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Article ID: 2757817 - Last Review: April 22, 2013 - Revision: 4.0

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INTRODUCTION

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2 to enable the enterprise licensing of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012.

KMS provides support for the following KMS client activations:
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
KMS uses a KMS host key to activate itself on a KMS host and to establish a local activation service in your environment. This update extends support for KMS to provide activation for Windows 8 and for Windows Server 2012.

More information

Update information

How to obtain this update

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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All supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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All supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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All supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ ) How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Installation instructions

If you have a KMS host that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2, follow these steps to perform an upgrade:
  1. Install this update (update 2757817).
  2. Restart the computer when you are prompted to do this.
  3. To install a new KMS host key for Windows 8 activation or for Windows Server 2012 activation, run the following command:
    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <KMS host key>
    Note In this command, "KMS host key" is a placeholder for the new KMS host key for Windows 8 activation or for Windows Server 2012 activation.

    Important Every KMS host key is associated with a group of Windows editions. Additionally, a KMS host key that is associated with Windows client operating systems cannot be installed on Windows server operating systems, and vice-versa. This is true for all Windows operating systems except for Windows Server 2003. If you install a KMS host key on a Windows operating system that is not associated with that host key, you receive the following error message:
    0xc004f015: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed.
    SL_E_PRODUCT_SKU_NOT_INSTALLED
    For example, you may receive this error message in the following situations:
    • You try to install a Windows 7 KMS host key (CSVLK) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host.
    • You try to install a Windows 8 KMS host key (CSVLK) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host or a Windows Server 2012 KMS host.
  4. To activate the new KMS host key on the host computer, run the following command:
    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
Note For information about which operating systems can be activated by a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 KMS host, see the "Plan for Key Management Services activation" section of the following Microsoft TechNet webpage:
Volume activation methods (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134256.aspx)

Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running a volume-licensed edition of one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)


Note If you do not have the appropriate service pack installed, you receive the following error message when you try to apply this update:
The update does not apply to your system.

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Applies to
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2
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