How does KMS activation work?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by nuhkka, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. nuhkka

    nuhkka MDL Member

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    I activated my Win 8.1 VL via a KMS server through the cmd. I've heard this is good for 6 months.

    However, why do I always see on startup and every few hours:

    'KMS connection broker'
    TWO 'Windows activation client' (slui.exe embedding and -ruleid=)

    processes on the task manager?



    are they trying to connect to M$ servers or the server I KMS activated? Why does it do it every few hours and not every 6 months? This I don't like because sometimes I'm using my VPN and I don't want M$ or some server logging the different IP's im using, if that's what those processes are doing..
     
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  2. EFA11

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