Windows 8 is changing a lot of things in the Windows world. Breaking out of the tradition, Windows 8 is set to redefine the way users used to use the operating system. Starting from the user interface to a number of common things Windows users were accustomed with. There is no denying fact that Microsoft has also made changes in the way Windows 8 has to be activated. In this article, we will show you how to change Windows 8 key after installation to activate the operating system using a new key.
If you have already got your hands on Windows 8 but facing problems with activation, you can use the following tip to change Windows 8 key to activate it. Using this tutorial, you can enter a new Windows 8 key, or change Windows 8 product key to a new product key to activate Windows 8.
Note: Using this process you cannot interchange product keys of different Windows 8 edition. If you have Windows 8 installed you cannot use Windows 8 Pro product key, or the other way around to activate Windows 8. You have to use the product key of the same Windows 8 edition you have installed.
How to change Windows 8 product key, the easiest way?
Press Windows + Pause Break to open System Properties. You can also open System properties from Control Panel > All Control Panel Apps > System.
After the System window opens up, click or tap (if you are using touch device) on View details in Windows Activation. Windows Activation dialog box will open. You can also open this dialog box from the Action Center.
Click or tap on the button that says Activate with a new key and follow the wizard to activate Windows 8 using a new key.
How to change Windows 8 product key, the easy way?
Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R hotkey, type
slui.exe 3 and click or tap on OK.
In the Windows Activation wizard, type in your 25-digit Windows 8 product key, verify that you have correctly typed the key, and click or tap on the Activate button.
How to change Windows 8 key using the Command Prompt?
Note: This process is for advanced users, and we assume here that you know what the technical terms refer to. So, we’re not explaining everything in details here.
Open an elevated command prompt and type the command below. Verify that the Windows 8 product key you entered, replacing the
XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX with your actual product key, is correct and press Enter.
slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Upon successful activation, you will receive a confirmation. Click or tap on the dialog box and close the elevated command prompt.
How to activate Windows 8 using the telephone?
Microsoft provides an offline method to activate Windows 8 for users who are facing problems activating online. You can use the automated telephone system to activate Windows 8 offline.
To do so, you need to first open the Windows Activation Wizard. To open the wizard, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R hotkey, type
slui.exe 4 and click or tap on OK. Follow the wizard to activate Windows 8 using the telephone.