Activating Windows 8 Enterprise Fails

I installed Windows 8 Enterprise (RTM) on my Build slate PC last night and I noticed in PC Settings that the sucker would fail to activate:

"Windows can’t activate right now." Error Code: 0x8007232B

It appears that the Enterprise edition defaults to searching for a KMS to activate on, as you’d expect in an enterprise network.  I mentioned it to one of the guys in work and he just posted me the fix from the TechNet Forums:

  1. Search for CMD
  2. Run it as administrator (elevated command prompt)
  3. Run slmgr.vbs –ipk <YOUR_PRODUCT_KEY>, e.g slmgr.vbs –ipk ABCDE-12345-ABCDE-12345-ABCDE

And Bob’s your Uncle!

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6 Comments on Activating Windows 8 Enterprise Fails

  1. Hi,

    I got the message “invalid combination of parameters”. It has to be /ipk instead of -ipk. But the information above helped me a lot, thanks!

  2. I’m really surprised that I can’t download Windows 8 Pro via TechNet Plus – has anyone figured out how to Win8 Pro yet?

  3. You can Also use upk and then win8 Will ask for a key when activating.

  4. Scott Newbury // August 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM // Reply

    Awesome, thanks so much!!

  5. don’t forget to; slmger.vbs /ato after

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