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How to manually activate Windows 8 using a MAK key



Problem or Question:

How do I use the Windows key that was provided after install?


Windows 8

Solution or Answer:

To activate manually, use the command promp.

1. Click "Desktop" from the Start Screen

2. Move the cursor to the hot corner [side panel should appear]

3. Click on the "Search" icon [magnifying glass]

4. Type  "command"

5. Click on the "Command" [an icon on the left side of the screen should appear]

Note: If you receive and elevated priviledge message, right click "Command" and select "Run as Administrator"

6. At command prompt, type in "slmgr.vbs -ipk "

slmgr.vbs -ipk 00000-00000-00000-00000-00000

7. Activate windows after changing the key, run "slmgr.vbs -ato"

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27th February 2013 02:08:29 pm

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