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How to activate ESET Version 8 using an Activation Code

Description: This article will show you the procedure for activating ESET Version 8 with an activation key (previously referred to as a serial number). This activation key will either be included with a retail packaged product version of ESET or will have been received via email after purchasing an ESET renewal online.

  1. Open the ESET software by clicking the ESET icon in the lower right corner of your desktop screen (this may include checking in your hidden icons here).
    Windows System Tray ESET Icon
  2. Click on Open ESET.
    ESET Icon Program Menu
  3. On the left side choose the Setup tab, then on the right side of the setup window click on Product activation.
    ESET Home Screen, Setup, Product Activation
  4. This brings you to Product Activation Type. Select Activate using an Activation key then click Next.
    ESET Product Activation, Activation Key
  5. Enter your new activation key in the Activation Key window, then proceed to fill out the rest of the activation page. When you are finished, click the Activate button.
    ESET Activation Entry Form
  6. Click Finish when activation is complete.