Changing key in Windows 8 Enterprise Technet .iso

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  1. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    Hello.

    I have a Technet account, and have downloaded the Windows 8 .iso files. When I install Windows 8 or Windows 8 pro I always get a windows asking for a key under the installation. Without a key, you can't continue the installation.

    But when I install Windows 8 Enterprise (have tried both English and Norwegian) I do not get any question about a key under the installation. After the installation Windows 8 is of course not activated. But how to enter my key, without having to use the command line and the slmgr -ipk command?
    Do they think that everybody that install Windows 8 Enterprise know how to use the command line to activate?

    Here is a screenshot of how it's looks, and it's no "change key" button. If I click on the Activate now button, it try to activate the default key, and that do of course not work.

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    A second question: Do anybody know how many activation you get on a Technet Pro Windows 8 Enterprise MAK? On my Windows 7 Enterprise key I got 500 activation.
     
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    muiz MDL Member

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    slmgr.vbs /ipk xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx
     
  3. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    So it's the only way. They have not made it easy to use a legit key.
     
  4. Naxx

    Naxx MDL Novice

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    When you activate it, the "change product key" button appears.

    Obviously, Windows supposes that when you install your bought Windows copy, you enter the original and working product key writed on the box. So, it doesn't shows the "change product key" button until you activate Windows.

    Sorry for my bad english.
     
  5. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    I pay for my Technet subscription so my Windows 8 Enterprise version is 100% legit. I do never get any question about a key under the installation or after. There is no option at all to type in my Technet key in Windows 8 Enterprise.
    It's not a problem using the command line and slmg.vbs -ipk but it still strange that they do not have any place to type your key on this finish version of Win8 Enterprise.
     
  6. Myrrh

    Myrrh MDL Expert

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    #7 Myrrh, Aug 16, 2012
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    They expect TechNet and MSDN users to be a little technical and figure out slmgr.vbs.

    Enterprise is licensed only to Volume customers which typically already have a KMS running, or can easily push MAK keys to their machines with VAMT.

    It might depend on what specific subscription you have, looks like the TechNet Win8 MAK has a count of 20.
     
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  7. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    Yes, I know. But I don't get VAMT 2.0 (or 1.2) to work with my Windows 8 Enterprise key. I can't validate the key, and can't check how many activation it has. Maybe they will release a new VAMT version soon? Anybody who know how to check the new Windows 8 key?
     
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  10. Naxx

    Naxx MDL Novice

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    Huh... When you installed it, did you enter that product key?
     
  11. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    No, I used the slmgr.vps -ipk command to activate my own Technet Windows 8 Enterprise key.
     
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    derausgewanderte MDL Senior Member

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    if you used Advanced Tokens Manager v3.4 to backup your PCs activation state you could use the tool to activate a future installation on the same PC without using up the Technet activation counts, no?
     
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  15. Chris123NT

    Chris123NT MDL Expert

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    Retail ISO's ask for a key during install, whereas VL ISO's (Pro VL and Enterprise) do not ask for a key during setup.

    Edit: and being more careful with your activations is actually HARDER in Windows 8 since it has no grace period, with 7 i used to leave it in grace and only activate when i absolutely had to, now I can't even do that.
     
  16. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    I will find out soon enough. I shall be using the Technet Win 8 Pro edition but keep the key handy if it does nor progress further.
     
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  17. rekeno

    rekeno MDL Novice

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    Sorry, but where can I get to see this activation info? Thanks