How to Fix Windows 8 Activation Error 0x8007007b or 0x8007232b

Last updated on February 13th, 2014

If you get the activation error 0x8007007b” or “0x8007232b” when you try to activate your Windows 8, then probably you use a generic Windows 8 product key during installation and the activation wizard cannot find a valid  KMS (Key Management Server) to activate your copy. 

This tutorial is written to help users to bypass the “Windows Activation Error Code: 0x8007232b or 0x8007007B” and activate their Windows 8 without errors. The only requirement to bypass this error is to own a valid Windows 8 product key at your disposal and change (or Re-Enter it) at your current Windows 8 installation.

The full Windows 8 Activation Error Code 0x8007007B & 0x8007232B messages are:

Windows Activation Error Code: 0x8007007B

“Windows couldn’t be activated

Go to Control Panel to learn other ways to activate.

Error code: 0x8007007B

Error description: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

Windows Activation Error Code: 0x8007232B

“Windows couldn’t be activated

Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name system (DNS), please have your system adminstrator verify that a KMS is published correctly in DNS.

Error code: 0x8007232B

Error Description: DNS name does not exist.”

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How to Fix Windows 8 Activation Error 0x8007232B or 0x8007007B.

Method 1: Change the Windows 8 Product key using GUI & Activate Windows 8.

How to change (re-Enter) the Windows 8 Product key using GUI.

1. Close all open programs.

2. Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner and from the pop-up menu, choose "Run”.

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3. Inside the “Run” command box type: slui 3 & press “OK

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4. Type your valid product key and then press “Activate”.

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5. Wait until your Windows 8 copy is successfully activated.

 

Method 2: Change the Windows 8 Product key using Command Prompt & Activate Windows 8.

How to change (re-Enter) the Windows 8 Product key using Command Prompt.

1. Close all open programs.

2. Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner and from the pop-up menu, choose "Command Prompt (Admin).”

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3. Press “Yes” to UAC warning if asked.

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4a. Inside command prompt window type the following command and press “Enter

  • slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx               

(Where “xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx” is your own valid product key)

4b.  Now it’s time to activate Windows 8. Type the following command and press “Enter

  • slmgr.vbs /ato

5. Wait until your Windows 8 copy is successfully activated.

That’s it!

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