How To Check The Activation Status Of Windows Vista / Windows 7 For Retail, MAK And KMS Editions


19.10.2010

How To Check The Activation Status Of Windows Vista / Windows 7 For Retail, MAK And KMS Editions

The Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems are pretty popular nowadays, as lots of users decided to leave behind the Windows XP OS and upgrade to a newer operating system. But, as Microsoft used its customers, all the Microsoft editions need to be activated in order to be fully functional, without exceptions.

So, it doesn’t matter if you bought Windows 7 or Vista through a Retail channel or if you opted for a volume licensing channel, your Windows 7 / Vista edition needs to be activated. Despite this, Microsoft allows you to run Windows Vista or Windows 7 as a free trial / evaluation edition for 30 days, which can be extended to 120 days, but if you do not activate it until the trial period expires, your Windows OS will start displaying messages which tells you to activate your OS and, eventually it might stop working and you won’t be able to use it anymore.

In this guide you will find the instructions on how to check if your Windows 7 or Vista edition is activated, this is recommended for computers which are re-activated at regular periods of time, such as the Windows Vista / 7 that was activated with the Key Management Server (KMS), this is used by big companies with volume licensing contracts. So, follow the steps below and you will be able of checking the activation status of your Windows 7 or Vista for all versions, such as Windows Vista / 7 with retail product key, Key Management Server (KMS) or with the Multiple Activation Key (MAK) system :

  1. Open the Start Menu and type in ‘cmd’. When you see the ‘cmd.exe’ or ‘Command Prompt’ text in the result field, right-click it and choose ‘Run as Administrator’ option, which will open the Command Prompt with administrator rights. Another way to open Command Promp is by opening the Start Menu > select Accessories and click Command Prompt.

  2. Now that the Command is open, you need to type in the following command lines : slmgr -xpr / slmgr -dli / slmgr -dlv . After you enter one of these commands, you should see a window that tells you the activation status of your Windows Vista / 7 which should tell you something like ‘The machine is permanently activated’ or it might say ‘Licensed’ text right next to the License Status entry.

Also, you can open the System Properties in Windows by clicking the Start Menu and right click on the ‘Computer’ icon and select the ‘Properties’ option from the right-click menu. Now go to the last line of the opened page and there you can see the activation status of your Windows OS along with the product ID.

This is all that you need to do in order to learn if your Windows Vista or 7 is activated.

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