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How to Activate Windows 8

By Prabhakar Maurya on Dec 19, 2012
In this article we are going to explain how to activate Windows 8.

Introduction

In this article we are going to explain how to activate Windows 8. To activate Windows 8 you must have a valid product key and network connection.

There are several ways to activate Windows 8 but in this article we are using a command prompt to activate Windows 8 and you can also use this article to change the Windows 8 product key.

How to activate Windows 8

Step 1

Go to the search box and type "Cmd" and right-click on the command prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator".

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Step 2

In the command prompt type "slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert your product key here>" and press the "Enter" button. A message will be displayed with the product key in it. In this example we are using the product key for example. You can use another product key for activation.

slmgr.vbs -ipk {insert your product key here}

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Step 3

After inserting the product key type "slmgr.vbs -ato" and press Enter. A message will be displayed informing you that the product was activated successfully.

slmgr.vbs -ato

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Step 4

Now go to the Desktop screen and right-click on the "My Computer" icon and select "Properties". Now you will see "Windows is Activated".

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