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Windows 7: Activating W7 ENTERPRISE

14 Oct 2009   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Activating W7 ENTERPRISE

Hi there
just a little note --the activation procedure on W7 ENTERPRISE is slightly different from the normal method (assuming you are using an RTM version from Technet etc).

When you install you only get 3 Days and not the 30 before you have to activate if you don't enter a product key when installing (actually I wasn't prompted to in any case).

When you activate you wont't get a prompt to enter the product key -- you'll get an ERROR saying DNS error (which is about as far from the truth as you could imagine unless it means Duh 'Nother SxxT'.

You need to click on CHANGE PRODUCT KEY and enter the technet key you got.

Then it activates fine. Works on several machines as well.


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14 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
When you activate you wont't get a prompt to enter the product key -- you'll get an ERROR saying DNS error (which is about as far from the truth as you could imagine unless it means Duh 'Nother SxxT'.
Actually, it is a DNS error. The expectation is that a Windows 7 enterprise activation will happen with a KMS (key management server) in your environment and MS clients will look up the KMS host via a special record in DNS.

By using the change product key, you identify that you instead wish to use a MAK key (multiple activation key).
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