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Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office Activation and Office 365


Microsoft Operating Systems and Software

There are several licensed Microsoft Products avaliable for METU campus including operating systems, office applications and development tools. These licensed software of Microsoft are listed below:

  • Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (2000/ XP/ Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8) 
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Frontpage
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • SharePoint Designer
  • Microsoft Project

We recommend our users to download software from our ftp site using the addresses:



Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems are available in Turkish and English languages with 32 and 64 bit versions. Installation DVD's can be created by downloading appropiate DVD .iso files from https://ftp.cc.metu.edu.tr/OperatingSystems and burning them into a blank DVD ROM. 

To burn the .iso files into a DVD, img_burn.exe may be downloaded and installed. 

Windows 7 and 8 Automatic Activation:

There is no product key or serial for Windows activations in METU. After Windows 7 or 8 installation, computers connected to METU Campus network with appropriate network configuration will be activated automatically in three days without any user interventionOnly requirement is to set DNS Search Suffix as metu.edu.tr in Advanced TCP/IP settings for Local Area Connection and/or Wireless Connection. Instead of manually configuring network settings, you can download this batch file (metu_dns.bat), select it, right click and select the "Run as administrator" ("Yönetici olarak çalıştır") option to run it: metu_dns.bat (A system restart may be required after running this file)

After this setting is done, if immediately completing the activation  is preferred, go to Control Panel --> System and Security --> System and click Activate Windows Now  in the lower Windows  Activation section. Then click the first option: Activate Onlinein the next window. Windows will be activated within a few minutes.

For Additional Information on Windows and Office Activation:

Windows 7, Windows 8 ve Office Etkinleştirme (temporarily only in Turkish)

Notes: Windows should be connected to campus network (at least for once) and be validated by the activation server within 30 days after installation. After that, the Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer can be used outside METU campus or used without any internet/network connection for six months. After first activation is completed and activation server is set for once, system will renew its activation automatically within each six months.  

For manual activation Command prompt window should be opened in "administrator mode"For this; selecting Start -> All Programs -> Accessories menus and right clicking on the icon of application "Command Prompt" and clicking "Run as administrator" is required.

As an alternative way; cmd.exe can be located in system32 folder at C:\Windows\System32 and then can be run in  "Run as administrator" mode by right clicking the cmd.exe file and selecting "Run as administrator".

The following command should be entered after the command line window, ("Command Prompt" black screen) appears:

slmgr /skms kms.cc.metu.edu.tr:1688

After hitting return key, the dialog window telling that command has been processed should be closed by clicking "OK". Then 

slmgr -ato

command should be entered. It may last for 20 seconds  to a dialog window saying that Windows is activated successfully.  

Windows 7, 8 activation problems: 

1- Please check the date and time of  Windows 7 and after correcting them repeat the activation process in case of any inaccuracy. 

2- Install all the critical Windows updates and then repeat the activation process.  

3- After activating Windows successfully, some error messages like, "This copy of Windows is not genuine" or "Activation Required" may be received (usually after a few months). In this case steps and commands above should be repeated. During the execution of these commands any third-party firewall and security software should be disabled. For the automatic extension of 6 months activation period by the operating system, third party firewall and security software should be configured to allow traffic from the port 1688.

4- In some rare cases "bios update" may also be a remedy for activation problem.

Other Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

In the ftp.cc site, ISO images of the DVD and CD's of most of Microsoft software including the following operating systems, are available at https://ftp.cc.metu.edu.tr/OperatingSystems/

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP English
  • Windows XP Turkish
  • Updated Windows XP English (Güncel)
  • Updated Windows XP Turkish (Güncel)
  • Windows XP 64 bit English

Due to the license agreements, this site is accessible to METU personnel only.

Microsoft Imagine ( Microsoft Dreamspark )

Microsoft Corporation has a program called Microsoft Imagine ( named Dreamspark previously ) by which several MS development software are made available for university students for free, including METU. For more information about the program please see  https://imagine.microsoft.com/en-us/catalog .

METU students who will prefer to use Microsoft Imagine program to download software, can click the link, provide a Windows Live id and password (usually MSN messenger or Hotmail e-mail accounts work for this) and their METU e-mail addresses to verify that they are METU students. After verification they will be able to download from Microsoft Imagine portal.

Office 365 for Education

Microsoft's Office 365 Education Service is now available for students.The priced version of Office 365 is not among the licensed software of METU computer center. In this free version of the service, there is no need for any installation, the functions of creating, viewing, saving etc. are realised in the office online and onedrive storage space. Active full-time or part-time students  who have a legitimate email address with .edu extension (for example, xxx@metu.edu.tr) can use the service for free. Please refer to https://products.office.com/en-US/student/office-in-education for detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Software

  • I have a product activation problem with Office 2010 Professional Plus:

(Note: Office Software in Turkish can check spelling both in English and Turkish by default)

You can ask related questions to the e-mail address hotlinemetu.edu.tr