Applies To: Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
Computers that are running volume licensed editions of Windows Server, Windows 10, Windows 8.1,
Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows
Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 are, by default, KMS
clients with no additional configuration needed.
To use the keys listed here (which are GVLKs), you must first have a KMS host
running in your deployment. If you haven’t already configured a KMS host, see
Deploy KMS Activation for steps to set one up.
If you are converting a computer from a KMS host, MAK, or retail edition of
Windows to a KMS client, install the applicable setup key (GVLK) from the
following tables. To install a client setup key, open an administrative command
prompt on the client, type slmgr /ipk <setup key> and then press Enter.
If you want to…
…use these resources
Activate Windows outside of a volume-activation scenario (that is, you’re trying to activate a retail version of Windows), these keys will not work.
Use these links for retail versions of Windows:
Fix this error that you get when you try to activate a Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 or newer system: “Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid”…
Install this update on the KMS host if it is running Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012.
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