Windows Activation "DNS name does not exist" error (0x8007232B)

June 14, 2013 @ 16:05 - Michael

Categories: tech geek

This can be an infuriating error if you ever run into it, largely this post applies to Windows 7 (and equivalents) and above.

Error Code:


Running into the above error when trying to activate an installation of windows, especially if it's a volume license/enterprise edition, can be mind boggling and not make any sense.

I recently got a new machine at work and installed our Enterprise edition of Windows 8. It turns out we don't have the auto-activation file in our ISO so during the installation the appropriate key wasn't used and activated properly.

Thankfully there is an easy way to get around this.

  1. Open Command Prompt (WIN+R, type "cmd", ENTER)
  2. Type "slui.exe 0x3" and hit enter.
  3. This should open the Key entry GUI to allow you to enter your key and activate windows.

Hope this helps anyone who's run into it!