I downloaded and installed Windows 8 Enterprise Edition, this version does not prompt you for a Product License Key during installation. This is probably because enterprise editions are meant for volume installation and activation.

When I tried to activate Windows 8 Enterprise Edition it gave me the following error:

Windows Can’t Be Activated Right Now” DNS error 0x8007232b

It did not show any link to change the product key.


I found out on Google that this needs to be done using the built-in SLUI tool.

Open a Command Prompt (as Admin) and run the following command:w any link to

slui 3



Enter the Product Key and Activate.


More from Slui.

SLUI is short for; SOFTWARE LICENSING USER INTERFACE, it has been arround since Vista.

The Options in Windows 8  are:

  1. SLUI  <no option>  shows the status of your current activation
  2. SLUI 3 shows the CHANGE PRODUCT KEY window
Paul Geerlings

Author Paul Geerlings

I am used to working in Enterprise IT environments since 1997, in technical as well as architect roles. It is my passion to implement new technologies and share my experience within a team. To me x86 virtualization is a synonym for VMware, i have been working with their products since 2004, there simply is no enterprise alternative. The VMware hypervisor was so disruptive back then, one can easily speak of two IT eras, one without and one with x86 virtualization using VMware technology. The next wave we are riding is Software Defined I am convinced this will proof to be almost as disruptive.

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20 February 2013