Copies of Windows 7 that are connected to the EECS or CSE hard-line networks should connect to the University KMS server and activate automatically. However, in some situations, automatic activation will fail and Windows will need to be activated manually using the steps below.
Force Automatic Activation
If you receive a message indicating that Windows failed to activate, you can force it to retry by following these directions. Please note that Windows will not be able to activate without a working network connection (ensure that your LAN drivers are installed).
If you are connected to the network and these steps fail to work correctly, you may need to manually activate. Please follow the steps below to do so.
Manual Activation Instructions
If the above steps fail, you may need to reset the Windows product key. To do so, follow these steps:
Please note that in order to stay activated, the computer must connect to the University network at least once every 210 days. If the machine is used primarily off campus, the VPN client can be used.
Reminder: Copies of Microsoft products obtained through DCO can only be used/installed on machines purchased and owned by the University of Michigan.