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Windows 8 RTM - Enterprise Activation

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  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

    Anyone one else having problems activating.

    Also, I can't see anywhere where I can change the key to the one I have claimed.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:06 PM

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  • Got it too!  Would really like this fixed.
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:28 PM
  • I have tried it on 3 systems now and they are all the same. No way to put in my product key or change the key.
    • Proposed as answer by Nemamopojma Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:24 AM
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:37 PM
  • Run an elevated CMD window and execute slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY". Now you can use the activation wizard found in the control panel.
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:49 PM
  • That worked for me thanks.
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:04 PM
  • Thank you :-)
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:52 PM
  • Wondering why is this necessary?  I had to do it as well, and thank you for posting the answer, but want to know why there was a key already installed but could not activate and found no way to enter a new key.  Wondering why Microsoft did this on the TechNet version...

    James

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:35 PM
  • Probably defaults to a KMS key, and is looking for a KMS server, which there is not one on the internet.

    Pretty standard for MS Enterprise OS clients.  Odd to not ask for one at all, or let you change it through control panel app pre-activation.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:25 AM
  • Run an elevated CMD window and execute slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY". Now you can use the activation wizard found in the control panel.

    Good call. Same commands from back in the day when Win 7 and 08 R2 came out and we had to learn how to build KMS server.

    What also works, if you would prefer to see the pretty GUI, use the -upk switch (uninstall product key) then go back to the GUI activator. It will prompt you to enter a new product key.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:26 AM
  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

    Anyone one else having problems activating.

    Also, I can't see anywhere where I can change the key to the one I have claimed.

    Update: You can also open a CMD prompt and type:

    • Slui 3 {Change product key}
    • Slui 4 {Activate by phone}

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:36 PM
  • Hi Bob, that slui command is slick.  Thanks for that!

    Dave Franklyn MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro, MCDST, MCTS¹¹, MCSA², MCDBA, MCSE³, MCITP 6, MCT, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, Network+, Security+, Server+ Senior Information Technology Trainer Advanced Training Group, Continuing Education Auburn University Montgomery

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:06 PM
  • This worked for me but is the watermark permanent?
    Thursday, August 16, 2012 6:50 PM
  • Hello

    DO not use UPK, you can put your machine in a bad state, and there is no reason to use it.  It's completely un-needed for this scenario.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:19 PM
  • Run an elevated CMD window and execute slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY". Now you can use the activation wizard found in the control panel.
    Thank you very much. it worked :)
    Friday, August 17, 2012 3:32 PM
  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

    Anyone one else having problems activating.

    Also, I can't see anywhere where I can change the key to the one I have claimed.

    Update: You can also open a CMD prompt and type:

    • Slui 3 {Change product key}
    • Slui 4 {Activate by phone}

    Thank you, I called MS as well as ran the VB script and neither worked.

    This solution did however.


    • Edited by jbman1975 Friday, August 17, 2012 9:55 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Nemamopojma Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:52 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Nemamopojma Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:52 AM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 9:54 PM
  • Yep, "slui 3" ftw!

    Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:31 AM
  • Run an elevated CMD window and execute slmgr.vbs -ipk "YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY". Now you can use the activation wizard found in the control panel.
    Awesome. Thank you!
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 2:29 PM
  • I have found this to be the same on the Volume Licensing Professional version as well. Maybe Microsoft needs to make build 9201. LOL

    "Slui 3" is my new favorite friend!

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:17 PM
  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

    *** Easiest way to Activate Windows 8 ***

    Perform the steps mentioned below to activate.

    a: Right Click at the bottom left of the screen and select  Run.
    b: Now type "Slui 3" in the Run dialog box and hit enter.
    c: Enter your new key. (If valid you get: "Your product key works!")
    d: Click <Activate>

    That's it, quick and simple. (If not totally silly that we have to do it this way.)

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:24 PM
  •   You have to buy the product to get a product key.

    Bill


    • Edited by Bill Grant Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:30 AM typo
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:30 AM
    • Proposed as answer by linvỉ Monday, November 19, 2012 8:32 PM
    Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:23 AM
  • how do i get my key from msdn was helpful just wouldnt use key i used

    thanks

    Saturday, September 01, 2012 6:12 PM
  • For me didn't worked ... I typed that and says: Error 0xC004E016 On a computer running windows non-core edition, run: "smthn", I run it and says on details: code 0xC004E016 Description The software licesing service reported that product key is invalid.

    Actually I downloaded an evaluation 90 day edition to test. WTF !

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:47 AM
  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

    Anyone one else having problems activating.

    Also, I can't see anywhere where I can change the key to the one I have claimed.

    Update: You can also open a CMD prompt and type:

    • Slui 3 {Change product key}
    • Slui 4 {Activate by phone}


    I had this problem each time I tried to set up Windows 8.  It did however say it could not find a KMS server.  The slmgr.vbs did not work for me, however Slui 3 did allow me to enter my product key and activate successfuly.
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 5:42 PM
  • Yeah this was the answer for me, I did a quick blog post for the visual learners - http://danblee.com/windows-cant-activate-right-now-error-message-when-trying-to-activate-windows-8/
    • Proposed as answer by Dan B. Lee Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:14 PM
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:40 PM
  • That's brilliant! Thanks a lot!
    Monday, November 05, 2012 6:53 PM
  • Thanks this worked for me - and I was refered here by http://bit.ly/SHinEq

    WINDOWS 8 FORUMS


    Boikanyo, IT Systems Administrator

    Friday, November 09, 2012 8:10 AM
  • Windows key + R

    type "slui 3" (a nice window will appear asking for your key)

    type "<your key>"

    It'll validate the key, then ask you to validate. When it is done it will tell you so.

    I got this from another forum. This is the second time I have had to do this tonight due to a Hyper-V, Gigabyte Motherboard (GA-EX58-UD3R Rev. 1.0, BIOS F11) problem where Windows 8 keeps hanging after I enable Hyper-V on reboot. I have to hard reset, the boot sector gets clobbered, then I have to restore to the "System Restore Point" I set up (I am learning :-P).

    (^^^ UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 29th IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 2012: Answer: Buy a 3rd Generation Core i7 computer/motherboard and, as Tony Soprano would say, FUGGEDDABOUDIT!)

    If anybody has THAT answer please direct me to the proper authority. I am going to try this again now that it is activated to see if THAT is the cause. (probably not, but what the heck...)

    Cheers!

    HAL_2010 ("Dave? Take a stress pill and think this over..." - 2001 A Space Odyssey, 1968)


    • Edited by HAL_2010 Friday, November 30, 2012 3:23 AM
    Sunday, November 25, 2012 7:29 AM
  • thanks, it WORKS FOR ME...DEEPAK SINGH KUSHWAHA
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 5:55 AM
  •  I tried it and i get an error massage saying "Error:0*c004f025 Acceess dinied the requested action requires elevated privileges"      i cant active window (please help)
    Saturday, July 06, 2013 10:22 PM
  •  I tried it and i get an error massage saying "Error:0*c004f025 Acceess dinied the requested action requires elevated privileges"      i cant active window (please help)
    Instead, you may try this:

    Windows key + R

    type "slui 3" <press enter>(a nice window will appear asking for your key)

    type "<your key>" <press enter>

    It'll validate the key, then ask you to activate. When it is done it will tell you so.


    Don
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    • Edited by DonPick Sunday, July 07, 2013 12:40 AM clarity
    Sunday, July 07, 2013 12:39 AM