Windows – Changing the Unlock Code and Activating

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Some versions of Windows 8 (Windows 8 Pro for example) ask for the unlock code as soon as you install them, I installed Windows 8 Enterprise on my PC at home today, and I couldn’t even change my user photo, because Windows hadn’t activated. When I tried, this is what happened.

Windows 8 can't Activate


As I had not yet installed a Windows unlock code, it’s safe to assume it had it’s in built KMS code, so I would need to change it to my own Windows code.

1. Press Windows Key+X to bring up the Advanced Context Menu >Select ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.

Windows 8 Advanced Context Menu

2. Run the following command (where 12345-ABCDE-12345-ABCDE-12345 is YOUR Windows code);

slmgr.vbs -ipk 12345-ABCDE-12345-ABCDE-12345

Change Code

3. Then to activate your copy of Windows run the following command;

slmgr.vbs -ato

Windows 8 Activation

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