How to Install Windows 8 without Product Key and Restore the Activation

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by TecMan, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. TecMan

    TecMan MDL Member

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    Hi Friends:

    I would like to check with you, How to Install Windows 8 without Product Key and Restore the Activation, let me describe the procedure:

    1. Open Notepad to create a file with following code structure mentioned below and save asei.cfg in Sources folder for Windows 8

    [EditionID]
    {Edition ID}
    [Channel]
    {Channel Type}
    [VL]
    {Volume License}

    2. Install a Windows 8 clean installation
    3. Install all drivers
    4. Turn-Off Internet
    5. Restore the Activation using Advanced Tokens Manager.. Failed
    6. Restore the Activation again.. Success
    7. Update all O.S. using the Windows Update.. Success

    Can you tell me if you are agree with this procedure? or What do you recommend me to install Windows 8 without Product Key and Restore the Activation?

    Thanks

    TecMan
     
  2. TecMan

    TecMan MDL Member

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    TecMan MDL Member

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    Hi kaos420:

    Thanks for your reply....but I need to know your experiences to install Windows 8 without Product Key...

    What do you recommend me?

    Thanks

    TecMan
     
  4. CRA2YHAVOK

    CRA2YHAVOK MDL Senior Member

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    I found the Advanced Tokens Manager method quick/simple enough, in my experience I:

    1. Created a Windows 8 Pro with Media Center ISO/USB using - http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/35650-Creating-a-Windows-8-AIO-with-Media-Center-manually

    2. Added in the ei.cfg folder to Sources folder which was saved like this to allow installation without Product Key:

    3. Re-installed ProWMC without key.

    4. Upon first logon I opened CMD (as Admin) and typed in "slmgr -ipk (Insert whatever WMC key originally used with backup files).

    5. Ran Advanced Tokens Manager & restored Activation, all went without a hitch.

    6. Ran Windows Update :)
     
  5. ambidav

    ambidav MDL Guru

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  6. TecMan

    TecMan MDL Member

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    Hi Friends:

    Thank you very much for your comments...I will try with ei.cfg file option to install Windows 8 Pro without Product Key

    TecMan
     
  7. bulldog147

    bulldog147 MDL Member

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    I think Windows 8 Pro with Media Center can be without activation before installing (hidden inside install.wim - can removed windows product activation)
     
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    ambidav MDL Guru

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    Use and edit your Ei.cfg file to look like this:


    Code:
    [Channel]
    Retail
    
    [VL]
    0
     
  10. TONSCHUH

    TONSCHUH MDL Addicted

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    ... the above plus this (automated activation restore):

    Click

    You have only to re-enter your WMC-Key when you re-install your system and Windows-8-Pro-WMC is fully activated when you reach the desktop for the first time.

    :)