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installing Windows 8.1 without a product key

Azdebuzz

New Member
Hello all,

There is a well documented method to legally install Windows 8.1 when you do not have the product key.

It implies using an "ei.cfg " file (saved as an " All files " format and not as a txt file) that contains the following words :

[Edition ID]
Professional
[channel]
Retail
[VL]
0

And you insert that file in the " sources " folder of your Windows installation iso image folders.

It seems to work for a lot of people.

I used to be able to insert that ei.cfg file in the sources folder as indicated above.
But I'm incapable of inserting that file today for an unknown reason.

I get a message saying there is not enough space in the iso image.

Please see the screenshot below as an attachment to this threadScreenshot (3784).png

Which is untrue. I have more than enough space.
Unless the iso image shrunk and has become " rigid" somehow....

Has anyone encountered that problem before ?

Many thanks for your time
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Dv6
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Mc Afee

mrjimphelps

"Phelps Helps"
I have never heard of a legal way to install Windows when you don't have a product key. The product key proves that your copy is legal.

With the OEM version of Windows, the product key is embedded in the computer, so you don't have to manually enter it. But it is still there.

The only exception to this that I have ever heard of is if you have Windows 7, and you want to install XP Mode. When you do this, Microsoft gives you a free copy of XP for XP mode - you don't have to purchase an XP license.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (host OS) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (virtual machine)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3847
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    12 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Windows Defender (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house.

Azdebuzz

New Member
mrjimhelps :
Many thanks.

Well noted
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Dv6
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB RAM
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Mc Afee

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