I finally got my Vista volume license media yesterday. The edition is Business Edition. The license key we got is called Multiple Activation Key (MAK) . I noticed that I didn’t have to enter license key during the installation. It turns out that Vista’s installation media let you try out Vista for 30 days (this can be extended 3 times). You’ll have to install the key and activate it before the tryout period ends. Here is a step-by-step guide by Microsoft.
If you don’t want to read the comprehensive guide. Here is what I did to install and activate my machine.
- Open up an elevated command prompt.
- Enter the following
slmgr -ipk your-mak-key-here slmgr -ato
I mentioned that you can extend the tryout period. You use the same command to do it.
You can use this for every editions of Vista except the Enterprise Edition which has only 3 days of tryout period.