Windows 10: Activation troubleshooting

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  1.    6 Days Ago #51

    MAK keys have allways validated via MS servers,
    because in the old days, VLK licences dont and they also needed a SLIC table as part of validation, so if Volume customers had users without a SLIC table they had to issue a MAK
    The other difference was that VLK licences were X day dependent
    MAK were one-off's.

    Roy
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  2.    6 Days Ago #52

    I hardly ever use MAK keys. Only if that's the only option for the version of Windows I want to run. Like when I want to have a look see at the Enterprise version. Usually, if there is a Retail key available via my MSDN sub I use it. MAK keys are a bit of a special case. It's VL but activates through Microsoft, not via your companies KMS server. Up until now though, I always showed "activated with a Product key", no DL. Now I get a DL. I currently have 3 PC's running Enterprise, all activated with that same MAK key, and all showing activated with a DL.
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  3.    6 Days Ago #53

    As an eg.. here's a MAK with 5000 activations...

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  4.    6 Days Ago #54

    It appears, if you activate with a MAK, you don't get a new generic key with the DL? Like what happens with Home or Pro. showkey just returns BBBBB-BBBBB-.... . slmgr though shows the last 5 of my MAK key.
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  5.    5 Days Ago #55

    Exactly as i woud expect Alphanumeric, slmgr was originally setup and designed for Volume licence users.
    But as everybody now knows about it, its ended up being an all user tool, especially /rearm.
    note i knew that MAK keys have multiple licence users per key, i meant they only need to be activated once.


    Roy
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  6.    5 Days Ago #56

    hawkman said: View Post
    Exactly as i woud expect Alphanumeric, slmgr was originally setup and designed for Volume licence users.
    But as everybody now knows about it, its ended up being an all user tool, especially /rearm.
    note i knew that MAK keys have multiple licence users per key, i meant they only need to be activated once.


    Roy
    Ah, OK, no calling home every 90 days, or what ever it is for KMS. I suspected that, just never bothered to prove it. I think that changes though, if its converted to a DL? I do believe there are periodic rechecks of activation status with a DL.
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