Windows could not be activated

After installing Windows Server 2008 to one of my development server I got the following error: Windows could not be activated.

Exact details of error:

Windows could not be activated.


DNS name does not exist.

As it turns out this is problem with volume licensing. You have to activate your Windows by inserting key again (Control Panel –> System). After that activation succeeds. As you can read from Chapter Zero then this error occurs also with Windows Vista.

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  • 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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