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How To Fix Windows 8 Activation Error Code 8007232B Or 8007007B?

Here is the reason why you get these Windows activation error codes and see how easier for IT Pro (who use Enterprise edition) to fix it in no time.

With reference to KB929826 and the output of slmgr.vbs /dli, I strongly believe the Windows 8 Enterprise RTM build 9200 ISO image released to MSDN, TechNet, Microsoft Partners, etc, is a volume-licensed media. This installer of this media uses a generic product key during setup (thus there is no prompt for entering product key) and the activation wizard by default looking forward to connect with a Key Management Service (KMS) server for Windows activation.
If there is no valid KMS server found, the wizard eventually fails with either error code 0x8007232B (DNS Name does not exist) or 0x8007007B (The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect).

Apparently, to fix this problem you require a valid KMS server and configure activation wizard to reach it (c.f. KB929826 URL given at above for how to do this in detail) or replace the generic product key with a valid Multiple Activation Key (MAK) comes with your subscriptions (MSDN / TechNet) or privileged groups (Microsoft Software Assurance / Microsoft Partner / etc).

Unlike Windows 7 Enterprise, the Windows 8 Enterprise RTM build 9200 doesn’t provide function to change product key in its easy-reach Windows Activation GUI. You can, however, bring up another GUI to enter new product key and activate it by executing slui 3 in Windows Command Prompt (remember to close all opened activation windows before running “slui 3″).

Uses slui 3 command to access hidden interface of Windows Activation GUI for changing Windows 8 product key.

Alternatively, run these two commands in an elevated Command Prompt window:
slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
slmgr.vbs -ato

Where -ipk is to install the new product key (thus override the generic key) and -ato is to activate Windows.

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  1. seb 07-09-12@17:50

    works like a charm,
    thank you! :)

  2. Bryan Ellis 09-10-12@02:07

    THANK YOU!!! Worked great.

  3. TG 31-10-12@04:33

    Thanks! Worked perfectly!

  4. marc 28-11-12@15:31

    Thanks a lot for the help!

  5. Laurent 07-12-12@19:37

    Man, you’re the One !!!
    Sharp, effective and usefull intel!
    Thanks for that!
    Laurent

  6. erlend 30-12-12@02:52

    Not working for me.

  7. Matthias Buchner 30-12-12@23:49

    Nice and easy:) Thanks.

  8. PascalLX 09-01-13@16:57

    YES, it is the way. Thanks a lot!

  9. swapnil 10-03-13@00:39

    thanks, awesome :)

  10. ruspep 06-07-13@18:12

    “executing slui 3 in Windows Command Prompt”
    Does work! Thank you!

  11. ms 20-09-13@00:13

    Thanks indeed slui 3 did the trick.

  12. RTP 05-09-14@23:45

    this is wonder full….thanks

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