Windows 8 – How to activate product key

For general public, you need  a Microsoft account, you can see all of the apps you bought from the Store and you can install any of those apps on up to five PCs.

Because Microsoft Windows 8 handles activation differently, the grace period has been eliminated. Microsoft has ditched the 30-day grace period, a trademark of Windows 7, in the retail copies of Windows .

For general public release, Microsoft requires a product key during setup because both Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and the customers must enter a unique product key — a 25-character alpha-numeric string — to proceed during Windows 8 setup. If you cannot provide the key,  the process stops in its tracks. The version installed depends on the key provided.

Windows 8 Enterprise, the version aims companies with volume license agreements, uses an entirely different mechanism for activation. Rather than ask the user for a key, it install the Windows 8 Enterprise and activates the  KMS (Key Management Service) key that’s activates by an on-premises machine or a MAK key through internet.

Here, (MAKkey scenario) most of the time the system failed to activate the product key.

To activate it manually using MAK key,

  • Hit the Windows+R hotkeys to open the Run box and run the following command: slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx  

OR

  • GUI option: Hit the Windows+R hotkeys to open the Run box and run the following command: slui.exe 3.
  • This command will open the following Dialog Box in which you can manually enter your MAK:

  • Enter your MAK in the “Product Key” field shown above.
  • Click the “Activate” button.

As if there aren’t enough scenarios, Microsoft’s free 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise does not require a product key.  As with the retail versions now available to some users, and that will go on sale Oct. 26,2012 the evaluation automatically activates if the PC has a live online connection. All the Software assurance users, Windows 8 RTM is available for download from their portal itself.

Windows 8 Release Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested by Microsoft, but it’s not the finished product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data and you shouldn’t test Windows 8 Release Preview on your primary home or business PC. Install at your own risk. This copy is only for testing the OS. You can install the release preview from here. For detailed product and feature information, download the Windows 8 Release Preview Guide (available in English only).

Microsoft Store – For general public, you need  a Microsoft account, you can see all of the apps you bought from the Store and you can install any of those apps on up to five PCs.

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