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Cannot Activate Windows 8 Developer Preview

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  • I've been trying to activate Windows 8 Developer Preview for a few days now and it always fails with Error Code 0x80072EE2 "The operation timed out".  Any suggestions? Certain features don't work until the thing is activated.
    -sc456a
    Saturday, January 14, 2012 3:40 PM

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  • Hi sc456a,

    I don't think you need to activate WDP, if you type to Search 'activate windows' in Settings, click on Activate Windows, chances are that you will find that Windows is Activated.

    You may also read about your error message here.


    Irfan
    • Edited by Irfanfare Saturday, January 14, 2012 6:15 PM to complete
    Saturday, January 14, 2012 6:14 PM
  • Hi sc456a,

    I don't think you need to activate WDP, if you type to Search 'activate windows' in Settings, click on Activate Windows, chances are that you will find that Windows is Activated.

    You may also read about your error message here.


    Irfan
    It's not activated, and when I try I get that error. If you don't activate WDP, you can't do certain things such as modify items in the Personalize area of the new Control Panel interface. Therefore it seems logical that you should be able to activate it - especially since Windows tells you that you need to. The KB you linked to has to do with Windows Update, not activation, and contains no solutions that apply to me scenario.

    -sc456a
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 3:36 PM
  • Hi sc456a,

    sorry if my link didn't help, please try the link below:

    How to activate Windows Developer Preview?


    Irfan
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:19 PM
  • OK I ran slmgr -ato and got the following, more detailed error:

     


    -sc456a
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:41 PM
  • That error is usually the result of a poor internet connection of some kind - often caused by hyperactive firewalls or Anti-Virus software.

    Try booting to a Clean Boot and then activating.

     


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:52 PM
  • Hello sc456a,

    The product key you have is not the correct product key for Windows Developer Preview.
    The correct product key for the client version is:

    o    Client = 6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498

    To activate go to the Start Screen, type 'Activate Windows'. This will take you to the apps page. Click on Setting. 
    You will see Activate Windows button, select it.

    Your computer should now be activated.


    Thanks,


    Marilyn
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:23 PM
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