FAQ for Windows 2003 activation

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  1. truckid

    truckid MDL Novice

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    #1 truckid, Feb 11, 2009
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    Maybe its just me being dim, but I can't find a clear and concise post which describes what needs to be done to activate Windows 2003, simple steps and a description of what files are required and why. Kind of like a walk-through. Info is scattered throughout the various posts, but it makes life confusing.

    The process for modding bios seems fairly straightfoward, its the creation of the CD which I am not sure about

    For instance, I have a fairly new Dell laptop and also have Win2003 R2 x64 Enterprise CD. I unnderstand that I need the 4 OEMfiles (OEM da,si,ca, bi) and that theses need to be expanded, where do they go ? Create a Custome OEM$ folder ? What else, ? Do I need a setup file ? Is Pidgen.dll neccassary ?

    I saw that suicide solution had the wrong key and now has the correct one, is this updated in the original posting for that thread ?

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/3339?page=3

    Any advice is appreciated. thanks
     
  2. truckid

    truckid MDL Novice

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    Actually my situation is a little bit more complicated in that my Windows 2003 R2 X64 disc is not OEM, well at least I think not. I guess My questions would be how to covert this disc to OEM, are the 4 OEM files enough, do I need more files and where can I get them from ?

    thanks
     
  3. truckid

    truckid MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the info.

    Strangely, the volume label on my disc is BRMEXFPP, which doesn't match any of the ones list in the MS link.

    I do a 'winver' and I can see that its win 2003 Enterprise X64, but not the 'channel' i.e. OEM, retail, VLK etc. The disc itself does NOT have a WINNT.SIF file or setupp.ini at root, this suggests it is not an OEM ?

    If the disc is retail, what can I do to convert it to OEM ?
     
  4. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    the disk is retail. The PP at the end signifies that. To make it OEM you need the right files of an OEM disk.. I do not know the files because I don't have a guide handy but one should tell you what they are or someone here might know.

    Your better bet is to make the CD VLK. If you let me know which files you need I can pull them off my enterprise CDs. I have a library of x86,x64 Standard and Enterprise non-R2 and R2.
     
  5. truckid

    truckid MDL Novice

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    File Required ?

    I have been looking for a 'guide' to convert retail to OEM or VLK but not had any luck, does anyone else please have any ideas ?

    Is it all academic, does it matter if I convert the disc to OEM or VLK ? The idea is to use it with SLP key and Dell Bios, and that it would be activated 'automatically'

    The main reason behind this is that Nortons suddenly flags AntiWPA as malware and caused me to reformat, which was a pain

    I dont mind which version I have to convert to, as long as I can use SLP and bios method to ensure that it will be permanently activated. Any pointers as to which files I need to convert the disc would be much appreciated.
     
  6. offon7544

    offon7544 MDL Expert

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    #7 offon7544, Feb 16, 2009
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    Go here :
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/39776
    You have : keys and files. Just replace in the i386 directory then rebuild iso file.
     
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