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error code 0x8007007B when activating windows 8 Ent

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  • I get an error message saying "Windows can't activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007007B
    Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:35 PM

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  • I had the same issue and found this fix on a blog:

    I came across the following error message when activating Windows 8 Enterprise x64 RTM en-gb, downloaded from MSDN:

    “Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    The Solution

    Using the key provided to you (MSDN etc.) you will need to run the following in an elevated command prompt
    if you are new to Windows 8, click Start –> type “cmd” –> right-click on a command prompt and select “Run as administrator” in the bottom of the page:

    Next type the following commands:

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

    slmgr.vbs /ato

    The first command will update the key.

    The second command will activate Windows.

    Replace the "XXXX" bits with your Windows 8 Key (you do need to enter the dashes and you don't need to surround it with double quotes).

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Friday, August 17, 2012 9:48 PM

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  • When I installed Win 8 Enterprise last night it never asked for a product key.  so when I tried to activate it was using the wrong product key.  Unlike win 7 there doesn't seem to be anywhere in the user interface to change the key before activation.  I eventually found this blog post that describes how to do it from a command line.  Here's the article I used:

    http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2012/08/how-to-change-windows-8-product-key-to-complete-activation/

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server
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    Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:37 PM
  • The most helpful piece of advice I got was just type in slui 3 in the start screen and enter the TechNet product key. 
    • Proposed as answer by graphtech Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:06 PM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 12:44 AM
  • I had an issue when I downloaded the Enterprise version, but I am not sure what the error code was. I had to do the following:

    • open CMD as admin
    • type slmgr /upk
    • then type slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    • Proposed as answer by craigz2 Friday, August 17, 2012 12:40 PM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 11:41 AM
  • My Windows 8 Enterprise did ask for a Product Key During Install, but I getting the same error:

    "Windows couldn't be activated right now."

    Error Code: 0x8007007B, The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    Could it be the Windows 8 Activation System is not ready for activation ?


    Cool


    • Edited by Dati Friday, August 17, 2012 9:36 PM
    • Proposed as answer by EsbornMwangi Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:28 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by EsbornMwangi Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:28 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Alireza Ra Friday, November 22, 2013 11:19 PM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 9:31 PM
  • Thanks Frank, I've got it working with your above code.

    I just substitute the correct serial number again, because the serial showing in

    "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center\Windows Activation"

    different from what I was entered.


    Cool

    Friday, August 17, 2012 9:42 PM
  • I had the same issue and found this fix on a blog:

    I came across the following error message when activating Windows 8 Enterprise x64 RTM en-gb, downloaded from MSDN:

    “Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    The Solution

    Using the key provided to you (MSDN etc.) you will need to run the following in an elevated command prompt
    if you are new to Windows 8, click Start –> type “cmd” –> right-click on a command prompt and select “Run as administrator” in the bottom of the page:

    Next type the following commands:

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

    slmgr.vbs /ato

    The first command will update the key.

    The second command will activate Windows.

    Replace the "XXXX" bits with your Windows 8 Key (you do need to enter the dashes and you don't need to surround it with double quotes).

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Friday, August 17, 2012 9:48 PM
  • Glad it worked. The code I use first uninstalls the key because it was the wrong key installed and the second installs the new one. I didn't need to run slmgr /ato because it already activated.

    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Friday, August 17, 2012 11:13 PM
  • Frank,

    Interestingly on my machine it was showing there was an existing key (it showed the last 5 characters of a different key to the MSDN one I wanted to use). I didn't run the command with the /upk switch (I was following the piece on the blog as not familiar with this command previously) and it did change the key and activate it.  The question that raises is that changing the key maybe doesn't require you to remove the old one first?  I am saying that as a question based on my experience not from me knowing whether that is right or wrong? I would be interested to know what you think about that?

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    • Proposed as answer by Atticus Thinks Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:00 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Atticus Thinks Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:00 AM
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 1:16 AM
  • I did notice the "wrong key" installed which is the reason I ran the command to uninstall it first. I never tried to run it with just the install command just because of that reason. I am not surprised it worked though. Thanks for the information.

