Activate KMS Manually

In cases where automatic discovery doesn’t work, Windows and Office can be manually pointed to the KMS server, per the steps listed below.


Manual Windows Activation

To manually activate Windows, use the following steps:

  1. Open a command prompt with elevation (Right click and run as administrator)
  2. Run the following command to point Windows to the KMS server:
    • cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms kms1.kms.sjsu.edu
  3. Run the following command to activate Windows:
    • cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato


Manual Office Activation

To manually activate Office, use the following steps:

  1. Open a command prompt with elevation
  2. Navigate to the Office installation folder using the cd command.
    • These are the typical folder locations:
      • Office 2010 32-bit:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
      • Office 2010 64-bit:  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
      • Office 2013 32-bit:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
      • Office 2013 64-bit:  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
    • Example:  cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
  3. Run the following command to point Office to the KMS server:
    • cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:kms1.kms.sjsu.edu
  4. Run the following command to activate Office:
    • cscript ospp.vbs /act