whats better for Win8 activation KMS or SLIC BIOS?

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  1. CaelThunderwing

    CaelThunderwing MDL Novice

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    i've had my Copy of Windows 7 Ultimate since October 2009 (New Efficiency Seminar in Detroit MI) and i have Win Server 2012 (viafriend in college that provides access to Dreamspark (but no access to Win 81.Pro via that)

    With windows 9 on its heals by a year, im looking to upgrade to 8.1 but not sure whats the better activation method, i know KMS i need at the 180 day mark to be connected to the net for it to contact the server, and w/ the SLIC bios Mod its perma.

    but both have me worring which is better? which is easly broken by a windows update? i wouldnt really be thinking of the Bios mod if my board wasnt an Dual-BIOS gigabyte board (1 bad flash = quick recovery,)
     
  2. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    #2 Myrrh, Mar 12, 2014
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    SLIC is obsolete for Win8, replaced by OEM : DM which has a unique, valid key per-machine, embedded in the system's ROM.

    KMS is the only feasible method existing to activate Win8 without spending money. Everything else requires a contact to Microsoft to activate.
     
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  3. CaelThunderwing

    CaelThunderwing MDL Novice

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    :/ KMS only for now? makes me wish i knew about the Dreamspark loophole for win 8.1 pro in time :/ then is it better to use a public KMS Server or make one within my own network? and whats the disadvantages of KMS (aka again how easily to break by Windows update etc. still seen for the most part as genuine when retrieving downloads from Microsoft.)
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Yes, SLIC only works for Server builds, now. I prefer to run my own KMS, less dependency on online services, lol.

    The disadvantages of KMS?
    1. Some SKUs do not support it officially (unofficially it still works with a KMS emu).
    2. It has to be renewed periodically. Most solutions from here do that by themselves in one way or the other.
    3. VL-activated Windows are excluded from some MS offers and need to use alternate ways (e. g. ISO) to upgrade.
     
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  5. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Unfortunately only Server 2012 so far, as R2 is still missing OEM:SLP keys :cool2:.

    PS: Carlos, the font you're using is really hard to read ... :hmm:. Always makes me think i'm blind.
     
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  6. Jeroni.

    Jeroni. MDL Novice

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    Regards
    Microsoft Toolkit 2.5
    It is the best ...
     
  7. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    #7 Superfly, Mar 12, 2014
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    Does generated keys not work?
     
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  8. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Don't let Daz see this :D. After reading a lot about it, decided not to mess with this, as long noone knows how those ones will react on long term.
     
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  9. eydee

    eydee Guest

    KMS (MTK) is the best solution for both win7 and win8. Why? Because you need it for Office anyway, and there's no point in having 2 activation solutions on your PC when a single one can do all the work.
     
  10. YIN

    YIN MDL Member

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    i prefer win7 because few things:
    1. win7 using slic (activated forever) and win8 using kms (kms software look like is waiting for "windows update" that can kill your offline server).
    2. UAC in win 8 S.U.C.K.S. (try to turn off completely and use metro apps, start menu is working better with expensive touch screen)

    so lets forget about win8 and go back to the good old win7
     
  11. Smorgan

    Smorgan Glitcher

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    (Wakes up to answer license thingee)

    SLIC BIOS Activation has been retired and replaced with SLIC emulation which is done by Loaders such as daz's loaders. Aka do it once and your done.

    While KMS Activation puts a KMS emulation onto the machine that mirrors an entire web server in order to keep a key perpetually activated every 180 days.

    Now which one is the best solution? Personally I prefer activating once and being done with it. However KMS keeps a task in the Windows task scheduler which keeps it going with minimal user interaction and keeps life convenient. That being said SLIC only requires one activation and your done. At this point I usually run genuine because of the keys I have access to.

    This being a rather simply question means we really don't need to say more than that.
     
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  12. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    How can you activate Windows 8.x using SLIC emulation??

    :doh:
     
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  13. Smorgan

    Smorgan Glitcher

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    #13 Smorgan, Mar 13, 2014
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    It's been a long day hmph. I'm allowed to point out trivial idiocies.

    Aka its easier to do a Loader that does most of the SLIC BIOS stuff for you anyway.

    And It's been sad Tits most of what I do now can't be put on the forum cause its a custom Windows edition :p
     
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  14. eydee

    eydee Guest

    So you don't use Office? Strange, you even have Office repositories in your sig. If you do use Office, you do have that KMS emulation on your computer, but only use half of its potential. Instead, you have another thing installed for the OS. (Or not, as you say you have access to keys. Still, the point remains.)
     
  15. lievre

    lievre MDL Senior Member

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    I've try Microsoft toolkit, work pretty well but once in awhile i cannot use it, won't install.
    Then i use also KMSpico never have any issue with it. Easy to use easy to install.

    Your choice both are doing a pretty good job.

    Lievre
     
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  16. CaelThunderwing

    CaelThunderwing MDL Novice

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    its been a tiring day (IRL throwing a bag of Flaing *** in my face w/ troubles.) looks like a win 7 upgrade pretty much is almost no diffrent from a fresh install, am i better off doing a fresh install or doing an upgrade if VL-ISO's can upgrade anyways?

    and Smorgan i'd like to know that as well how is SLIC action possible (i agree w/ you 1 time activate and be done w/ it.)
     
  17. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    No SLIC for Win 8.x. OEM: DM keys cannot be shared, in opposite to OEM: SLP keys in Win 7 and Server 2012.
     
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  18. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    We'll save you some headache.
    There is no non-legit OEM activation happening in win8.x
    Think of OEM keys as legit retail keys. There's no way to emulate the things because they are tied to specific hardware hashes and installation ids and activated online with online reporting.

    Use KMS or go buy Windows 8. There are no other alternatives besides maybe butchering your system files with a hacktivator. Trust me, you DON'T want to do that.
     
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