When trying to activate you get 0xC004F074 with description "The Key Management Server (KMS) is unavailable"


The host that is used is very probably a Windows 2008 host that cannot standard activate 7 and 2008 R2 machines.

When you do not have Windows 2008 R2 host key have then you must have a Volume License agreement so that your request your 7 and keys.


Step 1:
-If the host a Windows 2003 SP2 machine is you have the from the KB article KB968915 install and restart the machine.
-If the host a Windows 2008 SP2 machine is you have the from the KB article KB968912 install and start the new machine.
-If the host one Windows 2008 R2 machine is you have to install any further update.

Step 2:
You the new host key import now. The commands are as follows:

1. Uninstall KMS license Key on host – slmgr.vbs /upk

2. Install Windows 2008 R2 KMS license key – slmgr.vbs /ipk <Your Key>

3. Activate KMS online: slmgr.vbs /ato

4. Net Stop slsvc

5. Net Start slsvc

The clients can now activate

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