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Upgrade Key and Full Install Disc

  1. #11


    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    That still had nothing to with wiping a disk clean so data can't be recovered. Something like Active Killdisk is used when a person wants to wipe a drive clean they are selling on eBay, or something of that nature.

    My concern was, in the past, when you'd do a second install...the upgrade of an upgrade...Windows kept files from the first install, as well as the second. I'm already starting with a blank drive...but I don't want a duplicate install of Windows 8...or files left from the first install...then other files by the refreshed install. I wasn't finding documentation on what is happening when you choose the refresh option.

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  2. #12


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Yes, as I said, I read you too literally.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Someone mentioned in another thread (can't find it at the moment) that if you add the correct ei.cfg file you can install without having to enter a product key. It would normally be in the sources folder.
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  4. #14


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    I see some think on that line, but after install, when you do put in key will not activate.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you enter a valid key it should activate. If you enter a black listed key Windows will accept it but fail activation. If you use the key Microsoft gave you it should activate OK. This ei.cfg is supposed to work with Win 8 Pro.

    [EditionID]
    Professional
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
    0

    The way I read it a generic default Product code will be used that will not activate so you're not cheating activation. You'll end up in a trial mode like you would if you didn't enter a product code during a Windows 7 install.
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  6. #16


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    Find the thread.

    How to install Windows 8 without product key


    Quote Originally Posted by rick
    I tried the ei.cfg method and when I went to activate with my technet acquired serial, I received an error saying that activation was not possible.

    So yes you can install without a key, but it seems that activation isn’t possible if you do it this way.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, I stand corrected, looks like it my not work. I haven't had an opportunity to actually try it myself.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 21 Nov 2012 at 14:54.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    OK, I stand corrected, looks like it doesn't work. I haven't had an opportunity to actually try it myself.
    Not corrected, just more Info.

    Not tested myself.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Find the thread.

    How to install Windows 8 without product key


    Quote Originally Posted by rick
    I tried the ei.cfg method and when I went to activate with my technet acquired serial, I received an error saying that activation was not possible.

    So yes you can install without a key, but it seems that activation isnt possible if you do it this way.
    He was probably using a volume licensing key.

    Ei.cfg should be

    [Channel]
    Retail

    [VL]
    0

    Worked for a fresh install I made with a freshly rolled windows 8 & WMC disc.

    See http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thr...enter-manually
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  10. #20


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    As an update, I finally got around to trying my upgrade key on a clean install using a full (non-upgrade) disc. My key was accepted, and the install completed, however, I say the same Product ID not available screen under Computer Properties. So, as far as I can tell, it isn't any different, whether you use an upgrade disc or full disc with an upgrade key...you still need to follow the steps in Brink's tutorial to activate it.
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