Error 0x8007007B While Activating Windows 8 Enterprise

While activating Windows 8 Enterprise downloaded from Microsoft TechNet, I encountered the following error: “Windows can’t activate right now. Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

To resolve this error and correctly activate Windows 8 Enterprise, I did the following:

  1. Launch Task Manager.
  2. Click on File -> Run new task.
  3. In the Create new task window,
    1. Type cmd.
    2. Click the Create this task with administrative privileges button.
    3. Click Ok.
  4. From the administrative command prompt, run the following two commands to unistall the product key and then, install the new product key by replacing the XXXXdesignation below.
    1. slmgr -upk
    2. slmgr -ipk XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Slmgr is a Windows script that can be used to change product keys, activate a system, and determine a system’s license type. Slmgr options can be found on

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Kong L. Yang

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