I have been installing Windows 8 Enterprise RTM on my lab machines using the RTM ISO from MSDN. I’ve found that each installation does not activate properly, giving the following error:
Error code: 0x8007232B
Error description: DNS name does not exist.
I have a valid product key for Windows 8 Enterprise from MSDN, but setup doesn’t prompt for this key during installation.
|Open System properties and click ‘View details in Windows Activation’|
|Click the ‘Activate’ button to begin activation|
|Error 0x8000232B – DNS name does not exist.|
|‘Windows can’t activate right now. Try activating Windows later. If the issue persists, contact your system administrator or technical support department for assistance.’|
Open an elevated CMD prompt and run the following command, as shown below:
|slmgr.vbs /ipk <product key>|
- You will receive a pop-up window from Windows Script Host indicating the product key has been installed successfully.
|Installed product key <product key> successfully.|
- Shortly after that, Windows 8 will automatically activate over the Internet. Or, if you’re impatient like me, just click the Activate button to activate windows immediately.
|Windows is Activated|