Windows 8 – Troubleshooting Licensing with licensingdiag.exe

Should you encounter problems with activating Windows 8 or Server 2012 then have a look at the new added command-line tool licensingdiag.exe.

To run licensingdiag.exe open a command prompt and enter the following command:

licensingdiag.exe -report c:\data\licensing\licenserep.xml -log c:\data\licensing\license.cab

This will create a log file and a CAB file. The log file is an XML type file that contains various information about the client, the OS and its licensing status. The CAB file contains a copy of the log file, a file called tokenstore.dat (I was unable to find any information about its purpose) and a Diagevents.evtx that contains a dump of License related events and can be opened using Eventviewer.

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