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License Advisor for Volume Licensing


Volume License and Online Services Keys

Published: March 24, 2003 | Updated: June 26, 2006

Microsoft includes product activation technology in some products sold through original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and retail channels. Most licenses acquired through Microsoft Volume Licensing do not need to be activated. However, Volume Licensing customers must enter a Volume License Key (VLK) or an Online Services Key (OSK) when installing from some Volume Licensing media.

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What Is a Volume License Key? What Is a Volume License Key?
How Do I Get a Volume License Key? How Do I Get a Volume License Key?
What if I Can't Find My Volume License or Online Services Keys? What if I Can't Find My Volume License or Online Services Keys?
How Do I Deploy with a Volume License or Online Services Key and Volume Licensing Media? How Do I Deploy with a Volume License or Online Services Key and Volume Licensing Media?
How Do I Find the Right Volume License or Online Services Key? How Do I Find the Right Volume License or Online Services Key?

What Is a Volume License Key?

A VLK is a product key that is issued to a specific customer under a specific license agreement. Each VLK is associated with a particular customer and type of product for which the customer is licensed. Use your VLKs when you are installing a product or creating a custom image for designing and maintaining a standardized desktop. An image created by using the VLK and Volume Licensing media can be reimaged onto any computer without requiring activation.

Note VLKs can be used only with Volume Licensing media; they cannot be used with retail full packaged product or OEM CD media.

How Do I Get a Volume License Key?

Program-specific instructions on how to obtain your VLK or OSK are available on the following Web pages:

Program-specific instructions on how to obtain your VLK or OSK are available on the following Web pages for customers who speak Russian, Ukrainian, and Simplified Chinese:

What if I Can't Find My Volume License or Online Services Keys?

If you are unable to obtain your VLK and OSK, call the Microsoft Activation Center for your country or region. You will need to provide your Volume License agreement information and proof of purchase when you call.

Customers in the United States: (888) 352-7140

International customers: Find the telephone number for your country or region

Note These telephone numbers are for Volume License Keys only.

How Do I Deploy with a Volume License or Online Services Key and Volume Licensing Media?

Volume Licensing media for affected products will no longer include a preconfigured product ID or a product key on the CD packaging. You must use the appropriate VLK or OSK for desktop and network administrator installations.

The VLK or OSK is assigned to your organization and is intended for its sole use. You must take reasonable and appropriate measures to ensure that this product key is used only to install and distribute licenses pursuant to the terms of your agreement.

Technical deployment details can be found in each product's deployment guide:

How Do I Find the Right Volume License or Online Services Key?

Different products require different VLKs or OSKs. Refer to the following table to make sure you have the correct VLK for your Microsoft product.

Volume License Keys
Product Required VLK and OSK

Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
Microsoft Office 2003 Standard
Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition

Office 2003 Suite VLK1

Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft Access 2003
Microsoft Excel 2003
Microsoft FrontPage 2003
Microsoft InfoPath 2003
Microsoft OneNote 2003
Microsoft Outlook 2003
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
Microsoft Visio 2003
Microsoft Visio Professional 2003
Microsoft Project Professional 2003
Microsoft Publisher 2003

Office 2003 Application VLK2

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Microsoft Windows XP VLK

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC VLK

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 (64-bit platform)

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit VLK

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x86 (32-bit platform)

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 VLK

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 platform

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, x64 Ed. VLK

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x86 (32-bit platform)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 IA-64 platform (Itanium 64-bit edition)

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 VLK

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 platform

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, x64 Ed. VLK

Microsoft Office XP Standard
Microsoft Office XP Professional
Microsoft Office XP Professional with Microsoft FrontPage
Microsoft Office XP Developer

Office XP Suite VLK3

Microsoft Word 2002
Microsoft Access 2002
Microsoft Excel 2002
Microsoft FrontPage 2002
Microsoft Outlook 2002
Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
Microsoft Visio 2002
Microsoft Project 2002
Microsoft Project Professional 2002

Office XP Application VLK4

Microsoft Visio Enterprise Network Tools

Visio Enterprise Network Tools VLK

Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 (all components and SKUs) on WWF CD only

Office 2000 VLK5,6

Microsoft Project 2000 SR-1 on WWF CD only

Microsoft Office 2000 VLK7,8

Microsoft Business Network Professional

Microsoft Business Network Professional OSK and Standard Test OSK

Microsoft Business Network Standard

Microsoft Business Network Standard OSK

1 Individual applications installed from an Office 2003 product executable require the Office 2003 Suite VLK.
2 Individual Office 2002 family applications installed by using their own installation executable require the Office XP Application VLK.
3 Individual applications installed from an Office XP product executable require the Office XP Suite VLK.
4 Individual Office 2002 family applications installed by using their own installation executable require the Office XP Application VLK.
5 Office 2000 Service Release 1 and Microsoft Project 2000 Service Release 1 require the VLK only when installed or duplicated from Microsoft Worldwide Fulfillment (WWF) media CDs. Select CDs are unaffected.
6 VLKs for Office 2000 Service Release 1 and Microsoft Project 2000 Service Release 1 are required only when used with the following languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Traditional Chinese in one of the following countries or regions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, New Zealand, China, and the United States.
7 See footnote 3.
8 See footnote 4.

Note Volume Licensing agreements cover only Windows client upgrade licenses, not the full Windows client operating system. Customers must have a qualifying underlying operating system license before Volume License software can be installed.



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