Activate Windows 8

It’s Christmas morning for Microsoft nerds! Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, and Team Foundation Server 2012 RTM versions were released to MSDN today! Woot! I downloaded Windows 8 Enterprise RTM Build 9200 from MSDN and installed it. I must not have been paying attention, because I didn’t see anywhere for the Key. Anyway, after I finished a very painless installation and tried to “personalize my pc”, I was informed that “You need to activate windows before you can personalize your pc”. Okay no problem! Or is there? There appears to be no UI to allow you to enter your key to activate windows! WTF! Anyway, after a little poking around on Google, I found this and it works great. Open a command prompt as an administrator and run this:

slmgr.vbs -ipk “ENTER-YOUR-KEY-HERE”

Works like a champ. Hope this helps!

Happy coding,
Tom Hundley

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