Can’t activate Windows 7 properly! (slui.exe – 0x80072EE2)

Ok, you have problems to activate Windows 7, right?


Either you are getting the error codeEE2 or the system can’t find your slui.exe (the exe that is required to activate win7).

I have a solution!

If you are running the AVG (best choice so far) firewall it will block the slui.exe and you will not be able to activate Windows 7. To disable the firewall process you need admin privileges.

First of all you will have to learn how to activate the hidden administrator account in Windows 7:

Activating the hidden admin account

Goto “Start” and enter “cmd” into the search

field.Do not just hit enter. Hold CTRL + Shift and hit Enter! That’s the shortcut to run this as an admin.

Enter the command you can see above:
net user administrator /active:yes

This will activate the hidden admin account.

Switch Users

Simply switch the user account now (Start – select from pulldown menu “shutdown” -> “switch users”.) and you will see the admin account!

Click on the admin icon to switch to that user. Once you are logged in you can disable your firewall which blocked the slui.exe!

Disabling the firewall service

Open the task-manager. Select the tab “services” and locate the AVG firewall service by hitting the key “a” several times. Search for AVGfws8 – right-click -> turn it off.

Activating Windows .. finally

Now open the cmd.exe again (as described above) and enter “slui.exe” to run it. Activate Windows. Done!

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68 Responses to Can’t activate Windows 7 properly! (slui.exe – 0x80072EE2)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    James Daveis said:

    Thanks, that helped me out. I had same issue except McAffee was blocking it on mine. Turned off firewall and sure enough it worked !! Good guide

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    admin said:

    You are welcome :)
    Firewalls can be annoying, but better safe than sorry.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Guy said:

    Thanks for the tip! I just needed to disable the AVG firewall for the Activation to succeed.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ian said:

    What is the STRG button ??

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Well, what keyboard do you use? A keyboard from europe, usa has a “STRG” key right below “Shift” or left of “Windows-key”.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Sorry, that was confusing .. US keyboard obviously has a CTRL key not a STRG key. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Juan Carlos Sosa said:

    Excellent, I got it to work, the Microsoft Activation Key, I am currently using McAfee and I just disable the Firewall for 30 mins.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    I get an access denied error when I type the command?

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Hi David,
    which Build are you running and do you already have an admin account?

    This could be a permission issue, try to type in cmd into the search field then right-click on “cmd” and select “run as admin”.
    Then it should work. Let me know if it works.

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    Hi

    Thanks for the response. There is no “run as admin” to select from when I right-click.

    I am running Build 7100

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Well, you have to run it as an administrator. Did you enter cmd and then hold STRG+Shift+Enter? That’s the shortcut to run it as an admin.

    If it doesn’t work try to do a right-click on cmd.exe and select properties. Then make sure you have the rights to run it (can be found under “security”->”your username” (e.g. david).

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    Hi

    When I try to run slui.exe it says the command is not recognised, I removed the .bak from the slui.exe.bak file but not i get an error saying to phone to activate.

    Any ideas?

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Renaming slui.exe.bak to slui.exe was correct if there was no file slui.exe before.
    *.bak stands for backup and it’s weird that there was only slui.exe.bak

    Actually it’s not error what you get, you are supposed to activate it..wasn’t that your intention? You can do that via internet too.

    Let me make this very clear:
    You run the slui.exe to activate Windows 7. If you get a message: activate via phone, then it’s working! Simply select activation via internet and you are fine.

  14. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    H said:

    when I log in to the administrator account that came out, they ask me for a password. I have not set any password whatsoever so does anyone know the problem???

    please help out thanks

  15. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    Hi

    I actually get an error (0×80070422) The service cannot be started….

  16. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Have you tried what I suggested? You need full rights to access the file.
    You need to take ownership of slui.exe and activate the hidden admin account.

    Seriously, you will fix this if you activate the admin account.

    Do this:
    - log into REAL admin account
    - enter services.msc into search field
    - right-click on “Windows Update” and select properties
    - Make sure to start the service and select “automatic”

  17. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Also try to set the “Windows Modules Installer” to manual startup (you will also find it in the services list).

    Services.msc => list of all services
    scroll down or type “W” to go to the “W” services like Windows Update

  18. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    David said:

    I’ve done all that but getting the same error?

  19. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Has it worked before? Which firewall did you install?

    Try to shutdown everything that could possibly block the connection, double-check that you have all rights to run it.

    Other than that
    a) you could be infected
    b) your slui.exe somehow got deleted and the slui.exe.bak is not working properly

    try to get another copy of the slui.exe or do a system repair.

    c) do some research
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=windows+7+0%C3%9780070422&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g10&fp=bzg5UT93e2g

  20. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Meysam said:

    Help me.
    I have a problem.
    I am see the error 0*80072EE2.
    Activating Windows(R)7,Ultimate edition.
    (bfb306747c9a-4624-9309-9914cfd5b05c)…
    On computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ‘slui.exe 0*2a 0*80072EE2′ to display the error text.
    error:0*80072EE2.
    Please Help Me.

