Windows 8 overview

 * Windows Server 8 Overview webcast on Channel9 Getting Started with Windows 8 – Windows Key (): switch to Home screen – Home screen, then type some characters: search for Apps (and Settings and Files as well) – Home screen: right click a Tile to see the Advanced button in the Taskbar – Ctrl-Alt-Del: Restart…


Volume activation at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Source: These are some of the important characteristics of Volume Activation 2.0 as implemented at the  UW-Madison. In November 2006, Microsoft rolled out their new volume license activation scheme, Volume Activation 2.0 (VA2). Windows desktop (Vista) was the first software released using VA2, but other Microsoft volume-licensed software will eventually follow. As of late…


KMS host troubleshooting & monitoring

* Windows Activation: Troubleshooting and Monitoring the KMS. Source: As I’ve described in the previous two installments, the KMS is a pretty simple and straight-forward service. When you think about, this makes sense because the only thing that it does is activate clients. So how do you track what the KMS is doing and…


Windows 7 deployment

Windows 7 deployment TechNet landing page TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Deploying Windows 7 by Alan Le Marquand


Activation and Volume Licensing contacts

Microsoft Activation Center Email: Tel: (+84) 4 935 1053; Outside Vietnam: 603 7712 4671   VLSC Support  Contact Email:     Tel:  +65 6622 1235 * Guide to register and access your Volume Licensing portal (in Vietnamese): 120-111-52 * Volume Licensing activation support phone number (in Vietnamese) Software Assurance customers and Volume Licensing…


Installing Windows 7 from a USB stick

I found the steps from the below article:   Make sure your USB stick is big enough to accomodate the Windows 7 installation bits. And here below is the summary of steps and output on my own machine:   C:\Windows\system32>diskpart   Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7054 Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation. On computer: MY-PC   DISKPART>…


KMS activation for Windows 7, Windows 2008, Office 2010 and above

 There are two different models for completing volume activation: 1.Multiple Activation Key (MAK) – MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services.2.Key Management Service (KMS) – KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network. This is new model designed for Windows 7, Windows 2008, Office 2010 and above. *…