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activate

[′ak·tə‚vāt]
(electricity)
To make a cell or battery operative by addition of a liquid.
(electronics)
To treat the filament, cathode, or target of a vacuum tube to increase electron emission.
(engineering)
To set up conditions so that the object will function as designed or required.
(nucleonics)
To induce radioactivity through bombardment by neutrons or by other types of radiation.
(ordnance)
To bring into existence by official order a unit, post, camp, station, base, or shore activity which has previously been constituted and designated by name or number, or both, so that it can be organized to function in its assigned capacity.
To prepare for active service a naval ship or craft which has been in an inactive or reserve status.
(physics)
To start activity or motion in a device or material.

activate

(1) See trigger.

(2) To interact with an activation server at the time copy-protected software is installed. The install program generates a code that is sent to the activation server, which responds with an authorization code that allows the software to operate. Without the authorization code, the software generally times out.
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It also works indirectly through the Safe Activation server.
LicenseCard is typically used with the Safe Activation server to automate a secure activation process.
Real-time data can be exchanged to and from protected applications running on a customer computer, the Safe Activation server and vendor provided web services.
Runtime commands include license release, license restore, license reset, license suspend, remote enabling of features, field read and write, plus data send and receive through the activation server.
Protected applications support automated activation through an activation server running on the vendor's web site or through the Safe Activation service.
Another way to activate Enterprise — and the method used by copies downloaded from the MSDN and TechNet subscription services — is with MAK (Multiple Activation Key), which connects with Microsoft's own activation servers.
To Microsoft, the PC is no different from a functional OEM machine--and the "OEM machine," in turn, has no need to call back to Microsoft's activation servers for any kind of additional verification.

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