I am Dale Hayter, a Microsoft and VMware certified Technical Consultant.

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Windows 8 – Windows couldn’t be activated 0x8007232B

In Windows 8 you might see the error message when you try to activate

Windows couldn’t be activated
Go to Control Panel to learn about other ways to activate.
Error code: 0x8007232B
Error description: DNS name does not exists.

If you see this then error then your need to enter your CD key in a elevated command prompt using the command below :-

slmgr.vbs -ipk KEY

So in a real world example you would do :


Now try and activate again.