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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Windows 8 activation with VAMT – Part I

Few days ago, I was working with our company Windows 8 Enterprise Key as we are going to perform OS upgrade for our internal PCs. I went to test our Volume License Key with the nifty Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0 ( VAMT ) , but whenever I tried to add our key to the tool I got the error message as below ( Invalid character in the product key ) , you can test it yourself with the N character :

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So my workmate Ramy – our System Center guy - said “Maybe there are a new VAMT version for Windows 8 ?” . At this stage I started to check on TechNet to look for a new version of VAMT when I found the follow :

With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 , Microsoft released The Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) which contains all of the tools that you need to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.

VAMT , which has reached its 6.2.9200.0 version directly from its successor with version 2.0.67.0 ! is one of the components included within ADK as listed below :SNAGHTML1fabeb6

Windows ADK includes the eight features listed below :

  1. Application Compatibility Toolkit ( ACT )
  2. Deployment Tools
  3. Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
  4. User State Migration Tool (USMT)
  5. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
  6. Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
  7. Windows Assessment Toolkit
  8. Windows Assessment Services

In another post I will show how to install VAMT as a part of ADK to be used for Windows 8 activation , so keep tuned .