Windows 8 Activation Error : The filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect

When trying to activate my Windows 8 , I received this error screen :

First thing to do was to ask Google for help 😉

And I found that the problem is documented in this Microsoft Support Article.

To resolve the problem, follow these instructions :

  1. Open the  command prompt and run it as an administrator.
  2. Type the following command: slmgr.vbs /ipk  XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX ( 5*5 X is your product Key)

3. You should see this pop up window within a few seconds :

 

Now if you go back to the Control Panel and try to activate

You will receive this message

Now enjoy your Windows 8 🙂

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About rabeb

Rabeb is a software engineer , fan of the latest .Net technologies, playing with Metro style applications for Win8 at work . In her spare time,she plays with Metro Style apps for Windows Phone.

Posted on August 30, 2012, in Windows 8 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Thanks a lot it helped

  2. its work – Thank you!

  3. Worked great …. thanks for posting

  4. It does not worked

  5. Hi there Rabeb, I am done with commanding. Still gives me the same error.
    Any solution?
    Thankyou.

    Bilawal Ali.

  6. When i try to activate. “windows couldn’t be activated” . what should i do? please help!

  7. Thanks, worked like a charm!

    Osanda, you are using a valid product key for W8 correct? Do you get any error codes?

  8. THANKS FOR THE INFO BUT WHEN I TRIED IT IT TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED ELEVATED PRIVILEDGES. BUT I CAN’T RUN ANYTHING AS AN ADMINISTRATOR. THE YES BUTTON IS DISABLED. ITS SAYS THE EXTENDED ATTRIBUTE ARE INCONSISTENT

    THIS IS FRUSTRATING I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME

  9. from all indications i can’t run anyting as administrator including “cmd” please some should help me

  10. Thanks dude it worked, yippee…..

  11. Thanks — saved me a bunch of time!

  12. harsha vardhan

    thank u so much for the info 😉 😉

  13. Thank you. This worked perfectly.

  14. Thanks It worked like a charm. Simple steps 🙂

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