This section describes how to install and configure the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT).

Install the VAMT

VAMT 2.0 is available for download from the Microsoft® Download Center at Follow the instructions on the site for more detailed information.


If you are currently using VAMT 1.0 or 1.1, please note that the installer will prompt you to uninstall it before proceeding to install version 2.0.

VAMT requires local administrator privileges on all managed computers in order to deposit Confirmation IDs (CIDs), get the client products’ license status, and install product keys. If VAMT is being used to manage products and product keys on the local host computer and you do not have administrator privileges, start VAMT with "elevated privileges by right-clicking the Volume Activation Management Tool shortcut and choosing Run as administrator.

The VAMT Microsoft Management Console snap-in only ships in a 32-bit (x86) package. On a 64-bit (x64) system, the native MMC console will not be able to load the VAMT snap-in. You must start the 32-bit console on a 64-bit (x64-based) system in order to use VAMT.


If you use a computer information list created in VAMT versions 1.0 or 1.1, refresh the licensing status of any computers listed. If you don’t refresh status for these computers following the upgrade, VAMT will display grace period information as not available.

Uninstall the VAMT

There are two ways to uninstall VAMT 2.0: from the Programs and Features Control Panel or by running the installer again.

To uninstall VAMT from the Programs and Features Control Panel:

  1. Open the Control Panel and select Programs and Features.

  2. Select Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0 from the list of installed programs and click Uninstall.

  3. The User Access Control window appears. Click Allow for the uninstall operation to continue.

To uninstall VAMT via the installer:

  1. Start the VAMT installer (vamtMMC.msi) and select Next.

  2. Click the Remove button.

  3. Select Remove again on the next screen to finish the uninstall operation.