Windows 8.1 Activation with MSDN Key

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  1. Jonny Way

    Jonny Way MDL Novice

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    Hello,

    I tried to search but must not be using the right keywords and there is an everwhelming amount of post that just speak about the leak of RTM.

    I am in need of assistance in getting the RTM from WZT to avtivate with my MSDN key. The ISO works great for my retail keys.

    I am confused as Windows 8 from WZT works with my Retail and my MSDN key but Windows 8.1 from WZT will only work with my Retail key.

    Sorry if this is posted elsewhere but I could not find it, any help with be great.

    Thanks
     
  2. Chris123NT

    Chris123NT MDL Expert

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    Is your MSDN key a MAK or is it a Retail channel key? My technet Windows 8 keys work fine.
     
  3. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    #3 Snuffy, Sep 4, 2013
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    If you have the proper leak, and if you install it with the proper method (key) to validate the install, then if your MSDN Key is still GOOD, not blacklisted (as many are) or over the limit as many are
    then use the cscript as indicated by M$.
    I only know of one way to say-very simple-very easy
    1.) logo +x
    2.) command prompt as admin
    3.) slmgr -ipk (25Digit key goes here)
    4.) click the enter key
    5.) you will get 1 or 3 responses back.

    a.) key is blacklisted
    b.) key is overlimit
    c.) key successful entered.

    if you get C then
    1.) slmgr -ato
    2.) click enter key and see if you next response is you now activated.

    My MAK key was response Over the Limit
    My Retail key was accepted and Activated.
     
  4. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    same here. Keys work just perfect
     
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  5. Jonny Way

    Jonny Way MDL Novice

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    Retail Channel, works with with Windows 8 MSDN ISO or WZT ISO.

    Let me be more clear I am not only not able to activate but Windows 8.1 says my key is invalid for this edition.

    Also this was just posted, having same issue as a guy here saying his key is invalid. Can post links yet =(
     
  6. Jonny Way

    Jonny Way MDL Novice

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    Hello, I could not even install with MSDN the key on 8.1 had to do ei.cfg to get to desktop. Desktop will not even take the key.

    I just installed Windows 8 WZT ISO right now and it works for install and activation its just 8.1

    "slmgr -ipk" also says its not valid
     
  7. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    game is very simple: Install with gereric key and activate with your current genuine Technet/Msdn/ bought Key and you are activated after all
     
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  8. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    Then might we ask what is your key.
    Retail
    OEM
    UPGRADE
    MAK

    and so far only Retail Windows 8.1 Pro and Pro WMC has or can be Activated...
     
  9. Jonny Way

    Jonny Way MDL Novice

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    Sure its MSDN / Retail channel?

    My key is MSDN and Fresh Install:
    Windows 8 WZT ISO = Works with install and activation
    Windows 8 MSDN ISO = Works with install and activation


    Windows 8.1 WZT = Will not install, used ei.cfg to get to desktop. slmgr -ipk will not take key says invalid. Can not even enter a key much less try to activate it.
     
  10. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    Either your very dense or very stupid ...
    1.) you have to install WZT with the provided key.. no other key will allow install.
    2.) and million of us have MDSN Genuine KEYs... MAK will not work no matter what.
    3.) Enterprise will not activate NO MATTER WHAT.
    4.) YOU HAVE TO install the way WZT told you to install.
    5.) you can only Activate Retail Pro and Retail ProWMC.
    6.) MAK key will not activate and will be be accepted...

    nothing else works...
    Admin sorry I'll behave now...
     
  11. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Thread closed more than enough info on forum for genuine and none genuine users.