Guide to preserve Windows 8.x OEM Activation

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  1. Tito

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    #1 Tito, Dec 11, 2012
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  2. frwil

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    Same goes for "CoreCountrySpecific" SKU.
    ;)
     
  3. Tito

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    May be for "CoreARM" too..

    :D ;)
     
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  4. Tito

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    Thanks for making this sticky...

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  5. lupolo

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    Hello,

    I have reinstalled and partitiond my HP PC, now it wont activate any more with a clean install Windows 8 Pro.

    But is have got the activated key from the original HP installation that i grabed with Jelly Bean keyfinder. Is this key the same as the OEM:DM key?

    This key is different than the encrypted key within my bios , i have converted it to ascii.

    (also cannot use both key's to activate)

    Thank you
     
  6. Tito

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    Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder can't decode Windows 8 serials. You must use RW-Everything (free) or AIDA64 (paid).
     
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    What kinda key did Jelly Bean gave me than? (I have grabbed it from the pre activated HP installation)

    Also wenn i use the "oa3tool.exe" Microsoft tool to grab the ACPI MSDM table within my fresh Windows 8 installation i cannot activate it.

    Is your trich the ei.cfg file?

    Or am I lost now with activating my OEM HP pc?
     
  8. Tito

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    Read the instructions carefully.

    :)
     
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  9. 5856898

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    In fact, for Core and PRO, if you use MSDN ISO(without ei.cfg) to do a fresh install, the installation will also automatically detects your OEM key and you don't need to enter a generic key for it. last week verified by myself.
     
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    Are you sure?? Lets assume that the msdm table stores a Windows Core oem:Dm key & you install Pro edition. What happens then??
     
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    Yea, I'm sure. before I did this test case I also think it would give me a message saying the key is not correct.

    If possible, I'll get it a try tomorrow...(I'm not sure If my colleague already return the core key back to factory.)
     
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    It would be very helpful then...

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    an error message like this appears, which like I expected:rofl6:
    "The product key entered doesn't match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different key"
     
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    So we need to know the edition of the oem:Dm key first, then select appropriate index from the iso, isn't it??

    Thanks for the report.
     
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    Since MSDN ISO(e.g. Pro) contains both PRO(index 1) and Core(index 2) edition, thus if the laptop comes with a Pro or Core key embedded. the installation will automatically detects the appropriate index.

    So I'm wondering if there is any way to check the type of the oem:Dm key?
     
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    Obviously!!

    You can also try this -> http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/20816

    So, its time to edit the first post. If MSDM table is detected with proper key, then Windows Setup automatically determines the edition and hide the edition selection window - is it right??
     
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    Yea, that's right. but you need to make sure there is no ei.cfg under source folder otherwise the selection window would be displayed.
     
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    Gotcha!!!

    Give me some time... post will be edited soon!!
     
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