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I am trying to activate a new copy of Windows 8 Pro. When clicking on the Activate button in the Windows Activation screen comes back with:

DNS name does not exist

Windows 8 Activation Error

How can I go ahead an activate Windows 8?

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Microosoft Knowledge Base 929826 article suggests it's looking for a KMS host server.

There's a method listed on that article that shows you how to use your MAK instead:

  1. Run the command prompt as an administrator
  2. Enter slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx where xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx is your product key.

Then try activating again.

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Prefect! It was the case since they only offer VL downloads for Pro at the moment. –  Diago Aug 18 '12 at 12:38

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