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  1. #131


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    The ei.cfg file didn't work for me, had to use the ISO and enter my Laptop OEM key after installation.
    That's right.

    The ei.cfg is for OS selection menu where you can select something else than PRO. Afterwards you'll still need to insert the key.

    I've heard you need another file, pid.txt that should contain your key to be selected automatically.

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  2. #132


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    The ei.cfg file didn't work for me, had to use the ISO and enter my Laptop OEM key after installation.
    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    The ei.cfg did work.
    That's right.

    The ei.cfg is for OS selection menu where you can select something else than PRO. Afterwards you'll still need to insert the key.

    I've heard you need another file, pid.txt that should contain your key to be selected automatically.
    No point of having ei.cfg & pid.txt, as the pid.txt(with a 8.1 key) would override the ei.cfg & install the version the Product key is for.
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  3. #133


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


    The ISO's are multiedition, core and Pro. With no ei.cfg file the edition that gets installed is solely dependent on what product code you enter. There is no selection menu so you can't skip entering a code because it then doesn't know what edition to install. That's why there are core and Pro "installation" keys on the go. The installation keys are blocked by the activation servers. The other wrinkle is the RTM ISO's will not accept a Windows 8 key during the install. They only work after you have it installed and then want to activate. Adding the ei.cfg file restores the selection menu. I added one to one of my install thumb drives and then had the option to "skip" entering a product code during the install. Adding a PID.txt and putting in a Windows 8.0 product code likely won't work. I haven't tried that myself.
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  4. #134


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Was thinking that the ei.cfg file would let you install without entering the 'version key' that's been around, letting you choose the version and entering the Win8 key after installation. Had a little issue getting the correct Win8 OEM key from my new laptop.

    This is the error message I got using the ei.cfg file.

    Click image for larger version

    This appeared after checking for updates, then starting for about 2 seconds, no other choices.
    So it does require a key or indicator for which version to install.
    Last edited by Dave76; 14 Sep 2013 at 22:33.
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  5. #135


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Core


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    Was thinking that the ei.cfg file would let you install without entering the 'version key' that's been around, letting you choose the version and entering the Win8 key after installation. Had a little issue getting the correct Win8 OEM key from my new laptop.

    This is the error message I got using the ei.cfg file.

    Click image for larger version

    This appeared after checking for updates, then starting for about 2 seconds, no other choices.
    So it does require a key or indicator for which version to install.
    Not my experience. You have to use OEM in the ei.cfg as I posted earlier. Then, you use your own OEM key to activate. Many applications cannot properly read your own purchased OEM key properly as I believe it's encrypted, but the application referred to ealier in this thread called "RW" can read it properly. Hope that helps.
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  6. #136


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    I downloaded and installed the leaked version on a spare 32GB SSD. There are 2 activation keys listed with one being for "CORE" and the other for "Win 8.1 Pro." I used the key for Win 8.1 Pro but when I tried to activate using my upgrade key it fails with a message something like "can't be used with this version."
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  7. #137


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    Was thinking that the ei.cfg file would let you install without entering the 'version key' that's been around, letting you choose the version and entering the Win8 key after installation. Had a little issue getting the correct Win8 OEM key from my new laptop.

    This is the error message I got using the ei.cfg file.

    Click image for larger version

    This appeared after checking for updates, then starting for about 2 seconds, no other choices.
    So it does require a key or indicator for which version to install.
    Hi Dave

    When upgrading from the desktop with the ei.cfg file, you will receive the error message.

    Delete the ei.cfg file & use a Windows 8.1 product key.

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    Ray.
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  8. #138


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post
    I used the key for Win 8.1 Pro but when I tried to activate using my upgrade key it fails with a message something like "can't be used with this version."
    Just a suggestion:

    Try to insert your key with (elevated) command prompt: slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (replace the Xs with your key).
    This may return a fail message or not but just make sure to check the System properties window and see if your key is inserted below and try to activate then.
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  9. #139


    "Something happened."

    To think that some bonehead developer walking the face of the earth actually coded that.

    -jeff
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  10. #140


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I can promise you that this wasn't a boneheaded developer. It was probably a so-called User Experience expert who, based on various statistics, focus groups, and polling his pet lizard felt that this was the most user friendly thing to do.
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