With VLK, there IS activation. The activation is offline, instant and without further ado but it takes place.Without product activation, it would be non-activated. What makes it so straight-forward is the fact that you have to enter a Corp key during installation which instantly sets the state to Licensed. It is virtually impossible to have a non-activated Corp install (maybe by removing the key). In a nutshell, there is activation, but you won't notice it.