Step by Step: Volume Activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

What is Microsoft product activation? Activation is a method of verification that Microsoft Windows Product you have bought is genuine and comply with copyright laws i.e. it checks that you are not using a counterfeit product. Simply Microsoft wants to know did you pay right amount of $$ for the product you are using. Volume Activation is used for enterprise level users who want to deploy Microsoft products such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in large scale in an organisation or a company. There are two type of Volume Activation—Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK)—that allow Volume Licensing customers to activate Volume License editions of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. When planning to use Volume Activation, an organization must choose KMS, MAK, or any combination of the two. The activation methods chosen depend on the needs of the organization and the network infrastructure. You don’t need to be a local Administrator in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for activation. However, for volume activation you must be a domain admin because you need to access domain groups, computers and GPO. Windows eliminates the User Account Control (UAC) prompt during activation, enabling any user who has a standard user account to activate Windows on that computer. However, this change does not allow standard users to remove Windows from the activated state.

Typical Activation Warning:



Configure Firewall in Windows7 and Windows server 2008 for Volume Activation to pass through:

You have to configure the following firewall in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008  master pc before you deploy large scale using windows deployment services. By default these firewall is blocked restraining  windows 7 and windows server 2008 to communicate with activation site.

Log on Windows 7 or Windows Sever 2008. Control Panel>Windows Firewall and Advanced Settings>Allow Program or feature pass through Windows Firewall>Select Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)>check domain, public and private>Click Ok.



Go back to Windows Firewall and click on Advanced Settings>Click Filter by Group>Click WMI>Select WMI Async-In>Double Click on WMI Async-In>General Tab>Check Enable and Allow>Advanced Tab>Check Public,Private,Domain>Select allow edge traversal>Apply>ok.





Configure Windows Firewall using GPO:

Log on to domain controller as an domain admin. Open GPO management console from Admin Tools. Select Specific Windows 7 and Windows Sever 2008 organisational unit where you want to modify Windows Firewall. Right click on that organizational unit>click edit. Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates> Network>Network Connections>Windows Firewall>Domain Profile & Standard Profile>Select and Modify Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception>Select Enable and Type “*” in the box.



Windows7 Volume Activation:

You must have MAK  license to do the following. Install windows AIK in Admin PC. Go to All Program>Microsoft Windows AIK>VAMT 1.2 >VAMT

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Provide MAK Product Key and Validate. Click Add to add MAK.


Select Appropriate Columns to view computer info.


Click Action>Add Computer>Type Computer Group>Select domain>Check gather info>Click ok.



Now select all windows 7 computer>right click>MAK activate.


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Microsoft References:

Licensing Centre

Troubleshooting VA

How to Choose the Right Volume License Key for Windows

Windows Firewall

About Raihan Al-Beruni

My Name is Raihan Al-Beruni. I am working as an Infrastructure Architect in Data Center Technologies in Perth, Western Australia. I have been working on Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years. Other than Microsoft technologies I also work on Citrix validated solution and VMware data center virtualization technologies. I have a Masters degree in E-Commerce. I am certified in Microsoft, VMware, ITIL and EMC. My core focus is on cloud technologies. In my blog I share my knowledge and experience to enrich information technology community as a whole. I hope my contribution through this blog will help someone who wants more information on data center technologies.
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3 Responses to Step by Step: Volume Activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

  1. Joseph says:

    If Windows Firewall is disabled, should activation work during WDS deployment? I have added the MAK key to my unattend and specified to not skip activation but after installation, still says I have 3 days before auto activate. Thanks.


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