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What is Static Activation Key,OEm,Retail etc Keys differences?? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I found the Key type as Static Activation Key ,Retail,VA 1.0,OEM Key,Multiple activation Keys listed in the MSDN Product keys.

    Pls any one tell me what are the differences between each of them. Pls

    Thanks in advance.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 1:30 PM

Answers

  • Static Activation Key = similar to Volume License Key can be installed and activated on "n" no. of systems.

    OEM (Original Equipped Manufacturer) = It's a type of key which is available only from the system builders but some products from MSDN have this type ex. Windows 7 Starter.

    Retail keys requires an activation can be obtained from the MSDN Subscriptions page.

    VA or Volume License Key = which doesn't require any activation, during installation enter the VL product key and it will be activated automatically.

    MAK (Multiple Activation Key)

    A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft's hosted activation services (that is, it requires connection with a Microsoft activation server). Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required.
    Important: Each MAK has a predetermined number of allowed activations, based on your Volume Licensing agreement. Contact the Microsoft Activation Center to increase your MAK activation limit.
    You can activate licenses in one of two ways using MAK:
    MAK Independent Activation - Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.
    MAK Proxy Activation - One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with a single connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which is a part of the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). VAMT enables IT Professionals to automate and centrally manage the Volume Activation process using MAK, and includes a check on the number of activations on the MAK.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:10 AM

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  • Static Activation Key = similar to Volume License Key can be installed and activated on "n" no. of systems.

    OEM (Original Equipped Manufacturer) = It's a type of key which is available only from the system builders but some products from MSDN have this type ex. Windows 7 Starter.

    Retail keys requires an activation can be obtained from the MSDN Subscriptions page.

    VA or Volume License Key = which doesn't require any activation, during installation enter the VL product key and it will be activated automatically.

    MAK (Multiple Activation Key)

    A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft's hosted activation services (that is, it requires connection with a Microsoft activation server). Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required.
    Important: Each MAK has a predetermined number of allowed activations, based on your Volume Licensing agreement. Contact the Microsoft Activation Center to increase your MAK activation limit.
    You can activate licenses in one of two ways using MAK:
    MAK Independent Activation - Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.
    MAK Proxy Activation - One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with a single connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which is a part of the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). VAMT enables IT Professionals to automate and centrally manage the Volume Activation process using MAK, and includes a check on the number of activations on the MAK.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:10 AM
  • Just to add on to what Pratha said, you can also review our help page here for some additional info: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc137104.aspx

    More information is also here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457048.aspx and here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302806 

    Thanks,
    Mike

     

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:56 PM
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  • if we install product with static key means. That product is licenced. we can use that product for any development activity or not 
    Friday, October 14, 2016 6:29 AM
  • if we install product with static key means. That product is licenced. we can use that product for any development activity or not 

    Static activation keys are provided for products that do not require activation. They can be used for any number of installations.

    You can find more information about Static Activation from the following link:

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc137104.aspx

    Thanks
    prathaprabhu



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    Friday, October 14, 2016 8:03 AM