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Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B

Friday, August 1, 2008 1:46 PM


For the past few months, I’ve had a little bubble pop up from my taskbar saying “Hey, your copy of Windows can’t be activated!” and to each of these I would respond…well, I wouldn’t…I just ignored it. Figured it was an issue with the Microsoft activation servers and eventually activation would occur.

Not so much.

Instead, I was greeted this morning with a message that my copy of Windows was not authentic, and it would just sit with a black screen, a cursor, and the forementioned message in the bottom corner.

At first I freaked thinking I had lost all my stuff, but I eventually just let the computer be on the black screen until the activation wizard magically appeared.

I tried to activate, but to no avail. I rebooted the machine and went off to grab some food. When I came back, the activation wizard had defaulted to another option which loads up Windows but warns you that you may have been the victim of pirating *gasp*.

So at this stage I try to activate again…and again I’m not able to. But this time at least I get an error detail: Code 0x8007232B – DNS name does not exist. Interesting…

A few quick Googles of the error message shows that this has been an issue with versions of Vista for a while now. The solution, as weird as it is, is to right click your computer, go properties, then select the link to “Change your Windows key.” But you don’t…you re-enter the one you originally used. Voila! Your activation will now go through without a hitch.

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# re: Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B

It seems to be a fairly common error that springs up on a number of different Vista installs, and will potentially happen on Server 2008 installs too.

I did a write-up about the nature of the problem at www.vistaactivation.info if you want to check it out 8/19/2008 9:42 AM | skolor

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Thank you. Your solution worked for my activation problem.
8/22/2008 12:42 PM | MichaelWeiss

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Thank you Very Much!!!!! 9/17/2008 8:42 PM | Tom Jenkins

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Thank you very much... works like a charm.
I swear it is easier to crack their software than waste time with these kinds of issues. 1/29/2009 2:31 PM | Rob

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Thanks for the tip, this worked! I was afraid I'd have to reinstall or do something drastic to get it to work. Thanks! 2/13/2009 1:50 PM | Chris Pietschmann

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thanks a lot. Luís Paulo. 3/18/2009 8:55 AM | Luís Paulo

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Thanks for the tip. My Win2k8 Enterprise Install was refusing to activate giving up a 0x8007232B error message. Your solution worked! Thanks. 3/25/2009 9:09 PM | Richard Ross

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Crazy as it may sound, it worked for me too on Windows Server 2008. Thanks for the info! 3/31/2009 1:57 PM | Travis Spencer

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The re-entering of product key didn't work at all here. It tried to reactivate the product key but I don't get it activated.

I can't even choose the option to show other solutions like activating it by phone. 4/9/2009 2:35 AM | Le Roi

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Excellent. It works swiftly. Many thanks 4/22/2009 7:55 AM | ARO

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Fixed my activation issues with 2008 too! Thanks for the post. 4/27/2009 9:37 AM | OneArmedBoxer

# re: Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B

It works for ME.

Many thanks.

5/24/2009 10:32 AM | Calvin

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This worked for me too - thanks! 7/3/2009 12:10 AM | Rob

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It worked! Thanks for the info. 7/7/2009 10:48 AM | Thomas Bowcut

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Great Tip, thanks for the help. How can MS be so silly. 7/28/2009 3:24 AM | Al

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This worked perfectly, changing that key that is...Many Thanks! 8/10/2009 9:22 PM | francis

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Thanks for this, I just worried to re-install again my OS from the start. This is really worked. 8/11/2009 10:37 AM | nozneb

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Thanks for this post, it came as #1 on google when searching for this error. Interesting enough, I had this problem with Win7 Enterprise (RTM), at one point it even said that he couldn't find KMS server on domain - but I was using MAK key! :P
Anyway, re-entering the key did it, just like you've said. So thanks once more! Activated and running fine, now I can forget about it all :) 8/11/2009 2:35 PM | Lux

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Ah, worked - thanks for the help with this.
Wierd issue 8/13/2009 4:13 AM | Sim

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That helped me out big time, thanks! 8/13/2009 5:32 PM | ZenDraL

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my name is dog. 8/25/2009 6:10 PM | semdsr

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Worked straight away, Thanks! So silly to have to re-enter the same 8/26/2009 1:31 AM | Mital Shah

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Worked for me too, many thanks! 9/6/2009 5:56 AM | Nick Lloyd

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It really works.... thank you!!! 9/10/2009 2:09 AM | Mervin

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http://www.vistaactivation.info/ seems to be down? What is the solution mentioned there? 9/10/2009 4:23 AM | Evert

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Thanks so much!! Worked right away - nice, easy solution for Win 7 Enterprise RTM. 9/19/2009 7:41 PM | Don

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Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B 9/23/2009 7:02 AM | boat

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thanks, appreciate the tip 9/29/2009 4:50 PM | ajax

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Worked on Windows 7 Enterprise x86! Many thanks! 10/3/2009 7:23 AM | Victor Zaharov

