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Windows 7 Activation Guide

The following steps will allow you to install and activate Windows 7 Enterprise within UCL without a licence key. The method that is shown below is not recommended for Laptops that do not connect to the UCL network (not Wireless) on a regular basis (every six months)

Once you have installed Windows 7 Enterprise, the product is activated using a central UCL server (no product key needs to be entered). Before performing this procedure you must configure the IP address for your system. You should already have an IP address if you have downloaded this software from within UCL but if not please contact your Local Departmental Administrator or contact IS hostadmin@ucl.ac.uk

To check if you have an IP address:

  • Select the Windows Start button and select Run... Type 'cmd' or 'command'.
  • This opens a command console window. Type 'ipconfig', and check for IP address


Any issues with this process please contact us

The hostname suffix needs to be correctly configured as below:

Click on Start -> Control Panel

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Go to the System and Security area.

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Click on System

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Under the ‘Computer name, ...’ section click ‘Change Settings’

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Click on Change ...

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Click on More ...

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Enter the appropriate Primary DNS suffix in the text box and click OK. (if you are unsure of this please contact your Departmental Network Administrator).

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Acknowledge restart requirement.

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Under the ‘Computer name, ...’ section click ‘Change Settings’ Click on Change ... Click on More ... Enter the appropriate Primary DNS suffix in the text box and click OK. (if you are unsure of this please contact your Departmental Network Administrator).Acknowledge restart requirement.

Close the System Properties

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And Restart your computer

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When the system has restarted, open the System control panel again and click ‘Activate Windows now’

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Activate Windows online now

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Windows should now be successfully activated with the UCL server.

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If your product is not activating then please try the following:

  1. Please check that your machine has the correct time and time zone set.
  2. Send the output of ipconfig /all from the cmd to kms-support@ucl.ac.uk, with the subject as Windows 7 Authorisation issues.
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