Blog

Windows 8 Logo

Windows 8 Activation Process

For anyone whose Windows 8 OEM or MSDN installation fails to activate with a “DNS does not exist” error, you can solve the problem fairly easily by retriggering Microsoft’s activation process by doing the following:

  1. From the Start screen, press Win+R to get to the traditional desktop and bring up the run dialog.
  2. Type cmd and press enter.
  3. Once running, right-click the taskbar icon and select “Pin this program to taskbar.”
  4. Once pinned, right-click the icon again, and then right-click the “Command Prompt” menu item, and select “Run as administrator” from that menu.
  5. Exit, and re-run the command prompt from the taskbar.
  6. At the command prompt, type: slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX where the X’s represent your product key. Just reuse your original key. You’ll get a notice that the key has been applied.
  7. Clear the dialog, then type: slmgr.vbs -ato. You should now get a notice that Windows has properly activated, and everything should be working as expected.

About the Author

SteveI am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a friend, and a professional. Many men have a tendency to define themselves by what they do, and I don’t think I’m much different. I am a husband, because I do what a husband does; a father, because I do what a father does; a son, brother, and friend because I do what needs to be done for those roles.View all posts by Steve →

Leave a Reply

If you are interested in business development work, project management, or web design and development, please contact me with any questions or to request an assessment of your small business or startup.

Login