Windows 7 Activation Guide

Please note that CUIT recommends users install Windows 10, as Microsoft no longer offers mainstream support for Windows 7. Beginning in January 2020, Microsoft will also discontinue extended support for Windows 7, meaning that you will not be able to count on any security or reliability patches.

  1. Log in using an account with Local Administrator privileges.
  2. Confirm that your Date, Time and Region Settings are correct. Activation may not work if these are set wrong.
  3. Activation requires a secure campus network connection. If you are off campus, you will need to setup VPN. VPN download and instructions.
  4. Go to Start → All Programs → Accessories → Command Prompt.
  5. Right-click the Command Prompt program entry.
Right-click the Command Prompt program entry.

6. Select Run as Administrator. This is important, activation will not complete if you do not run as Administrator.

7. At the prompt type the following commands:
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms kms.cc.columbia.edu
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

At the prompt type the following commands: cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms kms.cc.columbia.edu cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

8. You have successfully activated your Windows 7 client.