Solving Windows 8 enterprise activation error 0×80070005

So Windows 8 RTM launched yesterday and lots of people installed their copy from MSDN. I did the same but after the installation i couldn’t get my copy to activate. I kept receiving an error 0×80070005 when i wanted to activate my windows copy.

The problem is that you didn’t have to fill in your key during the installation and now Windows 8 is trying to activate with a default key which is failing.

You can fix this in a few easy steps:

  • Press the “Windows” key on your keyboard or go back to the “Metro” start screen
  • type “slui 3” and press enter
  • a popup shows up where you can enter your new key. enter this key and press activate
  • Your copy of windows 8 is now activated


Enjoy windows 8!

Geert van der Cruijsen

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