Apparently not only Windows Vista Ultimate can be activated with KMS server, Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium activation can also be cracked with the same KMS server hack. The trick is still the same, that is by replacing the two original files related to licensing and activation tokens.dat and pkeyconfig.xrm-ms with the one from Windows Vista Business edition, and thus effectively convert or turn the edition of Windows Vista installed to Business edition with its corresponding product key which can be activated with a KMS host.

A cracker from anti Windows Product Activation (WPA) forum has successfully activate Windows Vista Home Basic by patching the system with frankenbuild crack method and subsequently activate it against a KMS server (you can activate against “public” KMS server, self-build KMS host or KMS local activation server VMware VM image, mini KMS virtual machine image). Why on earth he installed Home Basic edition instead of Vista Ultimate when both same can be cracked is out of comprehend.

Vista Home Basic KMS
Windows Script Host showing query result about Windows Vista activation status by slmgr -dlv command after activating with KMS with frankenbuild crack.

KMS activated Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Basic activated with KMS still showing as Home Basic edition in System Properties and allowing option to upgrade to higher version.

Thus, the KMS host can be used to activate all editions of Windows Vista, including Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate, provided you have patched the system by replacing the original tokens.dat (in \Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing directory) and pkeyconfig.xrm-ms (in \Windows\System32\Licensing\pkeyconfig folder) by using the similar files that used for activating a frankenbuild system. For guide, visit step-by-step tutorial on how to crack Vista Ultimate.

However, it’s unclear which features will you get in Vista Home Basic and Home Premium that are activated with Business edition KMS product key, as in Vista Ultimate, the features will be restricted to those available for Business edition. If the functionalities and features are restricted to Business edition, it’s indirectly upgrade your cheaper Vista edition.

Note: Frankenbuild Vista can be caught by Microsoft, remember to avoid KB929391 Windows Update hotfix.

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