Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 R2

ReferralId specifies the identity of OEMs that are participating in the Windows® Anytime Upgrade reward program. Referral payments are used to reward the party that conducts a promotional activity that results in the purchase and successful activation of a digital license.


This setting has been removed in Windows® 8. This setting was deprecated in Windows® 7.
This information is for reference only.

OEMs enter the referral ID for all computers that are enabled for Windows Anytime Update.

OEMs that participate in the Windows Anytime Upgrade reward program are assigned a six-digit referral ID by the Referral Tracking System (RTS), after the OEM signs a Windows Anytime Upgrade Referral Agreement.

The referral ID and the partial Product Identifier (PID) are included in the information that is passed from Windows® 7 to the activation server during activation. The PID provides a unique digital fingerprint to a Microsoft product license. This digital fingerprint is used to manage and track support effectively and to detect and deter product piracy. Because only the first six digits are used, rather than the complete 20-digit value, only a partial PID is needed.

The RTS uses the referral ID to identify the OEM that is participating in the Windows Anytime Upgrade program. The RTS uses the associated partial PID to determine the product for the qualifying reward.



Specifies the identity of OEMs that participate in the Windows Anytime Upgrade program.

The default value is 000000.

This string type supports empty elements.

Valid Configuration Passes




Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLCC | ReferralId

Applies To

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLCC

XML Example

The following example shows how to set Windows Anytime Upgrade.


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