A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0x8007232B

You may have encountered an issue when trying to activate your copy of Windows Server 2008 R2.


Select Activate now.


Select Activate Windows online now.


You get this error message, with Error Code 0x8007232B.

To get around this problem, open an elevated command prompt and type the following command:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx


Where the x’s are your license key.

After you have done that,  you can active successfully.

This information is taken from Microsoft KB929826

Enable advanced performance, what’s the deal?

So, on my laptop, a HP 8510w running Windows Vista Ultimate x64, I did enable the advanced performance option in the Policies for the disk:



What I hoped for was a blasting performance increase that would blow me away.  I enabled it and let it on for a couple of weeks. To my disappointment, I didn’t notice much of an improvement. So today, I disabled it back to default. And let me say this: the performance now is a lot better. Everything is snappier, program starts quicker, everything feels a lot smoother.

I didn’t expect that.

So, really what’s the deal here? Maybe this explains a lot.

My suggestion is to let it be disabled.