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NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
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Since we don't have any Groups here, I thought it might be useful to post what little I've learned about the tools available for Win8 Activation/Validation scenarios.

1) MGADIag will run - but is almost irrelevant, as much of the information it checks has moved
.
2) The tool which is replacing it is built-in to the OS - as LicensingDiag.exe.
It must be run under an Elevated Command Prompt (or Powershell) and requires two parameters
-report <filename>
-log <CAB filename>
Note that it will run with only the -report parameter, and produce the output file - but that it will then ingracfully crash. I hear that there are battles within MS to get it to behave better, or to default on any unentered parameters

3) The output is vastly different to that from MGADiag - and from what I've seen so far, is a lot less informative....


Here's the output from my current VM
Code:
<DiagReport>
<LicensingData>
  <ToolVersion>6.2.8250.0</ToolVersion>
  <LicensingStatus>SL_LICENSING_STATUS_LICENSED</LicensingStatus>
  <LicensingStatusReason>0x00000000</LicensingStatusReason>
  <LocalGenuineState>SL_GEN_STATE_IS_GENUINE</LocalGenuineState>
  <LocalGenuineResultP>1</LocalGenuineResultP>
  <LastOnlineGenuineResult>0x00000000</LastOnlineGenuineResult>
  <GraceTimeMinutes>0</GraceTimeMinutes>
  <TotalGraceDays>0</TotalGraceDays>
  <ValidityExpiration>2013-01-15T23:59:59Z</ValidityExpiration>
  <ActivePartialProductKey>4YR-GMH79-4JKVJ</ActivePartialProductKey>
  <ActiveProductKeyPid2>00127-83180-48150-AA752</ActiveProductKeyPid2>
  <OSVersion>6.2.8250.2.00010100.0.0.074</OSVersion>
  <ProductName>Windows 8 Consumer Preview</ProductName>
  <ProcessorArchitecture>x86</ProcessorArchitecture>
  <EditionId>Prerelease</EditionId>
  <BuildLab>8250.winmain_win8beta.120217-1520</BuildLab>
  <TimeZone>GMT Standard Time(GMT)</TimeZone>
  <ActiveSkuId>9d0bb49b-21a1-4354-9981-ec5dd9393961</ActiveSkuId>
  <ActiveSkuDescription>Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel</ActiveSkuDescription>
  <ProductUniquenessGroups>55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f</ProductUniquenessGroups>
  <ActiveProductKeyPKeyId>1a0f9616-2bb6-71be-61fc-5f1a5e457557</ActiveProductKeyPKeyId>
  <ActiveProductKeyPidEx>03612-01278-318-048150-00-2057-8250.0000-0622012</ActiveProductKeyPidEx>
  <ActiveProductKeyChannel>Retail</ActiveProductKeyChannel>
  <ActiveVolumeCustomerPid></ActiveVolumeCustomerPid>
  <OfflineInstallationId>147229537794459184326257948167041540076176142582526942923943205</OfflineInstallationId>
  <DomainJoined>false</DomainJoined>
  <ComputerSid>S-1-5-21-1854824834-300440695-3344265929</ComputerSid>
  <ProductLCID>1033</ProductLCID>
  <UserLCID>2057</UserLCID>
  <SystemLCID>1033</SystemLCID>
  <CodeSigning>SIGNED_INFO_PRS_SIGNED</CodeSigning>
  <ServiceAvailable>true</ServiceAvailable>
  <OemMarkerVersion></OemMarkerVersion>
  <OemId></OemId>
  <OemTableId></OemTableId>
  <Manufacturer>innotek GmbH</Manufacturer>
  <Model>VirtualBox</Model>
  <InstallDate>20120302213705.000000+000</InstallDate>
</LicensingData>
<HealthCheck>
  <Result>PASS</Result>
  <TamperedItems></TamperedItems>
</HealthCheck>
<GenuineAuthz>
  <ServerProps>GenuineId=55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f;OemId=;OptionalInfoId=;Pid=tV4Cnq8pd4MRvbmHPEgZaZOpcbzTXkGgBOSngWnNxB4=;SkuId=9d0bb49b-21a1-4354-9981-ec5dd9393961;TimeStampServer=2012-03-09T13:23:13Z;</ServerProps>
</GenuineAuthz>
</DiagReport>

Note the lack of a File MisMatch section particularly. I've had problems getting anything to come up in the TamperedItems section of the report without physically changing files - permissions seem to make little difference, and many of the files that I expected to be tracked don't appear to be, and the error messages that appear in the MGADiag File Mismatch section don't appear in the TamperedItems list when a file is detected as tampered - so you have no idea where to start looking for a problem.

