Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, even more now that I'm working with the RTM version that was released on August 16th, 2012. This is the first of a new, fresh serie of articles, based on the RTM version with buildnumber 9200. Read, enjoy, and start loving this end-user operatingsystem, just like I do already. 

Now in this article I would like to share with you the way to activate your Windows 8 Enterprise version with a genuine key, and activate it, after the installation. By default this product is not activated, as it is looking for a KMS (Key-Management-Server) and ofcours, that server cannot be discovered. Probally your installing it privately. No worries. It seems that the old, very old way to activate windows is still active in this version.

How to activate youre Windows 8 Enterprise installation afterwards:

When clicking on the settings to active the product in the "New GUI" ( formally know as "Metro View") an error occurs. When you do the same thing through the classic view, the error will show you the reason that no KMS server could be found. There is also no entry available to type in a new key manually in the system properties. Now, to insert your key and activate it, just follow these easy 3 steps.

  • Open/launch a "Command Prompt" with administrator/administrative privileges.
    (Easiest from the classic view)
  • Type in the following text: "slmgr.vbs -ipk <your-productkey-with-minus-sign>" and hit Enter.
    (This puts the productkey in your operating system)

    Windows 8 - Insert and activate product key picture 1

  • Now you type "slmgr.vbs -ato" and hit Enter.
    (This activates your installation)

    Windows 8 - Insert and activate product key picture 2

Now,.. your activation problem is solved. Start working with Windows 8 ! And remember,...
more to come in the next couple af days!

Hopes this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am! 

Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Engineer for large company in the Netherlands specialized in System Center and Messaging Solutions, ad-hoc solutions and work-arounds for major issue's.

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