DIY: Server 2022 to workstation post install settings

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  1. acer-5100

    acer-5100 MDL Guru

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    In XP/2003 or earlier use ntswitch or tweaknt

    For later OSes sku certs, slmgr /rilc and slmgr /ipk are your best friends
     
  2. RobrPatty

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    much easier to go with .inf hack
     
  3. ExtremeGrief

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    Yes just modify inf and sign it then keep it somewhere safe
     
  4. acer-5100

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    Seriously? :eek:

    Switching takes LITERALLY 20 seconds of work, and it works for multiple driver at once,not to mention multiple programs, no time spent to search and analyze the inf and mod it properly, no time spent rebooting in testmode, and that's assuming it's only one driver.

    Really don't try to sell the ignorance about method B as superiority of method A
     
  5. RobrPatty

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    Explain your switching technique please. I'm running Server 22518.1012 datacenter
     
  6. ExtremeGrief

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    You could make a script to auto remove the NT10.0...
     
  7. acer-5100

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    #127 acer-5100, Dec 28, 2021
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    I spent literally months to figure it out, you really can spend few minutes of your time reading what I already wrote

    1 Copy the sku certs from pro

    2 do slmgr /rilc

    3 do slmgr /ipk <pro serial>

    reboot

    do whatever you need to install drivers and / or unsupported sw in server

    4 slmgr /ipk <server serial>

    reboot (you are back on server )

    optional if you want to stay on pro and activate it, replace the branding folder as well

    that's all

    Edit: 11/9/2022

    I baptized this method as "SKUwitch" to avoid confusions with other "quick switches" methods

    Edit: 20/08/2023

    The above method *as is* doesn't fully work anymore on recent 25xxx builds (thanks to the user @Moony who discovered and reported the problem).

    Not sure which is the first affected build, but I think any 252xx and following builds are affected.

    As usual, once you know the solution the fix requires just 2 seconds, finding that solution required a couple of days.

    In short, in addition to the instructions above you need to delete all *SIX* certs under the issuance folder, and replace them with the *FOUR* from an older builds (I used the ones from 25192, but I think other older releases should do the job as well).

    Obviously do that before the slmgr /rilc step.

    The method works also on the new infamous 259** builds (current at time of writing is 25931, tested on 25921)
     
  8. acer-5100

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    #128 acer-5100, Dec 28, 2021
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    nvm
     
  9. RobrPatty

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    where are the sku certs on a pro install? the whole process is easy accept the sku certs.
     
  10. acer-5100

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    are where they are since, at least, win7. Under spp/tokens
     
  11. ExtremeGrief

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    Switching SKU won't bypass driver detection
     
  12. RobrPatty

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    #132 RobrPatty, Dec 28, 2021
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    Works just fine. Was able to update network drivers with generic drivers. Also installed Samsung Magician (unsupported sw) Thx acer-5100.
     
  13. acer-5100

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    Now, please, don't start "selling" it as your method, like it happened the last time I explained the method, to another user;)
     
  14. acer-5100

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    #134 acer-5100, Dec 29, 2021
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    Yeah, yeah...:facepalm:

     
  15. RobrPatty

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    No need its not that great of a workaround. Its kinda hit and miss setup. Some unsupported sw installs some don't. Some drivers install some don't. I personally will use it for the driver installs
     
  16. acer-5100

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    Few sw does runtime checks, but they are a minority in my experience (minitool partition wizard for example), the vast majority do the check on setup phase only, say NOD32, Paragon HD manager, Acronis (last time I checked) and so on.

    BTW that's just a subsection of the marvels you can do, using this method, say you can turn Server or Clients to Hypercore (which doesn't require any activation), you can turn 32bit clients to server to see more than 3GB w/o using PAEpatch and so on.
     
  17. ExtremeGrief

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    Samsung magician works on server by default

    I tried switch SKU and I still couldn't install my hidi2c driver
     
  18. RobrPatty

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    Only driver I could install was AMD chipset driver. The Intel gigabyte driver was the generic one. Could not install Nero or Kaspersky.
     
  19. acer-5100

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    Last time I installed nero was in w98 days but I used Karspersky free on server machines many times.
     
  20. RobrPatty

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    The issue is changing the SKU is suppose to allow unsupported software to install and it doesn't.