Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Windows 7 Activation Issues

So, I have been working at my new job for a few weeks now and one of the things I have been doing a little is upgrading Windows Installations offline.  I have used Autopatcher and the WSUS Offiline.  Both have been great when we can not connect the system to the network.

However, I have been running into a problem. When Activating windows, the activation fails.  You get an error message in the typical cryptic Microsoft style of error code 0x8007007b

Basically, you can not activate windows and you only have your grace period to use the system. This is a result of us using volume licensing, the solution that works best for me is as follows.
  • Run the following commands 
    • slmgr.vbs /ipk <product key from MSDN (MAK)> (This installs the product key) 
    • slmgr.vbs /ato (This activates windows) 
    • Optional - slmgr.vbs /dlv (Shows current activation status)