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

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!

  • Joey

    This still can solve my problems. The error still pops up~ anyone can help? 🙁

  • Driss

    This helped me, thanks man

  • Needed help

    Thanks. Working now. As if Windows 8 wasn’t hard enough.


    Tried, got another error. My product key wouldn’t work. someone please gimme a valid product key. :p

  • Danial

    error 0x8007232b .. Dns name does not exit

  • error remained intact

  • Malcom Smîth

    it didnt hel[p

  • furdog

    worked like a charm!

  • Kerrie Schwartz

    I have this problem now after owning this laptop for 2 years. I don’t have activation Key. My warranty expired 2 weeks ago so now HP wont help me either