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Official MS KMS Keys   Leave a comment

KMS keys (GVLK) for Windows Client and Server SKU’s

Vista, 7, 8, 8.1. Server 2008, Server 2008R2, Server 2012 R2.

KMS Client Keys gathered..

Windows Vista Business YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8
Windows Vista Business N HMBQG-8H2RH-C77VX-27R82-VMQBT
Windows Vista Enterprise VKK3X-68KWM-X2YGT-QR4M6-4BWMV
Windows Vista Enterprise N VTC42-BM838-43QHV-84HX6-XJXKV
Windows 7 Professional FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows 7 Professional N MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG
Windows 7 Professional E W82YF-2Q76Y-63HXB-FGJG9-GF7QX
Windows 7 Enterprise 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
Windows 7 Enterprise N YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ
Windows 7 Enterprise E C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4
Windows 8 Professional NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4
Windows 8 Professional N XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ
Windows 8 Enterprise 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8 Enterprise N JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT
Windows 8.1 Professional GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 Professional N HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY
Windows 8.1 Enterprise MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW
Windows Web Server 2008 WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D
Windows Server 2008 Standard TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 Standard wo Hyper-V W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise wo Hyper-V 39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG
Windows Server 2008 HPC RCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter wo Hyper-V 22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium Systems 4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web 6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition FKJQ8-TMCVP-FRMR7-4WR42-3JCD7
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter 74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V
Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

Note: Sourced default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.. They can be used as product key when installing the OS in Enter the product key to activate windows. When you choose to automatically install a KMS client key (GVLK), VAMT will use these KMS keys.

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Posted September 13, 2016 by benryanau in ICT, Microsoft

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Windows Vista UAC delay (workaround)   Leave a comment

They joys of consent.exe – User Account Control – stealing your life, one dialog box at a time

A while ago I really started to get sick of the extended delay whenever Vista kicked up a UAC prompt. The delay was between 2 and 10 seconds depending on power management settings (eg throttled CPU on Power Saver profile took longer). So I poked around with ProcMon from Sysinternals to see what was going on.

All I could really see was a heap of registry access related to the audio subsystem, culminating in a "Beep" when the dialog box is finally presented.

So, I stopped the Windows Audio service. Lo and behold – INSTANT UAC PROMPT!

Now if you can explain this, I’m all ears. If you can reproduce this behaviour, I’m even more interested. Needless to say I’ve been running for a while now with no audio… when I get around to it I’ll try Norton’s beta UAC replacement tool –

BTW don’t turn off UAC. UAC isn’t just a dialog box and a beep – it has a whole shedload of stuff happening in behind the scenes (registry and folder virtualisation, process-sandboxing etc). If you turn it off, you will probably regret it at some point, as well as being less secure.

Posted February 3, 2009 by benryanau in Microsoft

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Vista not appending DNS domain name to lookups   Leave a comment

Ran across this today..

Vista x32 SP1 box, IE stopped working. It wasn’t using the proxy. Trace showed it couldn’t auto-detect the proxy. It was attempting to look up "wpad" to grab the proxy wpad.dat file. The local DNS was returning "Server failure". It was because the client wasn’t appending the domain suffix to the query. It had been working fine, and no configuration had changed to trigger this issue. DHCP was issuing the suffix with its leases, the adapter had "Append primary and connection-specific DNS suffixes" set.

No "DNS suffix for this connection" was manually entered (this is provided by DHCP).

Nslookup was issuing unqualified names (eg trying to resolve "wpad" not "wpad.local"). All other winsock apps were doing the same.

No funky LSP’s were present, nor GPO’s or anything in hosts file. The box just stopped resolving, wouldn’t append the suffix. I tried disabling/enabling the adapter, flushing the dns resolver cache (ipconfig /flushdns), ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew.

Then after a heap of fiddling it seemed to be better – but I had to close and re-open any apps that were open while the problem was present to get them to work properly. They seemed to have some sort of stateful relationship with (winsock?) that needed to be re-established after whatever I did fixed the global issue.

Weird.. just logging it in case it’s a silent issue.