  21. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Tuffy said:

    Hi,

    Thanks for your help, but this is what i got, error code: 0xC004E003 and can’t activate the OS (Windows 7).

  22. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rocknjulius said:

    Thanks for the solution!!! It helps me activating windows 7.. ^^

  23. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rocknjulius said:

    What happen to my system, it come back to trial mode…. please help me!!!

  24. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    vik said:

    I still cant understand what is this STRG ???

    Im an asian ,so you cant say its below shift
    what does it stand for
    could you tell this thing
    is this control
    if it is
    then its not working

  25. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Yes, sorry for the confusion STRG = CTRL

    And it should work. If not, try to right-click on it and click on “run as administrator”.

    If that doesn’t work look on this site for a post “activate hidden hidden admin acount” and then run it on the admin account after activating it.

  26. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    For anyone else who has problems activating it, might want to look into this:
    http://windows7themes.net/disable-windows-7-expiration.html

  27. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    vik said:

    I get error
    0×80072EE7
    what is it
    It says on a windows running non core edition cant find slui.exe 0×80072EE7

  28. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jack said:

    dont go :(
    prblem with windows error code 0xc004e003

  29. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mauro said:

    hi,
    I didn’t get the last passage

    “Activating Windows .. finally
    Now open the cmd.exe again (as described above) and enter “slui.exe” to run it. Activate Windows. Done!”

    how do i activate windows?

  30. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Simply open the control panel. At the bottom it says “Activate Windows Now” .. just click on that

  31. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    PeeWee said:

    Hi i have a problem to. when i try to activate this error is coming up for me: The following information was found for this error
    Code: 0xC004C008

    Description
    The activation server determenied that the specified product key could not be used.

    I`ve done everything you wrote but i cant find AVGfws8 file in
    task manager. dont know what to do.

  32. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Sean said:

    Thanks Oliver, I was running Webroot and was getting the error. Disabled the firewall for a few minutes and activated with no problem.

  33. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rana said:

    when i was tryin to log into my admin account created through the above process its asking for a password.i did not give any password to the code…i don know wat to do..plz help me….

  34. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    have you tried leaving the password field blank? Are you sure you did not set a user password?

  35. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rana said:

    nice to see that u reply on my query ..
    yes i have tried leaving the password field blank.but it says wrong password or username.and i am very sure that i have not put any password in it.

  36. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    did you see the tutorial that I wrote for you? http://windows7themes.net/reset-admin-password-windows-7.html .. I hope that helps.

    If you have a backup I would simply reset the password.

  37. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rana said:

    thanx olive….with your tutorial i am able to get into the admin account…i disables my avast antivirus,windows firewall,windows defender,and software protection.and tried to use toolkit 1.8.
    but at the end it came up with an error.
    oxc004c020
    The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit.
    this was the error code…

  38. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    which toolkit are you talking about?

    I found this at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938450

    Error code 0xC004C020

    Symptom
    When you try to use a MAK to activate one or more computers, you may receive the following error message:
    0xC004C020
    The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit.

    Cause
    The MAK has exceeded the activation limit. By design, MAKs have a limited number of activations.
    Workaround
    Contact the PA Call Center to obtain a new MAK or to increase the activation limit on the existing MAK.

    So, according to them you should call their call center in Pennsylvania? Funny. MAK stands for Multiple Activation Key.

    You need to reactivate your Volume (Volume Activation):
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation.aspx

    Are you using Windows 7 Enterprise? I’d try to contact Microsoft directly then.

  39. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sam said:

    hey i have a problem i just 1 day left for my activation please help me out dude….system 5 has error occurred.

  40. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    you’re most likely on a RC client right? You can’t activate that client, you have to buy Windows 7 and do a clean install. An update is possible but clearly VERY problematic and I wouldn’t bother.

  41. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Umar said:

    Man it says after 80% request time out
    HELP ME

  42. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    raj said:

    hi
    I just tried what you said but it showed a message while activating the net admin.
    “system error 5 has accord
    access denied”.
    can you help me fixing it.

  43. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sama said:

    Hi Soliver,
    Help me out here. I m running dreamscene on windows 7 os and all test on my desktop have become transparent. can u help out.

  44. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    @raj, did you open an elevated command prompt? Read this to find out how: http://windows7themes.net/how-to-open-elevated-command-prompt-in-windows-7.html

    @Sama, what exactly is not working? Please post on our forums if you have a problem that is not related to activating Windows 7.

  45. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    azizi_ro7 said:

    what is the meaning of ‘ the program can’t start because sppcommdlg.dll is missing from your computer’??I can’t run slui.exe because of this

  46. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Azizi that file is needed for the Software Licensing UI API. If you want to make it work, I would try to repair your system files using sfc.exe

    Read this:
    http://windows7themes.net/how-to-repair-windows-7-sytem-files.html

  47. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    envy said:

    what if i want to hActivate windows7 so that that annoying ‘not genuine’ popup doesnt show..

