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How do I renew my Windows licence?

If you have received a message to say your Windows licence has expired, please complete the following: 

Connect to the university’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) using Global Protect as that should automatically renew the licence. Further information on how to connect to the VPN can be found here. 

If that doesn’t update your licence, you can download the Activation file WindowsOSkms.bat to your local machine by following these steps:

  1. Go to the university’s software store
  2. Select the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 section.  For windows 8.1 select the option Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64 bit) . For Windows 10, select Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise 64Bit Build 1803.
  3. At the bottom of the page you will see WindowsOSkms.bat, click download
  4. Right click this file and select the option "Run As Administrator".

A command window will open and you should see phrase: REMAINING GRACE: 180 days. This indicates the licensing process has been successful. 

Each time you connect to the soton domain the license will be renewed for another 180 days in the background. 

If you need any assistance in doing this please call ServiceLine on 023 8059 5656 and have the teamview support page open and we can try and remote on to your machine and assist.

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