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A problem occurred when windows tried to activate. Error code 0x8007232B

Posted by Russell Wright on October 15, 2009

While installing and activating a volume license edition of Windows 7, I was faced with a problem while trying to activate the new OS.  Each time I ran the activation program from the GUI, I received the error “A problem occurred when windows tried to activate.  Error code 0x8007232B.”

This problem has been discussed on one of the Vista forums so I thought I’d distill what worked for me in a short article.

I had to install the product key using the command line.  To do this, you must first open a command prompt with elevated privileges (runas administrator).


Next, use the command line


where the X’s are your product key.

The installation of the product should be instantaneous.

Finally, activate windows from Control Panel | System and Security | System.

If Windows is already activated, you won’t see the activate link.


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