I had an issue today with an old KMS server that some machines had been talking to getting shut down and then the machines months later complaining that they couldn’t find the KMS server. I then removed the KMS server’s DNS entries and prevented it from publishing them to dns which had been missed before. That isn’t the purpose of this post though so if you need more info the below two links help out a lot.
Back to the purpose of my post was when I get tickets for activations (as I have over the past few days) I wanted an easy script to run slmgr, remove the product key, input, and activate the new key. We use MAK keys in our environment so just for the few machines that were set up for KMS a simple script sounded like an easy way to take care of them. Problem is I run Windows 10 and the machines I was trying to fix were Windows 7. SLMGR.vbs is version specific so although I probably could have copied one off a windows 7 machine I came up with the below solution to work on any version of Windows. To accomplish this I used our old friend psexec which creates a session runs each slmgr command locally on their machine and outputs the result after prompting for a machine name. A really simple script but maybe someone will find this useful. Don’t forget to put psexec in the same directory you run the script from. Happy Friday 🙂
set /p machinename=Input the PC Name:%=% PsExec.exe \\%machinename% cscript %SystemRoot%\System32\slmgr.vbs /upk PsExec.exe \\%machinename% cscript %SystemRoot%\System32\slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx PsExec.exe \\%machinename% cscript %SystemRoot%\System32\slmgr.vbs /ato