Windows 8.1: Manually Activating

1. Go to Windows 8.1 UI.   (Press the Windows key on the keyboard.)

screenshot of  Windows 8- Start

2. Type cmd on the keyboard which will bring up the Windows 8 search.

screenshot of  Windows 8- cmd search

3. Right-click on the Command Prompt app. 

screenshot of  Windows 8 - command prompt

4. Click the Run as administrator button.  (Located at the bottom of the screen.)

screenshot of   Windows 8 - Run as administrator

5. Click Yes if the Windows 8 User Account Control prompt is displayed.

screenshot of   Windows 8 - User Account Control.

6. Type in “cd \windows\system32” & Press Enter.  (Only necessary if the command is not already in the Command Prompt.)

screenshot of   Windows 8.1 - Command Prompt: cd \windows\system32

7. Type the cscript command (below) & press Enter: (This should be done directly after "cd \windows\system32>".  If this is not in the prompt, see step 6)

  • cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

(Please type in the command exactly as shown above, including the spaces.) 

screenshot of  Windows 8.1 - Command Prompt: cscript

8. How to interpret the Output Message:

  • If the Output Message IS Product activated successfully:
    • The Product Activation Is Complete!
  • If the Output Message IS NOT Product activated successfully:
    • Make a Note of the Error Code or Output Message.

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