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How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8

by on Nov.27, 2012, under MS Windows, MS Windows 8

Open an Elevated Command Prompt from File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer), and navigate to the file below. (see screenshot below)
C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe
2. Right click or press and hold on cmd.exe, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)
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Activating volume licence Windows 8 from the GUI

by on Nov.27, 2012, under MS Windows, MS Windows 8

Windows 8 activation error: Code 0x8007232b

You can do that from the GUI too!

Earlier I posted about the command line tricks required to activate Windows 8 installed from a volume licence media, because it seemed that the Change product key window is missing from the new OS (this was the case of the Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b. DNS Name does not exist – just for the search engines).

Well, the window is there, but you need a new way to display it. Here is the magic word you can enter into a Run dialog:

slui 3

Yes, seriously:

win8-activation-run

And here comes the well-known Enter product key to activate Windows dialog:

win8-activation-enter-product-key

Could someone bring back the button to the Computer properties window, please?

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Windows 8 activation error: Code 0x8007232b

by on Nov.27, 2012, under MS Windows, MS Windows 8

If you installed Windows 8 from a volume licence media, you will probably see the following error message when you try to activate Windows:

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b
DNS Name does not exist

The solution, just like earlier with Windows Server 2008, is to enter a valid product key, that was not requested during installation.

Unfortunately, this new version of Windows does not provide the Change product key option in the Computer properties window, so you will need an elevated Command Prompt:

slmgr.vbs –ipk "ENTER-YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-HERE"

That’s all, now you can activate Windows without any error (hopefully).

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