    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Saturday, August 18, 2012 1:22 AM
  • It works, Than you
    Monday, August 20, 2012 10:13 PM
  • Khalil,

    Glad to hear it did the trick!

    All the best,

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Monday, August 20, 2012 10:15 PM
  • Столкнулся с той же проблемой при активации windows 8  

    Запуск командной строки от имени администратора и выполнение:

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

    slmgr.vbs /ato

    где XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX ключ активации windows

    действительно помогло.

    Saturday, September 01, 2012 9:53 AM
  • Worked perfectly for my Windows 8 Enterprise x64 edition. Thank you for the help. Much appreciated.
    Monday, September 10, 2012 8:36 PM
  • This worked flawlessly for me as well.  Thanks for passing this along!

    Regards,

    Shawn

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:00 PM
  • Thanks for the tip!   It worked great and saved me a bunch of time and trouble.
    Monday, October 01, 2012 12:23 PM
  • Thanks for the tip guys. it worked for me too
    Friday, October 12, 2012 12:55 AM
  • first command was successfully 

    the second give me the same message  error code 0x8007007B

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 2:13 AM
  • first command was successfully 

    the second give me the same message  error code 0x8007007B


    the same story
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 5:07 PM
  • You got it. I had the same problem (Error Code 0x8007007B)

    slmgr /upk

    (uninstall product code)

    slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

    (install product code) I got messages to that effect seconds after entering the commands.

    I don't think it maters if it is the 32bit or 64bit My system has the x86 version.

    Thanks

    theborg1of3




    • Proposed as answer by Theborg1of3 Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:58 PM
    • Edited by Theborg1of3 Thursday, November 01, 2012 8:15 PM
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:58 PM
  • Dear Siv-

    Thank you! Thank you! from the bottom of my heart.  I am not a computer guru by any stretch of the word, however, I was able to follow this to the letter and it worked!

    You are my new hero.

    marna

    Saturday, November 03, 2012 12:35 AM
  • Dear Siv-

    Thank you! Thank you! from the bottom of my heart.  I am not a computer guru by any stretch of the word, however, I was able to follow this to the letter and it worked!

    You are my new hero.

    marna

    Marna,

    I am glad the procedure worked for you.

    All the best,

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Saturday, November 03, 2012 8:16 AM
  • worked like charm.
    Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:37 PM
  • WOA, Tks !
    Friday, November 23, 2012 4:15 AM
  • Thanks Siv It works :-)

    • Proposed as answer by REX-G Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:41 AM
    Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:41 AM
  • My Windows 8 Enterprise did ask for a Product Key During Install, but I getting the same error:

    "Windows couldn't be activated right now."

    Error Code: 0x8007007B, The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    Could it be the Windows 8 Activation System is not ready for activation ?


    Cool


    my pc also getting the same error as told above.... please give some useful answer.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:29 AM
  • Hi

    thanks it worked, and It works on windows 8 pro also

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:14 AM
  • Had the same problem. using SLMGR in elevated mode worked fine.

    Thanks

    Wednesday, January 02, 2013 6:53 PM
  • Thank you Very much its activated
    Wednesday, January 09, 2013 6:48 AM
  • Worked great. Thanks Siv. Seems Enterprise comes pre serialized with some number, since I was never prompted for it. Substituting with the actual license key using ipk made the trick. It then activated fine the normal way.

    Geir :)

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:59 AM
  • after that windows script host still says Error 0x8007007B
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 1:15 AM
  •   What windows script?

     If you mean slmgr, it is not a script. It is a command line utility. If you used that, when and where did you get the error message.


    Bill

    Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:33 AM
  • this solved my problem. where do I "Mark as Answer"
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:20 PM
  • Mats,

    Don't worry, my original post is marked as an answer here as it appears in Green (assuming you are viewing it from social.technet.microsoft.com) but thanks for letting me/everyone know it worked for you too as it helps others to know that it has worked for people like you and I.

