Some Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Activation resources

We know that product activation can be a very complicated thing to figure out for developers, where environements are constantly torn down and rebuilt, and activations are not unlimited.

I was just alerted of a few more resources that you may find useful:

Product Activation in Development Environments for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Volume Activation:

Converting KMS Clients to MAK – required since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 install automatically as KMS clients. A MAK can be installed during or any time after operating system installation.

And as always, if you are wiping and rebuilding more often than 30 days, you may want to consider not activating at all since many products allow usage for 30 days prior to activating.


Comments (2)

  1. SubscriptionsBlogger2 says:

    And another resource:

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Activation and Validation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Level 300):

  2. WYARNG says:

    We’re in the process of building an in-house test network. Want to get a MSDN subscription, but am confused as to which package will allow us to use Server 2008 and 2003; Windows 7, Vista and XP; and VB.


     [Julie responds: check out the MSDN Comparison chart at:]