SOLVED: Windows Activation Error 0x800723B


Windows Activation Error 

After installing Windows 8 Enterprise or Upgrading to Windows 10 Enterprise and attempting to activate, you may receive an error message stating:

“Windows can’t activate right now. Try activating Windows later. If this issue persists, contact your system administrator or technical support department for assistance”

The error details shows: 0x8007232B – (DNS Name Does Not Exist)


After researching the error, it became obvious that this has been around for a while, and it is most often caused by the product key being invalid. Windows 8 and Windows 10 Enterprise do not request the product key during installation, and therefore the activation error occurs. On Windows 8. there is no obvious way to change the product key, and it really just is as simple as entering a valid product key.

Many of the recommended solutions I found require command line interaction from an elevated (run as administrator) command prompt. There is a simpler way to enter a new product key.

Windows Activation Error Solution:

1. From the Windows 8 Metro Screen or Windows 10 Start Menu, type: SLUI 3 (note the space) to automatically search for the product key utility.

3. Opening this will bring up the product activation window with a field for entering a new product key.

4. Enter the new product key and activate Windows 8 or Windows 10 Enterprise (Note that on Windows 10 Enterprise, you could just go to Settings>search for “Activation”, open “Change Your Product Key”, click “Change Product Key” and enter the new key.)


This issue has also been reported on various Windows 7, 8, and 10 releases, including the Gold Partner releases and MSDN releases. Although I haven’t tested it personally on all of these, this solution should still apply.

If you are still experiencing activation errors, confirm that you are not attempting to install a KMS (Key Management Service)
copy. The activation of a KMS volume licensing version of the OS requires a KMS licensing server to be running on the local network (not the most common approach for many businesses) and attempting to install this version without the KMS server can also produce this error.

Acumen Consulting provides computer and network support services to enterprise, small and medium sized businesses. If you require further assistance, please contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve error 0x8007232B -DNS Name Does Not Exist during Windows 8 or Windows 10 Enterprise activation.

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