Can someone help me get a bootable Win 8 Pro US ISO?

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  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    My laptop came with Windows 8 preinstalled so I fotted my SSD and installed Windows 7

    Now in the future if I ever want to install Windows 8 it is not working because the key built into my BIOS is for the Standard Windows 8 whereas the DVD I have is a Windows 8 Pro DVD so when I first run the installer, it says Windows cannot be installed because it cannot a valid key

    What the people on the forums told me is that I need to insert my Win 8 Pro key as a PID.txt file and put it in the sources folder of the DVD

    here is my problems:

    1) When I extracted my current DVD which is bootable BTW to an ISO, then used MagicISO to add the PID.TXT file and save it again.... after I burned that modified image the DVD was not bootable so it was no good for me

    2) I need a fresh Windows 8 Pro US edition untouched

    3) can someone give me step by steps of how to add the PID.txt into the ISO and still have it bootable or how to burn the ISO in a bootable fashion?

    thanks
     
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  2. urie

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    #2 urie, Jul 11, 2013
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    Do not extract the iso open it with UltraISO ( I don't trust magiciso ) and add your PID.TXT file to sources folder and save or burn to dvd.
    1: Create a new text file and copy paste the text below inside and save the file as PID.TXT

    [PID]
    Value='Enter Product Key Here'

    do not enter the brackets i,e use Value=xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

    Rather than pid you could try adding ei.cfg file
    Code:
    [Channel]
    volume
    
    [VL]
    1 
    then that will give you option to select windows 8 or windows 8 pro.
     
  3. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Have you missed the sticky??

    If your lappy comes with Pro, then an untouched MSDN copy of Windows 8 (multiple editions) iso automatically detects the key from MSDM table.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  4. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    no my laptop comes with Win 8 not PRO

    I have a genuine license for Pro so I would like to install the Win 8 Pro but I must add that PID.TXT because the setup is telling me the prebuilt key does not match the one for the product I am trying to install. Obviously because the prebuilt key is the Win 8 key while I am trying to install the Pro
     
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  5. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    #5 ian82, Jul 11, 2013
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    Thank you Urie, you are the most helpful person on these forums

    1) can I create both the PID AND the ei.cfg file at the same time or only one method?

    2) do i need to place the ei.cfg file in the sources folder?
     
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  6. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Sorry, I missed that. :whistling:

    1. Only choose one method.
    2. Yah.
     
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  7. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    Thanks, I added the PID.txt file to the sources folder, now I am trying to create a bootable USB using RUFUS
     
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  8. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

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    Hm, you mean if I ever have to reinstall someone's Windows 8, it will just snatch the key and activate? That's pretty slick.
     
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  9. Tito

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    Exactly so. If he/she has CSL, then you need another ISO; read the thread for more info.

    :tea:
     
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  10. EFA11

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    Yup was a pain in the but trying to add Win8 Pro to a Core machine until it was realized we needed to use an ei.cfg or pid.txt. I almost felt force fed Core for a day or two.