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Jul 05 2013

Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

I’ve installed Windows 8 for a client that has a Microsoft Volume License Agreement. Normally you would follow the following steps to install Windows. First download the ISO file from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. Then burn it to DVD and install. After the installation you would want to Activate Windows. Now this is where Microsoft has changed the process. In Windows 7 and previous versions you would do that by right-clicking on COMPUTER and click PROPERTIES. In the System Properties window, right at the bottom you would have the option to Activate Windows and also to Change the Product Key.

In Windows 8, the option to Change the Product Key is not available so that you can activate Windows 8 with the click of a bottom.

Here is how it looked in Windows 7 and how it looks in Windows 8

Windows 7 Activation

 

(Windows 7)

 

Windows 8 Activation using SLUI

 

(Windows 8)
So how do you Change the Product Key to Activate Windows 8? Well, after some digging around I learned about the SLUI.EXE command. When you run this command, it will open the traditional Windows Activation window and you can type in your Volume License Product Key and complete the activation.

Steps to follow to Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

Press WIN KEY+R to open the RUN dialog box.
In the RUN dialog box type in the following command and press ENTER

SLUI.EXE 3 (note the “3” at the end)

RUN dialog box SLUI command

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Windows Activation window open, type in the Product Key and click ACTIVATE to complete the activations proses.

Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

It’s a very easy way to Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command, but I’m just wondering why Microsoft would remove the original option in the System Properties window…

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  1. phillips

    i want to update my windows 8.1 pro with media center but do not know the product key. How do i activate it?

    1. Jeanne De Villiers

      Hi Phillips
      If you say Media Centre… do you mean Windows 7 Media Centre?
      Is the Windows 8.1 Pro installed on a Laptop?

  2. titilayo

    I don’t have a product key so how will I activate my windows

    1. Jeanne De Villiers

      Titilayo

      All the new Laptops and Notebooks, the Product Key is embedded into the Bios to prevent Piracy. If you don’t have the recovery disks, I suggest you contact your supplier.

      Otherwise, if you can get hold of an Product Key, you can try this solution.

      http://freecomputerassist.com/product-key-entered-match-windows-images/

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