Monitor activation

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Looking for retail activation?

You can monitor the success of the activation process for a computer running Windows in several ways. The most popular methods include:

  • Using the Volume Licensing Service Center website to track use of MAK keys.
  • Using the Slmgr /dlv command on a client computer or on the KMS host. (For a full list of options, see Slmgr.vbs Options.)
  • Viewing the licensing status, which is exposed through Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI); therefore, it is available to non-Microsoft or custom tools that can access WMI. (Windows PowerShell can also access WMI information.)
  • Most licensing actions and events are recorded in the Event log (ex: Application Log events 12288-12290).
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and the KMS Management Pack can provide insight and information to users of System Center Operations Manager.
  • See Troubleshooting activation error codes for information about troubleshooting procedures for Multiple Activation Key (MAK) or the Key Management Service (KMS).
  • The VAMT provides a single site from which to manage and monitor volume activations. This is explained in the next section.

See also

Volume Activation for Windows 10