Deactivate Windows 7 MAK license on retired computer


  • We have a some computers that are being retired.  We are wiping the hard drives, and have reached the MAK activation limit for the Windows 7 license that were used for the installs.  Is there a way to deactivate before we wipe the machine so that we have our licenses freed up?
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:28 PM


  • The best documentation that I could find was a 2008 universal license terms document here. On page 27 of 92 it states that the MAK license used by the KMS will automatically activate for each use until rejected. (search the DOC using MAK, to find it)

    If the activation process deactivates a license it is a problem, requiring the purchase of new license. So, it would seem that you won't know until you redeploy a license from the retired computers.

    There is this: Recent Changes to Volume Activation: and these FAQ suggesting that you contact the Microsoft Activation Center.

    This reference may help also: Volume Activation Technical Reference Guide

    The Activation Policy Values indicates a rearm value of 3 for client.

    Not an answer, I know. If the license won't rearm, then you have to call the activation center. Or call them now, and get the answer.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:29 AM

All replies