Q. How can I force the Windows activation dialog to activate via phone from the command line?

A. Slui.exe can be passed a numeric value to force a certain type of activation. Phone-based activation is 4. For example,

slui 4

Other values include:

  • 1 - Show activation status
  • 2 - Activation via the Internet
  • 3 - Prompt for a new key
  • 4 - Launch activation via phone
  • 5 - Prompt for activation and show all methods except Internet
  • 6 - Launch activation wizard
  • 7 - Prompt for activation emulating last day to activate
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