Windows 8 Enterprise: Product Activation


Windows 8 is finally released and many customers has started to test the latest release of Windows in their labs and production environments.

One of the first thing you’ll need to do, is to activate Windows 8. When you’re ready for mass deployment of Windows 8, you should always you KMS to activate Windows clients, but in the testing phase you might prefer to enter the product manually (use the MAK Key).

In this release you can’t use the standard GUI to enter the product key. You need to use the command line tool.

To activate Windows 8 Enterprise start the Command Prompt (run as Administrator) and type the following two commands:

slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert your product key here>
slmgr.vbs -ato

Windows 8 Should now be activated…


About Author

My name is Ronni Pedersen and I'm currently working as a Cloud Architect at APENTO in Denmark. My primary focus is Enterprise Client Management solutions, based on technologies like AzureAD, Intune, EMS and System Center Configuration Manager. I'm is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility.

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