Windows could not be activated

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am using server 2008 as the OS on my workstation.  I received the following error wehn I try to activate the product.
Windoes could not be activated
If you continue to see this error message contact your system administrator or technical support department for assistance.
The software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated.  The Key Management SErvices (KMS) is not enabled.
Question by:Geigerkd
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    To activate KMS on Windows Server 2008 you must have a minimum of 5 computers running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 that are connected together.

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    Accepted Solution

    If you dont use KMS, just remove the key and re-enter the same key and try activating. It will go through fine.

    in commandline or runline
    slmgr.vbs -ipk #####-#####-#####-#####-#####    where ### denotes your priduct key
    slmgr.vbs -ato      to activate windows 2008
    slmgr.vbs -xpr     to see if its ever going to expire

    slmgr.vbs for more options to use with KMS

    It will always be a matter of removing the key and re-entering the same key to get it activated.



    Author Comment

    I do not want to run KMS.  How do I activate my product without it.  I do not have Vista and Server 2008 deployments complete yet.

    Author Closing Comment

    I have searched for the answer to this to no avail.  Your solution was right on.  Thank You So Much!  Have a great day!

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