Russian Trace in Windows 8 RTM Activation

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The effort of internet community to activate the leaked versions of Windows 8 RTM is amazing. This is happening despite the obvious disadvantage of Metro UI for regular desktop PCs with mouse and keyboard. Yet reportedly some people succeeded to activate with help of Russian-arranged KMS on-line server at [multitude of names] and WZT provided keys. I’ve even seen a suggestion that one could use Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 from Microsoft! That WZOR team could be involved of course (they are notorious to be within the Microsoft circle, making fun of Bill Gates — look at the avatar). 

KMS-type activation can give you “only” 180 days. Not all the attempts to activate are successful though. Some people reported that they managed to get the right response from and then after few manipulations and reboot suddenly they got the nag screen again: activation gone. What you can do to prevent this — backup these two folders to revert them in case of trouble:

C:\Windows\System32\spp\store C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WSLicense

And people keep asking questions. For example: is it safe to use my live account with “test” leaked versions of Windows, especially if I tried (or succeeded) to activate with WZT KMS server? Well, even if did not try to activate, your account may be flagged, so try to use a spare one.

Another question: how about offline KMS activator? Well you can get it and run it (AKA off-line Hyper-V solution) but it requires a KMS key which nobody has for Windows 8, it has not been released yet.

So here’s the procedure: Your computer’s clock should and your time zone is correct. Run the following sequence in the Command Prompt (WinKey + R) as administrator.

For Windows 8 Enterprise:
slmgr /skms [ip address of the KMS server goes here]
slmgr.vbs -ato

For Windows 8 Professional:
slmgr.vbs -ipk [Professional key goes here]
slmgr /skms [ip address of the KMS server goes here]
slmgr.vbs -ato

My suggestion — do not rush. Use legal ways and be smart.

By the way, if someone has an invite to private Wzor forum, send me one please.

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