How to Activate KMS and MAK Keys

PC, Server Administration

How to Activate KMS Key for Windows 7 on the KMS Host

  1. Login to your KMS server and open an administrative command prompt.
  2. Type slmgr -ipk <licensekey> and press Enter to apply the KMS license key.
  3. Activate the key by typing slmgr -ato and pressing Enter.

Windows 7 should now be activated on the network and desktops should automatically activate with the KMS key you applied to the host.

If you would like to check how many computers have activated themselves against the KMS host, you can log on to the KMS server and run slmgr /dli.

How to Install KMS Key for Office 2010

  1. Logon to the KMS Server and open an Administrative Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs /ipk <productkey> and press Enter.
  3. Type smlgr.vbs /ato [bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864] and press Enter. The string \”bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864\” is the Office 2010 activiation ID.

How to Activate MAK Keys for Windows 7 on Laptops

  1. Logon to the laptop and open an adminstrative command prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs /ipk <MAK_Key> and press Enter.
  3. Type slmgr.vbs -ato to activate the key.

How to Install MAK Key for Office 2010

  1. Open an Office application on the laptop.
  2. When the activation prompt opens, click on the “change product key” link.
  3. Enter the MAK key and activate

 

Retrieve the GUID of Installed Programs

Server Administration

Here’s how to retrieve the GUID of installed programs in Windows. This can be useful in situations where the Event Viewer lists the GUID of a program causing issues, but not the name.

  • Open a command prompt as Administrator.
  • Type the command:wmic product get > C:\\InstalledPrograms.txt
  • The output of this command will be saved in a text file at C:\\InstalledPrograms.txt.