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