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SOLVED: Windows Can’t Be Activated Right Now 0x8007232b – Windows 8

The solution is to:

  1. click START (gets you to the tiles)
  2. type RUN
  3. type slui 3 and press ENTER
    1. yes, SLUI: which stands for SOFTWARE LICENSING USER INTERFACE
      1. SLUI 1 brings up the activation status window
      2. SLUI 2 brings up the activation window
      3. SLUI 3 brings up the CHANGE PRODUCT KEY window
      4. SLUI 4 brings up the CALL MICROSOFT & MANUALLY ACTIVATE window
  4. Type in your product key
  5. Have a nice day.

See the screen shots below.

I just downloaded my Windows 8 Enterprise from Technet / MSDN, wiped the hard drive on my brand new Acer Timeline X, and installed it.  I did the same thing with an identical Acer Time Line but on that unit, I had yanked the hard disk and installed a spanky new Kingston V200+ SSD.  Both of these laptops had the same problems:

  1. When I tried to activate them they showed “Windows Can’t Be Activated Right Now” DNS error 0x8007232b
  2. There was no link to CHANGE THE PRODUCT KEY

 

 SLUI came out with Windows Vista and if you want more details you might find support.microsoft.com/kb/921471 useful :)



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  1. avatar
    scott09-01-12

    Thank you. That fixed the problem. Now I remember Windows Vista did the same thing when released on Technet. And look in eventvwr, they mispelled a word so we’ve got references to the bowser service; they forgot an r.
    Scott

  2. avatar
    Matthew Platte11-26-12

    ?? Wasn’t the “bowser” spelling present in the NT 4.x event viewer? Or maybe I’m just too sleepy… :)

  3. avatar
    Alro11-27-12

    Thanks, worked for me using Win8 Pro 64Bit on Acer A722 Netbook.

  4. avatar
    hesham01-13-13

    thanx alot that is much appreciated :D

  5. avatar
    J02-06-13

    Thanks bruh.

  6. avatar
    Roohan03-17-13

    Thanks!! Now why the f**k did they have to bury it like that? MEH.

  7. avatar
    Daniel Radeschi03-28-13

    It says “DNS request not supported by name server”.
    Error code: 0x8007232c

    Please help me.

  8. avatar
    Karen Mayberry05-07-13

    That activation watermark was driving me nuts. It’s gone now! Your solution worked for me. Thanks!

  9. avatar
    Maha08-13-13

    What if you have the same problem but you don’t have a key (my windows 8 came with the laptop and I don’t have a key)?

  10. avatar
    Fritze Ong09-12-13

    Please help me!! When I did the Slui 3, it says that my code is corrected. But, whenever I proceed to activate it, this pops up! “The Software Licensing Service reported that the product could not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please see the Application Event Log for additional information.” Please help!!

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews09-15-13

      That means you are trying to use a corporate key. KEY MANAGEMENT SERVICE is Windows Activation Service for companies. The idea is, companies can have their PC’s activate inside the company to a KMS server and that KMS server periodically reports back to Microsoft’s activation systems to make sure all is as expected. KMS keys have exactly the same format as standard keys but they only activate against KMS servers. If you are a company and you have been given KMS keys but do not want to run a KMS Server, you can call Microsoft and they WILL issue you standard keys.

  11. avatar
    pradeep09-25-13

    this helped. thanx a lot.

  12. avatar
    rey11-10-13

    mate, this what the dialog box popout after i entred the key…
    invalid product key
    the following failure occurred trying to use the product key:
    code:
    0xC004F013
    description:
    the software licensing service determined that there is no permission to rub the software

    plz help thanks

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews12-23-13

      If I had to guess, I would say to confirm your version. It sounds like your copy of Windows is trying to use a corporate license service.

  13. avatar
    Maninderjeet Singh12-25-13

    thnx Slui 3 Works…….
    but i dont have a key
    can you plz send me the product key of window 8 pro

  14. avatar
    amit01-21-14

    when i exceuted slui 4 command only see united states only so pls suggest for activation windows 2008 server r2 addtion

  15. avatar
    Alko Sdsge02-04-14

    The software licencing service determined that there is no permission to run this software.

    Tried all:-
    TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
    MBFBV-W3DP2-2MVKN-PJCQD-KKTF7
    WWKTN-FQFKB-MP8QJ-BT29X-9HFDW

    Tried all activators.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  16. avatar
    rjv debilde03-06-14

    In a few of your lines I gathered more insight knowledge about activation then in hundreds of internet posts about how to solve from other sources. Sharing the logic of a system makes so much sence!
    Thank you Ian

  17. avatar
    L03-26-14

    Not very effective when this is happening on a brand-new laptop and you weren’t supplied with the product key…

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews03-30-14

      Agreed! I certainly understand the logic this simplifies a process that nearly no user wants to deal with and that manufacturers find costly to manage, but this has a substantial potential to frustrate both power users and everyday users who have problems.

  18. avatar
    Ole03-31-14

    Thank you so much!!

    I was going crazy trying to activate Windows 8.1. Talk about bad error messages…

  19. avatar
    Elizabeth06-12-14

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. This activation problem has been bothering me for several month (for some reason my asus had windows 8 yet it wasn’t activated????) so here I am, finding your website months later and it worked, along with another place that suggested downloading a product key finder. Now I can customize my computer instead of having to look at the disgusting custom lock screen and I don’t have to be bothered with a blue popup screen disturbing my work and telling me to update windows. It was such a pain. Thanks again mate.

  20. avatar
    Kevin07-22-14

    Hi

    My key doesnt work, i bought my laptop about 2 months ago with windows 8.1 preinstalled, and 5 days ago when i came home from a 2 week vacation i turned on my laptop and they said that i had to activate windows 8.1 and i never had to activate it before I downloaded MagicJellyBean to find my key, and when i entered it. It didnt work.

    Can you help me?

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