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Windows Server 2008 activation issue

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Hello - we recently upgraded a Windows 2003 server to Windows 2008 Server, and are having trouble activating it.  We bought a single license for it, but it did not ask for the license key during the upgrade, and now it is complaining it cannot activate due to not being able to find a KMS server on the network, and there is no where I can see to put in out product key.  Not sure what to do for this scenario, and any help would be appreciated.  Thank you!
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1. Open an elevated command prompt.
To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

2 At the command prompt, type Regedit.exe and then press Enter.

3 go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SL\Activation.

4 In the tree pane, click Activation, and then right-click the Manual value.

5. In the Value data box, type 1 and then click OK.
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Great - let me try those.  standby
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Editing the registry to manual and then entering the key worked.  Thanks very much for your help!
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