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Windows 8 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B

The Windows 8 Activation may fail while using the online activation process. You may receive an error screen similar to this:


This issue was documented in this Microsoft Support article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929826 for previous versions of Windows but also applies to Windows 8. The cause according to this article is:

As the support article explains, the issue has to do with the default behavior of the activation wizard in certain installation media. Depending on where the installation media was obtained from (for example MSDN or TechNet subscription download) the activation wizard  by default will look for a Key Management Service (KMS) host on your internal network. It will not try to activate using the internet to reach Microsoft Activation servers.

In my case, I downloaded the Windows 8 Pro ISO file from my MSDN subscription. The installation binaries from the MSDN ISO file uses a temporary / default key to install as I was not prompted for an installation key. This installation key is apparently a temporary key that tells the Windows 8 activation wizard to look for a KMS host on the local network only and not try Microsoft’s activation servers online.

The solution is to manually change the product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) most likely provided with your MSDN or TechNet subscription. To change the product key, use the slmgr.vbs script included with your Windows installation. The steps to manually change the product key are as follows:

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt (CMD) in Windows 8. Elevated means, Command Prompt needs to be run as an administrator. To do this, go to Windows 8 Start (click on the Windows key), locate the Command Prompt shortcut on your tiles (or search for it on your Apps) and righ-click on it.

2. The option to Run as Administrator appears on the bottom toolbar as shown in the following screenshot:

3. Once the elevated Command Prompt opens type the following command and press ENTER:slmgr.vbs /ipk “Your 5×5 Product Key”

For example:

4. After you press ENTER you will receive the following confirmation message within 10 seconds:

5. Once you receive this confirmation message you may proceed to activate Windows 8 using Microsoft’s activation servers online.

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  3. [...] Activating Windows 8 with my MSDN copy was just hideous in the fact that you cant just enter your key you have to run a script, if end users are having to do this I can see it being a nightmare for Microsoft essentially all you have to do is run cmd as admin and type “slmgr.vbs /ipk with-your-lic-key” so see below more over at sqljoe’s blog here [...]

  4. Great ¡ ¡ work form me ¡ ¡

  5. It worked for me BUT… how do I “proceed to activate Windows 8 using Microsoft’s activation servers online” ???

    I tried to proceed in my system,,, but happened that error again.

  6. Thx, just worked fine!

  7. Worked perfect here for my MSDN key, thanks Joe. Does seem like a pain, but could be that they are trying to prevent folks from using MSDN for production by making activation difficult.

  8. You’re a rock star! Thanks for making this Mac technician’s day that much easier!

  9. Thank you for this post. It worked flawlessly for me as well

  10. Thanks. All works as described.

  11. Thanks a lot. Ran into this issue & the above solution worked flawlessly.

  12. F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!
    Thank you!

  13. [...] Windows 8 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B. [...]

  14. [...] was a bit of an issue, and it was a legitimate version of Windows. Thankfully this solution worked [...]

  15. same error for me too. When i open windows activator and select the option “win 8 install/uninstall”, a cmd prompt will appear asking to hit y. if i hit y, the page will disappear and no change occurs.
    pls anybody help me………..

  16. thanks for this

  17. no joy error code oxcoo4coo3

  18. thanks! worked!!!!

  19. The Best! works like a charmed!

  20. [...] quick search yielded this page at “SQL Joe’s Blog” which explains that activation is failing because I have a KMS key installed.  This makes sense [...]

  21. 0x8007007B this error shows wt i do, i tries to run in cmd as administrator bt above err shows pls give me sollution

  22. Great, worked like a charm, with MSDN key

  23. Thanks Jose! Windows 8 immediately recognized the new msdn key and activated it. Quick and painless … after reading your tip!

  24. Great post, glad I found it. Worked perfectly.

  25. I entered the cmd ‘:slmgr.vbs /ipk “Your 5×5 Product Key”” and did not need to activate as it now says windows is activated -( I entered the windows code when I installed windows )

    Thanks for your help

  26. Once I change the Product key in the cmd prompt and get a success message…do I need to do anything further to Activate?

  27. hi joe…same probleom with the same error! i did all the steps that u wright – got succsess message – restart but nothing! same error “DNS Name does not exist” cant activate! help???

  28. ok…i solved this problem of DNS error (although the slmgr command did nothing also) after than i got KMS error says that unable to contact the KMS! after along hours i found some bach file somewhere in the net, i operate it and now my win 8 says that is activated BUT…the action center keep telling me that i need 2 activate windows. Someone know Y? how can i check windows is really activated?

  29. received the confirmation message but NOT proceed to activate Windows 8 using Microsoft’s activation servers online,

    what do i have to do ?
    please help

  30. it solved issue…. Thanks….

  31. A great Thank You from Denmark too. It worked as you described.

  32. Thank you; worked like a charm! Great post, thank you for the picture walk through

  33. Great, when you miss the vbs script try this command:

    >slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx


  35. [...] As it turns out, this is due to downloading the ISO for Windows 8 from an MSDN or TechNet site (most likely TechNet in this case) and within it’s settings, there is a default CD Key which expects a KMS server on your internal network to activate. More information and background can be found on this blog. [...]

  36. Thanks!!! it works perfectly less than 2 minutes

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  40. […] Type “slmgr.vbs /ipk with-your-lic-key” so see below more over at sqljoe’s blog here […]

  41. this step is completed but again same problem plz rply me solve this problem

  42. Thanks for this useful information.I will try follow your steps to activate my win8 pro as it keeps telling me my Dns servers cannot be located on my local drive and I cant activate via phone as the link does not show

    Will let you know of how I go with your steps.


  43. Thank you for this helpfull tip.

  44. Thanks for the info. I have the same problem but with a further issue, my windows copy came with a new laptop so I don’t have the key – it’s encrypted somewhere in the BIOS as I understood and the activation should have worked automatically.

    Any information on how to deal with this?

  45. i did the same but my problem has not been solved :( i am receiving this error:
    access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges

  46. It worked great for me. Thanks for the tip.

  47. I did the same and I got the same message but still I can not activate my product key. It would be really nice if you can help me?

  48. Thanks, simple good directions that worked.

  49. i had legitimate windpows 7, but for a change i installed windows 8 pro N ..m not sure whether its legitimate also i dont have product key…i tried to use hacked key from google, but later received error: access denied: the requested action requested action requires elevated privileges. .

    • i had legitimate windpows 7, but for a change i installed windows 8 pro N ..m not sure whether its legitimate also i dont have product key…i tried to use hacked key from google, but later received error: access denied: the requested action requested action requires elevated privileges.

      also its not asking to buy or try another key..i can only try installing key from cmd and getting this access denied error message…any help on this?

  50. After spending 30 minutes on the phone with Microsoft being transferred around from one person to another who did not have a clue about how to resolve the issue am very thankful for this post.

  51. Thank you so much! This worked perfectly and helped me fix my laptop. I cannot even express how appreciative I am of this.

  52. It really worked, thank u very much.

  53. I do that but my windows not activated

  54. it showed me message succesfully key installed but how to activate by Microsoft’s activation servers online.

  55. was looking for a solution for over a week and worked liked a charm.. thx a lot

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