How do I install windows 8 without a product key?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by yoloswag420, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. yoloswag420

    yoloswag420 MDL Novice

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    I downloaded an ISO image and burned it to a disc, but when I go to install Windows 8, it says a product key is needed.

    Please help.
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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  3. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    just delete file called ei.cfg found in sources folder of iso
     
  4. urie

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    Some information would help I,e,What iso file and file hashes anyway you need to edit the ISO and add ei.cfg file to sources folder.
    Save as ei.cfg
     
  5. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Link posted above has full key just search with last part of key... XXX means i hide those... As can't post keys here


    Retail & MSDN don't have this file but we can add that as mentioned by Urie
     
  7. yoloswag420

    yoloswag420 MDL Novice

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    Oh okay, thanks for the help, got it.

    Why is it that the key can be posted in that thread but not this one?
     
  8. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Because those are Microsoft universal 30 day trial keys
     
  9. Weedy

    Weedy MDL Member

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    Ok, not sure why other people are telling you to DELETE the ei.cfg...

    what you should be doing is ADDING the ei.cfg file to the Sources folder of the ISO once you have extracted it.

    The contents of the ei.cfg should be...

    [Channel]
    _Default

    [VL]
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    This allows you to install which ever version you want. It also allows you to use Cody's Microsoft Toolkit to activate the professional version with 180 day kms, or the standard version with 30 day kms (this one is a bug and shouldn't work but does).
     
  10. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    thanks for confirming this. As these keys are said to be SETUP KEYS indicates that by using them, System will be set to Vl/KMS and can be activated by appropriate servers or "other" methods :D
     
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    I use the KMS Client Setup Key during install and after install I restore my activation with Advanced Tokens Manager :)