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SOLVED: How To Activate Windows 10 / Server 2016 Through Command Line

If you are having problems activating Windows 10, Server 2016, Windows 8, or Server 2012 one of these three solutions below should get you through:

Command Line to Launch Activation GUI:

This is handy if the GUI won’t start and you want to skip some steps to get it to work.

  1. click START (gets you to the tiles)4-no-change-product-key-link-missing-dns-error-0x8007232b-dns-error-activate
  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.

Command Line to Activate Windows Through Command Line:

  1. Launch a CMD as an Administratorcommand-line-to-activate-windows-slmgr-slui
  2. Type: slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
  3. Press Enter

If your key is valid and you are connected to the internet, it should activate within a second or two.

Call Microsoft Activation Center:

In Canada and the US, call the support line directly at 1 800-936-4900, otherwise, use this table of Microsoft Activation Phone Numbers to do the deed.

You also might find some of our previous posts on activation problems to be helpful:

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  1. manuelc08-23-17

    thanks for the information, it help me to activate win16 save me time and effort.

  2. Piet Heijn06-26-17

    But how to do the offline activation?
    Not everyone’s on the net….

  3. JDE06-20-17

    slui.exe 4 worked just fine for Windows Server 2016.

  4. Ibrahim06-07-17

    Hello, please which way can this server 2016 activate well?
    Please help!!!

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews07-04-17

      Server 2016 should activate using the same processes. What are you seeing?

  5. Steffen05-30-17

    Pour une clé d’activation originale, je vous suggère le site “licence-activation”
    J’en ai utilisé une clé de chez eux et ça marche parfaitement bien.
    Ils répondent assez rapidement, et peuvent aussi vous assister par Teamviewer en cas de problème.
    Je le recommande fortement.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews07-04-17

      TRANSLATION: For an original activation key, I suggest the ‘license activation’ site. I used a key from them and it works perfectly well. They respond pretty quickly, and can also assist you by Teamviewer if problem. I highly recommend it.

  6. Michael Weyant02-05-17

    I believe this is the command you’re looking for.

    dism /online /set-edition:ServerStandard /productkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /accepteula

    Or if you installed Standard edition and you want to change it to datacenter

    dism /online /set-edition:ServerDatacenter /productkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /accepteula

    or you can also see what upgrades are available
    dism /online /Get-TargetEditions

  7. Pete01-06-17

    Server 2016 Datacenter gui would not allow product key change. The command line activation works fine.

  8. Meziggues11-08-16

    Hello, slui.exe 4 doesn’t work for win 2016 server sorry…

  9. Raj10-29-16

    Great article with all the methods summarized, thanks!

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