How to activate Windows 8 Release Preview

We all know that Windows 8 Release Preview is released and most of the people all over the world downloaded and even installed the Operating System. Now after installing the Windows 8, its necessary to activate Windows 8 which can be done easily. Here is how to activate Windows 8:

Move your Mouse cursor to the extreme right corner to bring the Charms bar. Select Setting from the Charms bar and click on it. You’ll see the following options:

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Now select More PC settings from here. And then The Activate Windows options get started automatically.

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You can also activate Windows using Command Prompt which is an easy way to do so. For this open Command Prompt via Run Dialog Box (Press Win Key + R and then type cmd).

Type Command slmgr /ato to activate the Windows. You will see a confirmation box for the successful activation.

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You can check the detailed license information (Shown above) using command slmgr /dlv where you will see the expiration date of Windows 8 Release Preview which is January 15, 2013. Stay tuned for more Windows 8 articles.

  • mann143n

    do i need internet to activate the window 8 consumer preview.

    please reply to my email also

    • AYUSH

      yap u must need a internet

  • Michael P

    Curious, as mine says change PC settings. not more pc settings. Mine will not activate. using any option above.

    • Kindly try one more time if not then go for command prompt activation using slmgr command. Run Command Prompt in Elevated Mode and type “slmgr /ato” and press enter. Your activation will be successful. Hope this work if not please do reply.

      • joe

        I did as above several times, but still cnt work

        • Don’t worry Joe, tomorrow Windows 8 RTM is going to be released. So leave this and get prepared for the next. 🙂

      • I’ve tried the activation in both ways, i.e. through system properties and through cmd, bt each time shows the error “THE KEY IS BLOCKED”.

        Plz help if u can

  • we have to do activation again after january 15 2013

    • No arsh. This is a release preview. In next month we’ll see RTM and hence we’ll not be using this version.

  • do they got windows 8 remove wat

  • Jafar Jalal

    Even,RTM is disgusting.It’s not getting activated and it’s really annoying.At first,we were amazed and now the settings are not so user-friendly.Please say me the way of activating win 8 RTM pack (64 bit)

    • There is another option mentioned here which is command line. Use slmgr /ato (in elevated command prompt) to activate Windows.

      • Jonathan

        I get

        Error: 0xC004C003 The activation server determined the specified product key is blocked

        when run the slmgr /ato command in the console running as an admin.

        Any clue? What else can I do to activate Windows 8 RTM 64bit?

        • In order to successfully activate your Windows, Your key must be genuine. Any fake key or already blocked key will not be accepted. So prior activating ensure the genuineness of key. 🙂

  • ali

    how can i activate 8 plz tel me

    • Simply follow the steps given above in the article.

  • Johnson

    i used the correct key but after the installation i was been ask to activate it again how can i do that

    • At the time of installation key is used only for proceeding the installation. For activation you have to follow the steps given above in the article. In PC Settings, there is an option Activate Windows. Click on that. Now using your Internet Connection your PC will be activated provided that your key is genuine.

  • Rajat

    Mine does’nt give any activate windows option…
    it just says your evaluation copy is Expired :/

    • which version were you using… was it RTM or not..

  • darshan

    what after 15 jan 2013 bro

    plz mail me new tricks

    • You’ll need a genuine key for activating the product, else you can’t activate it.

  • samson

    while activating it is telling that the spedified product key is blocked for activation so then what i have to do

    • which key are you using, is it the one by which you started the trial of it. If yes then you’ll need a genuine key for activation.

  • pourya

    please say a link witch gotes an activator or a genuine key is thre another way or its a shit