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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 useful :)

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  1. avatar

    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.

  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

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

  4. avatar

    thanx alot that is much appreciated 😀

  5. avatar

    Thanks bruh.

  6. avatar

    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

    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

    this helped. thanx a lot.

  12. avatar

    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:
    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

    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:-

    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

    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

    Thank you so much!!

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

  19. avatar

    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


    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?

  21. avatar
    Brian Pavey09-19-14

    One thing I’d like to point out is that you’ll run into this problem if your time settings are incorrect as well.

    • avatar

      That’s what my problem was. I updated the time and everything activated fine after.

  22. avatar

    what words i must type in product key???

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews09-27-14

      You must enter your product key… perhaps from a small “COA” (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker on your PC or with the DVD or from your TechNet download site or…

  23. avatar
    Will Raresheid01-25-15

    Just a different scenario but this same thing occurred to me with Windows 10 preview after a refresh. I have a small domain that is not on the internet (domain.something) on a private IP. My DNS server is not exposed so hence the error. Remove the PC from the domain, it activates by itself on reboot, then rejoin domain. I realize this is not a typical situation but it can happen. It’s that error that got me to this page and when I realized the agony of listening to that ‘OK! Let’s get started’ guy at the Microsoft phone-in activation it shifted my brain right into gear. Thanks.

  24. avatar
    Alaa Aziz03-03-15

    I have done of all the above steps to activate windows 10 technical preview. However, it always tells me that it failed to activate, something about not being able to reach microsoft. This is funny, because my internet is fine, yet, my computer can’t seem to be able to contact microsoft. Any thoughts? I’m using the enterprise build, and it was upgraded from 8.1 enterprise.

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews03-22-15

      The Windows 10 Enterprise that I am using now, also would not activate after my first build of Win10 in November. The three major updates since have all failed to Activate. Just today I tried again on build 10041 and it failed. Soooo, I posted feedback with Microsoft again. Now here is the odd part, I had to reboot for a completely unrelated reason and TADA! my Win10 is now activated. That was odd.

  25. avatar

    i have tried a product key using the step u showed it says “Thank you ,u’r all done” but the windows is still not activated please help me to activate windows ,#facebook/tsnow000

  26. avatar


    I want to ask about KMS in activation of windows server. couple days ago, my KMS server is not work normally. When I build a new server of Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008, it cannot be activated. It said Error: 0xC004F074 the software licensing service reported that computer could not be activated. No KMS could be contacted.

    When I try to ping KMS server it work normally. And the rearm is still 500++. Please help me to solve this issue. Thank you

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews08-29-15

      Hi Ho; I do not run a single KMS server as I have refused. After I call MS and demand a MAK key, they ALWAYS provide one. This is because several users in all of my clients can be off the LAN for more than 6 months at a time and if they are in and a KMS activation, their Windows will fail. IMHO, key management is purely a Microsoft problem and I will not let them off the hook for it.

      HOWEVER, to answer your question, I would suggest you call MS support as I believe KMS support is available at no cost.

  27. avatar

    Hi Ian

    Recently I factory reset my laptop and now I am not able to activate the windows. It kept on saying that Windows Key is blocked. Windows came with the laptop and the key is builtin. Can you please help me out ?

    • avatar
      Ian Matthews11-08-15

      The next build on Windows 10, which is due out THIS week (Nov 2015), named TH2 is supposed to support the use of Windows 7 and Windows 8 keys. You might want to try installing Windows 10 with the key you have, next week.

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