Convert Windows Home Server PP3 Trial to OEM?

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  1. pseudus

    pseudus MDL Novice

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    #81 pseudus, Sep 9, 2010
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    Gonna try and make another disc with those files. I tried Fixedbit's WHS disc maker, and that didn't work.

    I am really frustrated with this, I just can't seem to get it to work. Is there no reliable way to just beat the trial disc just like it is?

    Update: Made a new disc using Freestyler's Revised guide, the files sebus linked to, and a a key that starts with K3TQ3. No go. Still asking to activate after several reboots, and appears to be counting down.

    So what now? I respectfully ask for some help here.

    Thanks!
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    I suggest you go and buy HP MediaSmart machine
    Comes with everything ready for you...

    sebus
     
  3. pseudus

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    #83 pseudus, Sep 10, 2010
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    With all due respect; you sir ***DELETED*** Why bother posting if you don't wanna help? You obviously know what's going on, and spend a great deal of time on this board, but prefer to make quips and not be of help. (EDITED PER REQUEST)
     
  4. FreeStyler

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    #84 FreeStyler, Sep 10, 2010
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    @pseudus
    No need for name calling and such, please edit asap

    If you have followed the guide exactly step by step and still end up with a non-activated system the only reason i can think of why it will not auto activate is because of missing or incorrect SLP string in BIOS/DMI area. This revised guide is tested thoroughly and always resulted in a nice auto-activated WHS installation, so if you can't get it to work i have to say sorry, but in that case this apparently is over your head and i have to agree with sebus, best buy a complete package.

    We have given you all the help you could ask for, now it is up to you, review what you exactly did and/or follow a few easy steps in the guide and build your own WHS installation disc.
     
  5. pseudus

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    Freestyler, thank you for your help. I am still hazy on verifying the SLP string in my BIOS, will read further, and ask a specific question if one arises. I will not be defeated.
     
  6. sebus

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    #86 sebus, Sep 10, 2010
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  7. pseudus

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    #87 pseudus, Sep 15, 2010
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    Sorry to not reply sooner. My RL is pretty full. Anyway, long story short, I got it to work. I used OEMChanger with the files you linked to Sebus. Not sure why it didn't work with just the DVD as I followed the instructions and used the same files. Oh well, It works finally and I am extremely grateful for all your help, both Sebus and Freestyler.

    For the record, this is where I got confused.

    I thought in a previous post you said the strings I got from that tool were for XP only.

    I think I am still confused and probably just lucky I got it to work. One more thanks, because I truly am grateful, and I apologize for my comments, I was deeply frustrated.
     
  8. sebus

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    NO, the strings in BIOS are what they are!, you use different oembios.* 4 files set for XP & 2003 (that is the only difference)

    sebus
     
  9. diehardfan

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    Thank you for all the effort guys.

    I am stuck at CDIMAGE_2.54 step. When I double click on CDIMAGE_2.54 .exe a cmd prompt windows opens up and immediately closes. Any idea what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks
     
  10. sebus

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    cdimage is command line tool!
    Open command line & type the whole command as specified

    Not everything in Windows has GUI... (in case you did not know)

    sebus
     
  11. diehardfan

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    Thanks, got it.
     
  12. diehardfan

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    hey guys,

    Please bare with me, bios modding and SLP are totally new to me. Its like French, the only word I know is a four letter work that starts with F and ends with K, hehehe.

    Would appreciate it if you guys can point me to exactly which thread to read with regards to choosing the bios and OEM:SLP keys pertaining to this guide. As, it seems like different Windows OS have different criteria, that is the sense I am getting after all the reading so far.
    As I have a Gigabyte motherboard and totally lost which Bios file to use and what does OEM:SLP key does.

    Thanks a lot.
     
  13. Tito

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    Man, which os do u wanna activate????
     
  14. diehardfan

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    hahaha, Windows Home Server PP3 Trial sir
     
  15. Tito

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    Well, what type of bios u have??? check it by seeing in dxdiag or use everest.........
     
  16. diehardfan

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    #96 diehardfan, Oct 12, 2010
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    thru dxdiag, Award Modular Bios v6.00PG

    OEMbios.exe, if it helps:

    C:\>oembios.exe
    Windows XP OEMBIOS Test v1.1/269/106 (C) 2007-2010 severach @ msfn forums
    F:Gigabyte OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=6C0C2E95
    E:HP & Compaq OEMBIOS.CAT CRC=CD4E1902
    These Royalty OEM install CD's should preactivate (SLP) on your system.
    Lines starting with E: are not reliably detected when running under Windows
    Press Enter!


    btw, someone just scored 200 :worthy:
     
  17. Tito

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  18. diehardfan

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    Thank you Tito for the help so far.

    But let me give you some more info as I have some concerns. Currently I have the Windows Home Server installed through VMware server, using the Gigabyte motherboard. As, I am testing out the central backup feature as that is all I need. So far I am liking it and just before I fully deploy it I want to learn how to fully activate it.

    Here is another wrinkle, I will be doing my final install on another system with a Intel DG965WH motherboard. Again, I will installing Windows Home Server through VMware server as I only need the central backup feature. So will changing my bios to HP SLP string conflict with my original OS that I will be using, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 which I have a serial for.

    Thanks

    PS: Sachin is playing like when he started, juat a legend.
     
  19. Tito

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  20. navino87

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    thanks FreeStyler for your guide... gonna try it out..