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Microsoft Windows 8 Windows server

Change product key in windows server 2012 or windows 8

1. Use slmgr

  • Open an elevated command prompt and type the following commands:
  • slmgr -upk
    This will remove the key first
  • slmgr -ipk xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx
    This will add your key. Of course replace the xyzyx-xyzyx with your own real key.
  • Activate Windows (you will probably have popups already during this process)

2. Use slui.exe

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
  • In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
  • Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
  • Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.

3. You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product key on multiple computers.

The last two methods can be  found referenced in this KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750773


Microsoft Tips & tricks Windows 8

How to close Apps in Windows 8

There are 4 ways you can close metro apps in the new Windows 8:

  1. If you have a touch screen tablet or laptop, touch your finger on the top of the screen and drag it all the way to the bottom. It will minimize and move the app from your way.
  2. If you don’t have a touch screen but you use a mouse, do the same with the mouse. Point your mouse on the top of the screen and drag it all the way down. When you point the mouse to the top of the screen, you can see the cursor is changing.
  3. Press ALT key + F4. This will still work just like the traditional Windows programs.
  4. The killer option: use ALT+CTRL+DEL and kill the app using the task manager.


Microsoft Tips & tricks Windows 8

Windows 8 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B

Depending on where the installation media was obtained from (MSDN, TechNet subscription download,..) the activation wizard  by default will look for a Key Management Service (KMS) host on your internal network. It will not try to activate using the internet to reach Microsoft Activation servers.

The solution is to manually change the product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) most likely provided with your MSDN or TechNet subscription.

To change the product key, use the slmgr.vbs script included with your Windows installation.

  1. Run the command prompt as an administrator
  2. Enter slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx where xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx is your product key.
Microsoft Windows 8

Windows 8 RTM System Requirements

Today August 15th, 2012, Microsoft releases the RTM version of Windows 8 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers along with an evaluation version of Windows 8 Enterprise to early adopters and developers; if you want to give a try and not sure about minimum system requirements then this blog post helps you to determine whether your existing PC is capable to install it or not.

Microsoft has kept its promise that Windows 8 won’t require any more hardware than Windows 7. Grant George, Corporate VC of Windows Test repeats on Bulding Windows 8 blog what Microsoft has said in the past. So Windows 8 RTM works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
Got all… Then you can download the Windows 8 RTM and experience first-hand the beautiful, fast and fluid experience.