  48. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    rod said:

    can i activate windows 7 enterprise offline??

  49. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Yes you can activate Windows 7 offline via phone support.

    Run slui.exe as described above, select your country, write down the phone number, call the support, wait and get help to activate Windows offline. Should be easy and the support is usually very friendly, I had to call there sometimes.. so don’t worry they’ll guide you through it.

  50. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    geophy said:

    hey sOliver, i was using the eset smart essential AV… .can you help me with my problem about my OS… .every 2 hours, my laptop will be reboot or restart..some of my friends said that i dont have a license on my oS…. please if you have time, mail me… geo_cutielyza@yahoo.com

    thanks!

  51. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    brain said:

    hi guys, can you help me, please,

    I’ve same error and the error like this…

    On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ‘slui.exe 0x2a 0×80070424′ to display the error text.
    Error: 0×80070424

    My antivirus is Kaspersky Internet Security and my win7 have build 7600

  52. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    @geophy your friend was right, you need a license for Windows 7.

    @brain have you tried disabling Kaspersky before running slui.exe?

  53. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Kiowa said:

    Pleasseeeeeeee need help….
    I cant activate windows, tried several stuff…..

    Got original CD, and key……but still cant activate it…..
    Keep getting message saying that this key can no longer be used….dont know why….

  54. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sorrow said:

    Hello !!! When I go to Admin account and enter slui.exe in cmd it says : Access is denied.
    Can you tell me what is the problem.

  55. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    KNIGHT said:

    slui.exe is not recognised as internal or external command. or batch file…
    after trying the above procedure
    i am not using any antivirus

  56. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    uttam kumar said:

    A problem occured when windows tried to activate.Error Code Ox80072EE2 ,I could not activate my product gcb42-4yddg-pxxv4-r4jg6-j4th4.
    pls reply me soon

  57. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    alo_alo said:

    Hello,

    I’ve tried this and it didn’t work but that’s not a problem. I wanted to disable the “Administrator” account and I did, by typing: “net user administrator /active:no”.
    But it still appears before loading Windows when started a laptop (asks me with which user account I want to log in).
    Please help, how can I make it disappear?
    Thanks in advance.

  58. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    alo, do you type it in without the quotes? You can see how to do it properly here

  59. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    alo_alo said:

    Uh, it’s ok now. Last night I restarted laptop few times but it still appeared. Now I turned the laptop and the other account didn’t appear, so everything is ok now.
    Thanks for reply, I really appreciate it.

    P.S. Yeah, I typed it without the quotes.

  60. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jay said:

    when i start my laptop then one message window open of your window is genuine please activate your window online so how to remove this message window ?

  61. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mary Morin said:

    Hi,

    When I hit control/shift/enter I get this in the command window:

    c:\Windows\system32

    with an arrow after the 32, so I can’t put anything in there. Also, I couldn’t find the exact AVG file you referenced, but another – AVG Watchdog, and disabled it. Any other advice

  62. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Mary, enter cmd.exe into the search bar on your Start menu

    then right-click on the cmd.exe and click on Run as administrator

    Then type the command seen above. This should do the trick

  63. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mary Morin said:

    Hi Oliver,

    Thanks for that, I did what you said – I had done it before also – but the windows\system\32 comes up in the window, and when I type in slui.exe, the window pops up that says “the program can’t start because sppcommdlg,dll is missing from my computer!!”

  64. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    George said:

    Hi,

    Whatever I do with the firewall, the slui.exe file remains locked (with the icon of two keys to stress). Also, if I click on ‘Activate windows’ in the Control panel / System, I am told: ‘Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have appropriate permission to access the item.’

    I am the Administrator (and the only user.) What may cause this, is this file possibly missing ? Can I download it from somewhere, and if so would it work properly ?

    Thanks,
    George

  65. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ghadir said:

    hi,
    i have the same problem with the slui.exe. i read somewhere that this is an anti virus problem so i removed the avg but the problem persist :( i was trying to follow your steps but i dn’t have avg any longer and the slui.exe is still not working i’m getting “Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.”
    do you have any idea what the solution might be? or at least what is the problem! thankssss in advance.

  66. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Sofie said:

    Guys,

    Could you help us out ?

    We have the same error on our computer, but besides an empty window nothings starts anymore (so no start button etc).
    I rebooted in safe mode with cmd prompt and executed the steps shown above. AVG is stopped
    Slui.exe is present and if i execute it in cmd window it seems fine, however nothing happens the computer doesn’t react… (just goes to next line of cmd prompt

    Any ideas ?

    Sofie

  67. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Oliver Krautscheid said:

    Try to completely remove AVG

    Also run sfc.exe to make sure your DLL files are repaired

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