Install VAMT

This article describes how to install the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT).

Installing VAMT

You install VAMT as part of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10.


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. For best results when using Active Directory-based activation, we recommend running VAMT while logged on as a domain administrator.


The VAMT Microsoft Management Console snap-in ships as an x86 package.


Install SQL Server Express / alternatively use any full SQL instance

  1. Download and open the SQL Server Express package.

  2. Select Basic.

  3. Accept the license terms.

  4. Enter an install location or use the default path, and then select Install.

  5. On the completion page, note the instance name for your installation, select Close, and then select Yes.

    In this example, the instance name is SQLEXPRESS01.

Install VAMT using the ADK

  1. Download the latest version of Windows 10 ADK.

    If an older version is already installed, it's recommended to uninstall the older ADK and install the latest version. Existing VAMT data is maintained in the VAMT database.

  2. Enter an install location or use the default path, and then select Next.

  3. Select a privacy setting, and then select Next.

  4. Accept the license terms.

  5. On the Select the features you want to install page, select Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), and then select Install. If desired, you can select additional features to install as well.

  6. On the completion page, select Close.

Configure VAMT to connect to SQL Server Express or full SQL Server

  1. Open Volume Active Management Tool 3.1 from the Start menu.

  2. Enter the server instance name (for a remote SQL use the FQDN) and a name for the database, select Connect, and then select Yes to create the database. See the following image for an example for SQL.

    Server name is .\SQLEXPRESS and database name is VAMT.

    For remote SQL Server, use

Uninstall VAMT

To uninstall VAMT using the Programs and Features Control Panel:

  1. Open Control Panel and select Programs and Features.

  2. Select Assessment and Deployment Kit from the list of installed programs and select Change. Follow the instructions in the Windows ADK installer to remove VAMT.