Complete noob: If I convert W2012 Essentials to MSDN do I still need a product key?

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  1. camelopardis

    camelopardis MDL Novice

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    Sorry guys but I'm a complete noob at all this. I want to install W2012 Essentials. I read the XDELTA thread explaining how to do a XDELTA conversion from the trial version to the MSDN version.

    However, I presume I still need a product key for the MSDN version? How do I get one of those? Or is there some other way I should activate?

    Thanks
     
  2. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    You can try this which is not a 100% on all machines .. Alternative .. request a bios mod for slic 2.2 .. Poat back if you are having trouble of where and how to request bis mod http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/5766-How-to-properly-request-for-a-bios-mod
     
  3. EFA11

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  4. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    DL'ing eval and putting patch takes more time than downloading original MSDN with CR disc. :D
     
  5. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    not if you already have EVAL on your HDD :D:D
     
  6. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    Yeah :D but I downloaded already legal. :D ;)
     
  7. camelopardis

    camelopardis MDL Novice

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    OK - I'm still confused. I'm using the "MSDN" ISO and installing with Intelligent Provisioning onto a gen8 microserver. However, it still asks for a Product Key at install. Presumably I use the (6 month) trial key provided by Microsoft at this stage, and then I should try the Windows Loader utility linked above? If so, why do I have to use the MSDN install iso? Does Windows Loader not work with the trial version?
     
  8. redroad

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