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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Windows 8 activation !!!!!

As windows 8 is RTM , I decided to download a copy from my TechNet subscription to install it on my notebook .

After successful download and installation – without any request for product key insertion !! , I went to system properties to set product key / activate my OS .

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Unfortunately I found no way to install my key ! . When I tried to do activation , I got the following error :

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I tried all possible GUI ways of activation but all was unsuccessful ! . With more investigation I noticed that my Windows 8 installation seems to have a pre installed key ( maybe a default one for installation ) , see below :

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At this stage , I figured that the issue is to replace this temporary key with mine , which can be accomplished the same way I was using earlier to implement KMS keys ( Using Slmgr.vbs ) , so I executed the following command at an elevated command line ( Where “XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX” is my Windows 8 Enterprise product key ) :

slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Once this command was executed , product key success of installation popup appeared I went to activate my Windows 8 copy and finally it was successfully activated .

Alternatively , you can execute the following command to perform activation ( post product key installation )

slmgr.vbs /ato

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Hope that Microsoft to provide with an easier way to do product key change / activation with Windows 8 .