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Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Blog, Microsoft Windows | 8 comments

Windows 8 Enterprise activation problem

Microsoft released the final version of Windows 8 to developers through MSDN and or Technet subscriptions last week.  So I quickly logged into Technet and downloaded Windows 8 Enterprise.
I’ve been using the Consumer Preview version since they released it and was anxious for the final version.  Everything installed as expected and was working great.

Until I went to activate Windows that is.  It wouldn’t activate and kept giving me an error “The filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect. (ox8007007B).”

I figured at first it was the firewall at my work, then I figured it must be because they were just a lot of people activating Windows.  But the problem continued.
I did some searching and found the following command which fixed the issue:

slmgr.vbs -ipk “Your product key here”

After putting in my product key using this, the activation went through no problem.
Unfortunately I can’t find the site where I found this command to give credit.


  1. how to get the trail product keys foe windows 8 enterprises

  2. Got the same problem. After entering the command you’ve described, got:
    ‘Error: 0xC004F025 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges’

  3. @Nick, you should run cmd as administrator

  4. I got the same error as Nick. How do we run the command prompt as Administrator in W8?

  5. Figured it out. On your keyboard, press the windows key and type cmd, to the left you will see the command thumbnail, right click on it and select run as administrator. This will allow you to make the above change without getting the access denied message.

  6. Nick, just run CMD as Administrator.

  7. coding is do Nothing

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