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Activation and validation problems - discuss

  1. #1


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)

    Activation and validation problems - discuss


    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.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,139
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    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?
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  3. #3


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    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.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,139
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    Thanks Noel! I'll keep my eye out for further posts here!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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