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Windows 8 Activation – Unable To Change The Product Key

Recently had an issue with my own laptop where Windows 8 wouldn’t activate. I was pretty sure the product key was wrong, but there isn’t any way in the GUI to change the product key like there was in Windows 7.

After some searching I found a MS article that explained how to change the product key in a few different ways.

“Change product key” link is not available in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

Using the Slui.exe 0×3 from a Run dialog allowed me to change the key and successfully activate.  Using the slgmgr.vbs /ipk would work as well, but the slui.exe was new to me so I used that method.

Hope this helps someone else that runs into the situation.

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I am a Microsoft MVP for System Center Configuration Manager and owner of Nackers Consulting Services, LLC. I focus primarily on System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. In addition to helping clients leverage the technologies they use, I enjoy spending a lot of time on the forums and email lists helping answer questions and just seeing what people are doing with the deployment technologies available to them. I have spoken at Microsoft Management Summit on ConfigMgr/MDT integration and I have spoken at user groups around the country. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am always willing to help.

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  1. i just wanna windows 8 activation key nothing apart from that

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