How do I activate Windows (w2k8/web/etc) using a MAK from the command line?

To change the licence key and activate Windows:

  1. Login to the server and run an Administrator command prompt.
  2. Type the following replacing the text with your MAK key to setup the key.
    slmgr.vbs /ipk <MAK>
  3. To activate windows run the following command
    slmgr.vbs /ato
  4. Windows should now be using the new MAK be activated over the internet.

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