KMS Activation on Windows 2016 « Vmw.exe has stopped working »

After installing a new Windows Server 2016 with the KMS role, you will try to install your KMS host key:

Then the volume activation tools will try to install the product key

And you will get the following message:

Vmw.exe has stopped working

Well, this is a fresh installation with all available updates installed. You can try to run as administrator but the application will crash.

Fix

You must forget the GUI and use the command line tool to install product keys:

Next, you can activate the product keys:

And finally, you can check all the products:

 

 

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I work as a System Engineer, based in Switzerland with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 7 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSA: Windows Server 2012" and "Administering & Deploying SCCM" certified.