Obviously, there's no Office section, since the OGA program went its own way at the launch of O2010.

As far as validation goes, it appears to be 'normal' - but the normal manual validation methods don't operate.
Going to www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate I get an Unsupported OS error.
Attempting to download WinXP Mode, I get directed to a mess :)

Downloading a WGA-required item from the Download Center, validation appears to work as normal.

HTH - I'll add more when I know more.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus K52F
    CPU
    i3
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    it's an i3 :)
    Sound Card
    Conexant (rubbish - or it may be the speakers)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Internet Speed
    whatever I can get - G3

usasma

Mr. Cranky Pants
VIP Member
Guru
I realize that this is an older post, but was wondering if there's been any progress in detecting pirated copies of Windows 8/8.1?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Samsung/NP780
    CPU
    Came with the laptop (i7 of some sort)
    Motherboard
    Pretty sure that it has one, but haven't checked inside the case!
    Memory
    upgraded to 12 gB from 8 gB
    Graphics Card(s)
    has switchable - Intel/ATI - Used wrong drivers, now ATI card is inop :( Will have to fix it soon!
    Sound Card
    I'm nearly deaf, so this isn't used often
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Touchscreen on laptop/32" Toshiba on HDMI (laid the Sharp TV on a mouse and cracked the screen!)
    Screen Resolution
    800x600
    Hard Drives
    One Samsung 1tB drive - 5400 rpm. Gonna switch to a 7200/10000 rpm or an SSD (if I can find $500 for a 1tB SSD!)
    - Switched to 500 gB Samsung 840 series SSD - WOW!!!
    PSU
    Why do we ask this for laptops?
    Case
    Silver with a neat Samsung logo
    Cooling
    sub-par, gotta get around to working on it soon Worked on it - still sub-par! :(
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural - the same one I've used since it orignally came out around 1995
    Mouse
    no Mouse - Trackball!!!!
    Internet Speed
    too slow when I'm waiting for a download to finish
    Browser
    Yes, I use this (Firefox mostly, w/IE next most)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Windows Firewall
    Other Info
    I'm handsome and a snappy dresser :0)

NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
VIP Member
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Not as far as I personally am concerned - I have quite enough to deal with at present, with Win7 :)
Adding WU problems for SF has meant that I have little time to delve into Win 8 - and little inclination to try.
I'll have to get to is soon, though, as the Win7 traffic dies down - which is happening noticeably now, at least in the MS WGA forums.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus K52F
    CPU
    i3
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    it's an i3 :)
    Sound Card
    Conexant (rubbish - or it may be the speakers)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Internet Speed
    whatever I can get - G3

usasma

Mr. Cranky Pants
VIP Member
Guru
Thanks Noel! I'll keep my eye out for further posts here!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Samsung/NP780
    CPU
    Came with the laptop (i7 of some sort)
    Motherboard
    Pretty sure that it has one, but haven't checked inside the case!
    Memory
    upgraded to 12 gB from 8 gB
    Graphics Card(s)
    has switchable - Intel/ATI - Used wrong drivers, now ATI card is inop :( Will have to fix it soon!
    Sound Card
    I'm nearly deaf, so this isn't used often
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Touchscreen on laptop/32" Toshiba on HDMI (laid the Sharp TV on a mouse and cracked the screen!)
    Screen Resolution
    800x600
    Hard Drives
    One Samsung 1tB drive - 5400 rpm. Gonna switch to a 7200/10000 rpm or an SSD (if I can find $500 for a 1tB SSD!)
    - Switched to 500 gB Samsung 840 series SSD - WOW!!!
    PSU
    Why do we ask this for laptops?
    Case
    Silver with a neat Samsung logo
    Cooling
    sub-par, gotta get around to working on it soon Worked on it - still sub-par! :(
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural - the same one I've used since it orignally came out around 1995
    Mouse
    no Mouse - Trackball!!!!
    Internet Speed
    too slow when I'm waiting for a download to finish
    Browser
    Yes, I use this (Firefox mostly, w/IE next most)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Windows Firewall
    Other Info
    I'm handsome and a snappy dresser :0)

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