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New to MAK Activation-help needed for activating Windows on offline computers RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have been recently transferred to an Educational Institution by my organization.Here the devices running windows aren't activated so I need to activate them.I have been given a MAK and a KMS license keys purchased from VL licensing center from Microsoft.

    I know that to use them you need to setup a KMS on Windows server,but this method wouldn't activate the PC's running offline(lots of them aren't connected to the Internet).So any workaround how to activate them?

    PS when I use manual activation through Settings app I get 0x8007007B as an errror code.Thank you for any responses.

    Also a detailed guide would be very helpful as I am a newbie in KMS and MAK work.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:35 AM

Answers

  • detailed documentation about Volume Activation is here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx

    (although it is the documentation from Win7 it is recommended reading)

    KMS is intended for you to perform on-premises activation of clients (clients don't need internet connection at all)

    MAK requires the client to contact Microsoft for activation (same as a home PC), which is either via internet or using the telephone keypad to activate via automated interactive service.


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    • Marked as answer by Sumitdhiman Friday, July 8, 2016 4:21 PM
    Thursday, July 7, 2016 8:14 AM
  • Hi Sumitdhiman,

    MAK activation is used for one-time activation through Microsoft’s hosted activation services, with no renewals required. The MAK client attempts to activate itself over the Internet at the next scheduled interval. Administrators can force immediate activation over the Internet, by telephone, or by using the VAMT. For more information, please check the link below.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793438.aspx

    KMS activation works with minimal administrative intervention. Please refer to the link below about Using KMS Manually to Activate Software.

    http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/software_licensing/howto/kms-server-manual.cfm#windows

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Hope it will be helpful to you


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

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    • Marked as answer by Sumitdhiman Friday, July 8, 2016 4:21 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2016 9:41 AM
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All replies

  • detailed documentation about Volume Activation is here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx

    (although it is the documentation from Win7 it is recommended reading)

    KMS is intended for you to perform on-premises activation of clients (clients don't need internet connection at all)

    MAK requires the client to contact Microsoft for activation (same as a home PC), which is either via internet or using the telephone keypad to activate via automated interactive service.


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    • Marked as answer by Sumitdhiman Friday, July 8, 2016 4:21 PM
    Thursday, July 7, 2016 8:14 AM
  • Hi Sumitdhiman,

    MAK activation is used for one-time activation through Microsoft’s hosted activation services, with no renewals required. The MAK client attempts to activate itself over the Internet at the next scheduled interval. Administrators can force immediate activation over the Internet, by telephone, or by using the VAMT. For more information, please check the link below.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793438.aspx

    KMS activation works with minimal administrative intervention. Please refer to the link below about Using KMS Manually to Activate Software.

    http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/software_licensing/howto/kms-server-manual.cfm#windows

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Hope it will be helpful to you


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com

    • Marked as answer by Sumitdhiman Friday, July 8, 2016 4:21 PM
    Friday, July 8, 2016 9:41 AM
    Moderator