Bypassing KMS activation on Windows 7/Vista in View Composer

There used to be a VMware KB article that described how to bypass license activation for MAK copies of Windows (KB 1026556), it was updated and now doesn’t include how to do bypass – instead it says contact support.  Of coarse use of MAK licenses are not supported, but in testing there are two registry keys that will allow you to move forward.  So, here they are, but use at your own risk!

To enable QuickPrep to activate licenses for MAK clients:
In the guest operating system on the parent virtual machine, start the Windows Registry Editor and navigate to this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmware-viewcomposer-ga

Navigate to the AllowActivateMAKLicense registry value. The default value is 0.
Set the value to 1.

To bypass license activation by QuickPrep:
In the guest operating system on the parent virtual machine, start the Windows Registry Editor and navigate to this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmware-viewcomposer-ga

Navigate to the SkipLicenseActivation registry value. The default value is 0.
Set the value to 1.

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