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
  • Thanks, didn't work but I combined slmgr /upk with Start > slui > Enter product key and that worked!
    Saturday, June 01, 2013 6:38 PM
  • Thanks Paul :) I build a test Windows 8 box and installed tons of programs and drives with the goal of testing an upgrade to 8.1... This error was driving me nuts!... See you in the SharePoint World.

    Kris Wagner, MVP, MCITP, MCTS Twitter @sharepointkris Blog: http://www.sharepointkris.com/blog

    Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:43 PM
  • first command worked well but the second shows same error

    can u help me

    Friday, July 19, 2013 3:38 PM
  • first command worked well but the second shows same error

    can u help me

    vamsipatcha,

    You may need to give us a bit more detail.  Which commands did you run and what were the error messages that you got as a result.  With that I may be able to figure out what caused the problem.


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Friday, July 19, 2013 7:54 PM
  • first command worked well but the second shows same error

    can u help me

    vamsipatcha,

    You may need to give us a bit more detail.  Which commands did you run and what were the error messages that you got as a result.  With that I may be able to figure out what caused the problem.


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    I have this issue as well, and when I run cmd as admin and type in the first command (slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) with my product key, the systems tells me that the product key was updated. But when I enter the slmgr /ato command, I get the 0x8007007B error again - stating that the syntax in the file name, directory or disk name is wrong. When I try to activate it with slui 3, it tells me that the product key is working and to proceed, when I enter it. But when clicking activate, I get the same error again.

    I have been away on a business trip for 22 days and my Lenovo U510 only started this error, when I returned home. My laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I hope someone can tell me how to solve this annoying bug.



    • Edited by Bjerreskov Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:22 AM type error
    Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:23 PM
  • You might want to check out this page on TechNet.  It may help you identify what is wrong:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793433.aspx

    Particularly have a look at this section:

    "

    /ato [Activation ID]

    For retail editions and volume systems with a KMS host key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) installed, /ato prompts Windows to attempt online activation.

    For systems with a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) installed, this prompts an attempt at KMS activation. Systems that have been set to suspend automatic KMS activation attempts (/stao) still attempt KMS activation when /ato is run.

    The parameter [Activation ID] expands /ato support to identify a Windows edition installed on the computer. Specifying the [Activation ID] parameter isolates the effects of the option to the edition associated with that Activation ID. Run Slmgr.vbs /dlv all to get the Activation IDs for the installed version of Windows. If you need to support other applications, see the guidance provided by that application for further instruction.

    KMS activation does not require elevated privileges. However, online activation does require elevation, or the Standard User Operations registry value must be set to allow unprivileged users extra access to the Software Protection Service.

    As long as you're running with Admin privileges and you are sure you have got the 5 sets of 5 digits 100% correct in the previous step then it should work.

    Siv


    Graham Sivill - Martley, Worcester. UK

    Sunday, July 28, 2013 11:46 PM
  • thanks so much :)

    Friday, August 16, 2013 9:51 AM
  • Yeah!! it works

    exchange server 2007

    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:26 PM
  • this works for me. Win 8 Ent.

    using elevated command prompt, run the below commands:

    slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXX.XXXX.........

    slmgr.vbs /ato

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:43 AM
  • still getting this error

    Friday, November 08, 2013 7:14 AM
  • Try this one to change the product key without first activating Windows. Use one of the following methods:

    Method 1

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
    2. In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
    3. Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
    4. Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.

    Method 2

    Run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
    Cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <var><Your product key></var>
    Note You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product key on multiple computers.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:44 PM
  • This helped perfectly for my needs.

    Thanks!

    Monday, November 25, 2013 5:48 PM
  • Thank you for the help, it was very useful!
    Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:34 PM
  • 

    after typing slmgr.vbs /ato I'm still getting error code and the file name , directory name, or volume label is incorrect. (SWbemObjextEx) this message. please help. 

    Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:19 AM