Windows 8 OEM activation on Dell Laptop and autounattend.xl HELP

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  1. nick@3btech.net

    nick@3btech.net MDL Novice

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    I am able to install an untouched version of windows 8 core on the laptop and it will be activated when I get to the desktop.
    My goal is to use an autounattend.xml but it always errors on the product code. Since there is no product code and its embedded on the MB I have not entered a product key line into the .xml.
    I normally add the ei.cfg with (Retail,oem or vol) so it skips the product code on install and asks what version to install, but it is never activated when I get to the desktop. and wont ever activate. (i am choosing the correct 8 core version)

    Anyone have any insite on how to make this work>???
     
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    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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  3. rollerdyke44

    rollerdyke44 MDL Novice

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    key stored in bios dude. just reinstall the version which your laptop come with and the key will install automaticly. No need for ei.cfg or entering key
     
  4. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Remove your unattend.xml
    Remove your ei.cfg
    Just install without them and it will pull the key out of your bios.
     
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  5. nick@3btech.net

    nick@3btech.net MDL Novice

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    I know it will work the standard way..I am trying to find out if its possible to use unattend. I want to do this on a large scale and not have just an OEM install. autounattend is required.
     
  6. nick@3btech.net

    nick@3btech.net MDL Novice

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    so is there no way to accomplish this on a mobo with built in C.O.A.