Activate Windows with KMS Server

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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)

slmgr

Step 2

Run this command to activate: Slmgr /ato
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

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  • 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

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  • Vivek

    Very useful.. Thank you

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      Glad we could help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rendy.luqmanfauzan.14 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.

  • seccondee@gmail.com

    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?