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    Windows 8 Enterprise RTM Activation


    So, noticed that installing the Enterprise version of Windows 8 RTM it never prompts for a key. However, once installed, the client won't activate and says

    Error code 0x8007232B, DNS name does not exist.

    In looking at the license key, it shows a key that ends in CWCK7. (but of course, remember I didn't input a key)


    It appears that enterprise is pre-baked with a KMS key, but unlike Windows 7 there is no button to "Change Product Key".

    You have to get elevated command prompt and type
    slmgr.vbs -ipk "Your key"

    That seems a bit strange.


    Where I got the above info;
    Windows 8 RTM - Enterprise Activation
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Aug 2012 at 09:54 PM. Reason: added link for more info


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    It's not strange at all. Most enterprises create an unattended install that will automatically add the key. There is a "default" key that's used to install if one is not provided, but this key cannot be activated. Windows 7 worked the same way, if you did not enter a key at install time, it had a "default" key buried down inside, you just never really saw it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    It's not strange at all. Most enterprises create an unattended install that will automatically add the key. There is a "default" key that's used to install if one is not provided, but this key cannot be activated. Windows 7 worked the same way, if you did not enter a key at install time, it had a "default" key buried down inside, you just never really saw it.
    Yes, but with Windows 7, there was a button that said "Change Product key". With the RTM enterprise release from MSDN, it has a KMS style key (which is not mine) burned into it which doesn't work. And it's not obvious how you can change the key to the actual key that was provided by MSDN....that's what I find odd. Why obscure the method for changing to your own personal product key so that you can activate???
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    Enterprise customers should know what they're doing. That's the entire point of Enterprise, it's for corporations with IT staff that are trained how to handle such things. And like I said, it's a "default" key. Windows won't function at all without a key, so in order to install it, it needs a default key, and that default key is unactivateable.
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    Mystere,

    Ok, I'm one of the IT guys for the company that I work for. I understand how to create the autounattend.xml files that contain the legit key that my company would use for installs.

    For the office that I work in, we use a standard laptop that is the same across the board. So, I get the OS installed, and apps on the box and run sysprep, and then image the machine. I lay down the image on new machines, turn them on, go through the mini-setup, etc. When I am done and ready to go, I go to Properties of my Computer, click on Activate, click on change product key, put in my MAK key for my company and it accepts the key and activates the product.

    i just find it odd that with Windows 8 enterprise, that you either don't have to input the key to install or you don't have a button to set the key properly once you do boot. Going to an elevated command line to input the .vbs command just seems a bit.....unfinished. This is not how Windows 7, or Windows Vista worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    So, noticed that installing the Enterprise version of Windows 8 RTM it never prompts for a key. However, once installed, the client won't activate and says

    Error code 0x8007232B, DNS name does not exist.

    In looking at the license key, it shows a key that ends in CWCK7. (but of course, remember I didn't input a key)


    It appears that enterprise is pre-baked with a KMS key, but unlike Windows 7 there is no button to "Change Product Key".

    You have to get elevated command prompt and type
    slmgr.vbs -ipk "Your key".

    That seems a bit strange.


    Where I got the above info;
    Windows 8 RTM - Enterprise Activation

    Thanks

    I got "Stuck" at that stage -- didn't have a clue as what to do next . I looked for Change product key where you enter your key but couldn't find it either. !!


    (Suggestion to Mods == perhaps the link pparks1 has provided should be made a "Sticky" -- I'm usually quite OK with Google myself but couldn't find much to help me on this issue).


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    "Not Obvious" seems to be the running Windows 8 design guideline...
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    @Mystere
    Do you if this key is all that is different about the Windows 8 Enterprise trial version?

    Would I be able to install the trial, and then after a couple of slmgr -rearms, could I change the key to a normal Enterprise key and activate it, once I have one?

    Basically, can a trial installation be converted to a normal activated Enterprise installation, at a later date?
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    Windows 8 Enterprise RTM, like many of its predecessors, is shipped with a KMS client key.

    In most Enterprise environments the customers uses a KMS (key management server), so activation is pretty much automatic. Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 R2 are the same way. The only difference, as pointed out above, is that Windows 8 Enterprise does not offer the "Change Product Key" link on the system properties page. If you need to use a MAK key instead of a KMS client key, there's no "easy" way to change the key.

    To change the key, you have to open an elevated command prompt and enter the command
    slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (where the string of x's represents your product key).

    Once you do that it should activate on its own without further intervention - unless you do not have an internet connection.
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    @TerryE
    It's not clear whether you are replying to me or not. Are you saying that it is possible to activate a Windows 8 Enterprise Trial installation with a MAK or KMS Enterprise key, during the trial period (possibly after a couple of slmgr -rearms)?
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