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Connect to Brown's Key Management Service (KMS) to activate Windows

  • If you are off campus, make sure you are connected to the VPN
  • In the search bar next to the start menu, type 'cmd' (no quotes)
  • The Command Prompt icon will appear in the search window
  • Right-click the icon and select "Run as Administrator"
  • Click "Yes" to "allow the app to make changes"
  • In the Command Prompt window, type:

slmgr /skms pkmscit.ad.brown.edu:1688   

  • Press enter. This should open a new window with this text output:

Key Management Service machine name set to pkmscit.ad.brown.edu:1688 successfully.  

  • Click OK on this window
  • In the Command Prompt window, type:

slmgr /ato   

  • Press enter. This should open a new window with this text output:

Activating Windows(R),.....Product activated successfully.
  

  • Click OK on this window
  • Close the Command Prompt window



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