Posted September 23, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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Resume from hibernate fails.. – possible hotfix!   Leave a comment

In the last few days Microsoft have published a request-only hotfix that addresses issues with pcmcia.sys.
While the repro case mentioned in the KB article is different to that here, the root cause may be similar in the pcmcia.sys driver.
I haven’t tested it, mainly due to lack of time to jump through MS hoops to get the hotfix.. (The Hotfix Share may offer an alternative..!)
If you do test it, please comment on your results!
KB article here –

Posted September 3, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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So Vista doesn’t trust you with c:\windows?   Leave a comment

Vista has set the owner of "system" files to TrustedInstaller and set the ACL to deny anyone from making changes. Cute, but annoying.

Typically anything in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 will give "Access Denied" even after the myriad UAC prompts.

My Dell Latitude D830 has a 32GB flash-based SSD harddisk, the space constraints of which get a bit tiring.

The performance of the $800 option leave a lot to be desired.. but that’s another story. Along with the AHCI issues, BSOD due to LPM changes in Vista.. <sigh>.

Anyhow I wanted to compress the contents of c:\windows\system32\driverstore as it was 1.4GB.. dunno how compressible it will be but we’ll see.

Here’s a script to fix the permissions issue. Grab it here from my SkyDrive (incl readme)

Someone at mydigitallife wrote it, it’s very basic but automates the changes. Thanks to the author!

Posted May 18, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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Resume from hibernate fails with black screen, flashing cursor under Vista- WORKAROUND   Leave a comment

Here’s a copy of a post I made on the Dell Forums relating to hibernation resume under Vista. Original post –

The issue still exists – I’ve disabled the pcmcia.sys driver to work around the issue.


Thought I’d post to document what I’ve found after at least 40 solid hours of troubleshooting.

If your notebook won’t fully wake from hibernation, and instead sits there with a black screen with a flashing white cursor at top left of screen, this is probably for you.

The issue specifically occurs here on a Latitude D830 running Vista Ent x32. The command to hibernate completes ok. On power-on, the resume process starts, the "resuming windows" bar winds back and forth with HDD activity, and after 10-20 seconds the video mode changes as expected, but instead of bringing up Windows desktop the machine is stuck/frozen with only a white cursor flashing in a dos-mode display res black screen. It’s unresponsive (no kb lights etc) only a long press on power will shut it off. At reboot the NT loader says "Resume failed, do you want to delete restoration data and boot normally".

Unsuccessful troubleshooting included

-All third-party drivers were disabled via regedit (set start type to 4) and all non-essential Microsoft drivers as well (USB etc).

-Firmware and driver versions correct, chkdsk, hiberfil.sys recreated, peripherals removed

-All MS KB articles relating to Vista and hibernation read, relevant hotfixes obtained and applied.. SP1 installed (which was another story)

-All combinations of power management settings

-Replacement of mainboard, processor, RAM, HDD (this was to try and fix another issue with SSD HDD BSOD’s, but didn’t fix this one)

-Reinstall from scratch several times with Vista Enterprise x32 using only Dell drivers and software

-Left it with the Dell service agents to muddle with (with no success I must add, so I took it back)

Eventually I found what I think is the problem. It seems that disabling the onboard PC card/1394 controller via the BIOS works around this problem. I suspect what is happening is the onboard O2Micro PC Card controller (or the associated smartcard reader and 1394 controller) is buggy in that it does not behave correctly when returning from S4. The supporting driver is the Microsoft pcmcia.sys so it’s not a driver issue imo.

This of course is not a solution – it’s up to Dell to work with their third-party suppliers to provide hardware that is Vista compliant. I happen to use my PC card slot quite a bit for WWAN and other cards.

Are there any Dell reps here who could recommend what I could do to get this on an engineer’s radar?

Hope this helped someone having this problem – if I can I’ll update this post with more info as I have it.

Keywords: vista hibernate hibernation resume black flashing cursor hangs freezes "delete restoration data"

Posted May 17, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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"Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless"   Leave a comment

Microsoft have announced "Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless" –

Quote from KB:

"This article describes the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless. This software update includes the following components or features that improve wireless support in Windows Vista:

Bluetooth version 2.1 support

Unified Pairing user interface

Windows Connect Now updates

Some of these features may work with existing hardware. However, you must have new hardware to take advantage of the new functionality.
This update is compatible with all versions of Windows Vista. It can be installed only on a computer that is running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)."

It is only available (at this time) from hardware vendors/OEM’s. Dell seem to be confused by my request for it, they asked me if I wanted to install SP1 (!).

I’m hoping it will resolve my rfcomm.sys BSOD/STOP issues, as rfcomm.sys has been updated in this pack.

Posted May 17, 2008 by benryanau in Microsoft

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