KMS is meant for Volume Licenses only and not OEM or one off purchases.

Joshua Wortz
RHCT - RHEL5 | MCSE - 2K3 | MCTS - Exchange 2007 | MCTS - Vista - Configuration | MCDST
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Michigan State University
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-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Schrock [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] ah yes, win 8 makes things easier :P

KMS is probably overkill for us, I'd guess most of our licenses are largely oem licenses purchased with new machines.  For those that aren't, we're not really doing it enough that it's worth adding yet another system to keep track of :).  We're not fancy enough yet to do things like deploying an os centrally, so if we're having to be at the machine to do it anyways, adding the step to change the product key isn't a big deal in the process.  (At least when it's something that doesn't take googling to figure out how to do it.)

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Kramer, Jack <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> If you have more than 20 Windows licenses or so (of any kind) you 
> might just be better off deploying a KMS. Trust me, it's worth it.
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> Jack Kramer
> Manager of Information Technology
> Communications and Brand Strategy
> Michigan State University
> w: 517-884-1231 / c: 248-635-4955
> On Mar 13, 2013, at 11:28 AM, Gary Schrock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Anyone try installing Win 8 from a volume license yet?  As you'll 
> recall from Win 7, you have to go in and change the product key after 
> install.  Well, you do the same thing in Win 8.  The catch?  The link 
> for changing the product key doesn't appear if windows isn't 
> activated.  Here's what I found from MS on how to do this:
> To change the product key without first activating Windows, use one of 
> the following methods:
> Method 1
> Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, 
> if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the 
> screen, and then click Search.
> In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
> Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
> Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click 
> Activate.
> Method 2
> Run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
> Cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <Your product key> Note 
> You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to 
> change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product 
> key on multiple computers.
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> The words I want to use to describe this aren't fit for polite 
> company, so I'll exclude them from this email :).
> Gary