and 8, do you use the KMS keys on the MS license portal for the product you are activating, or the generic KMS MS provide for KMS activation? I Find it very odd that if the KMS server communicates with the MS license server, why the need for KMS key’s for the product, and then a set of generic MS supply’s to perform the same task? http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson If you are activating Windows 7 or Windows 8 desktops the proper way to do this is to activate via your own KMS Server. If setup properly you shouldn’t have to manually activate your desktops. However, I have seen servers need to be manually activated via KMS more often than not. But yes I agree with your last statement, seems kind of strange the way they activate with KMS. Totally different than the MAK or VLK keys. firstname.lastname@example.org Excellent! I just had an issue when virtiualising a server that was licenced via our KMS but come out ‘the otherside’ as not genuine (!). Your web page just got me out of the hole. Thanks http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson Great! Glad we could help. hillaray i wanna download w8 for free, would this method help me obtain it for free without worrying my pc will crash or any files be corrupted? http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson Sorry Hillaray, this won’t allow you to download W8 for free. This assumes you have a KMS server running. Keith I am using Windows 7 Professional and mini-KMS Activator. I rearmed Windows 8 days ago. Yesterday I ran “Key Manager Windows VL” to generate the windows key “FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4”. I then ran “Activate Windows CL” but all the KMS servers were reported as “down”. I tried this again just now with the same result – any suggestions?