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hey, my problem is that i did install a new windows ( not from the original CD) , but after like a month,i had a msg saying that my activation period is expired and windows is no longer working. i tried retyping the product key ( looked for it on the internet) and typed it in, but it gave me this activation issue. i tried doing what u said, but i cant even right click on my computer! plz help 10/5/2009 12:17 AM | ray

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Brilliant - Solved my issue too! Many thanks for taking the time to put that article together! 10/7/2009 12:16 PM | Michael

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Thank you so much. I got Server 2008 from Microsoft Dreamspark and it wouldn't activate and this fixed it. :D 10/23/2009 2:34 PM | Cameron Gray

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Thanks! really funny though this "undocumented feature". I love M$ for these kind of things, they make you go mad and at the end you finish in tears (of laghter). 10/28/2009 9:43 AM | martial

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That was very helpfull! Thanks very much! 11/2/2009 11:22 AM | Chris

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Thanks for your Guideline. I am very happy for your trips.By Kalingaraj.R,Bangalore,9886447520 11/12/2009 1:54 AM | Kalingaraj

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Thanks it worked for me in Svr 2008 11/24/2009 5:41 PM | DAV

# re: Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B

The above failed for Windows 7 Professional. I used the key again and I still got the same error.

Code:
0x8007232B

Description:
DNS name does not exist. 12/7/2009 2:20 AM | Just VirtualizeIT

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Thanks a lot ! 12/18/2009 4:19 AM | Snap

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I could not proceed for activating my license from windows server 2008 1/25/2010 3:09 AM | glenskie

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Thank you - worked just as described for Svr 2008 2/4/2010 7:23 AM | Jon

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It would not work with me 2/24/2010 3:42 AM | gpm

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Just had the same problem with Windows 7 and this solution worked sweetly. Thanks 3/22/2010 3:12 PM | John Maxwell

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Had this problem with Win Srv 2008 R2 and it worked. Nice! 5/11/2010 1:51 PM | Fill

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I had presumed this was caused by me having Windows 2008 running as a VM, but fixed it by following this. Thank you! 5/17/2010 3:35 AM | Peter R

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Thank you. Worked perfect with 2008 R2 Enterprise. 6/18/2010 10:08 AM | Chris

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hey guys, with me it didn't work. I used a key finder to locate my win7 pro key but it doesn't work. tried your way but still didn't work. Any extended hepl please!!!! 8/30/2010 8:31 AM | PW Miller

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Thanks. The solution is magical. 8/31/2010 3:09 AM | Wale

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100 comments of "Thanks! It WORKED FOR ME" really does not help me - or make me trust it actually works. It would be useful if people would provide information if it did NOT work. 11/4/2010 10:06 AM | John Doe

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Work for me too !! Thanks. 2/10/2011 9:35 AM | Azeem

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@John Doe
Did your momma never teach you to say thank you?

Also, you don't trust it works and you need failure reports? Seriously?

A)What awful thing do you think it would do to your PC if it *didn't* work? Its *your* key!

B)why would 1 person comment on this 100 times? Its not like this guy is going to become famous because he shared a solution he googled.

Lrn2brain, plz 3/29/2011 11:44 PM | VMTech

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it is work with 7 - it's great so simple !
5/12/2011 3:44 PM | houseman

# re: Windows Server 2008 Activation Issue – 0x8007232B

This solution usually works. Sometime when this error happens, it is because a key was never entered. If you use a tool to recover the key from the OS and then re-enter it you will just get the same error. This is because Windows embeds a KMS client key if not key is entered during setup. This key will only activate to a KMS server on the same network.

In order to get activation to work you must find your actual key on the machine itself or use a MAK key from your organization. 6/27/2011 12:14 PM | Bryan

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These actually do work sometimes, but you will have to find an actual key. 11/7/2011 5:55 PM | IT Support Orange County

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Error code : 0x8007232B
Description: DNS name does not exist
how to get solution? please e-mail for me at: aiwhytats@gmail.com.

Thanks b4. 12/16/2011 10:03 PM | ai why

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I try to get activation through online , but it1s gets an error like 0x8007232B, 3/2/2012 11:39 PM | Mahesh

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Error code : 0x8007232B
Description: DNS name does not exist
how to get solution? please e-mail for me at: sahu_ashoke@yahoo.co.in 7/9/2012 4:48 PM | Ashoke Kumar Sahu

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my system is getting shutdown for every 2hours..when i viewed eventviewer it shows that windows is not activated due to the reason it gets shutdown every hour..Its windows server 2008..how can i activate it .please help me. 8/4/2012 11:16 PM | adnan

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Thank you very much. This solution solved the issue (MS Server 2008). MS' site wasn't really useful. 10/9/2013 5:52 AM | Adam Niklaus

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my product key activation 3/7/2015 3:33 AM | karthik

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