Windows 8 Pro VL with WMC (Installation and activation)

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  1. Ghandira

    Ghandira MDL Member

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    Hi, i have the file .iso Windows 8 Pro VL x64 and i want do an installation with WMC, is it possible? What would be the best alternative for both install and activate? Thanks for your replies :)
     
  2. november_rain

    november_rain MDL Senior Member

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    I can not give you the link for best way activation but check your PM!
     
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  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #3 s1ave77, Jul 18, 2013
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    No WMC for Pro VL version, only for Pro Retail :smartass:.


    BTW: For the activation route, there´s only KMS to be discussed here @MDL for Windows 8 :D.
     
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  4. Ghandira

    Ghandira MDL Member

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    So, i need to download the file .iso Windows 8 Pro Retail? Or just download the .iso Windows 8 Pro, and use a key Retail Pro to activate? Sorry, but i am a novice in these things >.<
     
  5. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    You need the RETAIL ISO. That's the one including both CORE+PRO. There exists also a VL PRO ISO, that one is a dead end because it doesn't include the ''Add Features'' functionality.
     
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  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    The english Retail x64 version would be: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
     
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  7. Ghandira

    Ghandira MDL Member

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    #7 Ghandira, Jul 18, 2013
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    Oh, then i have to download another .iso o_O What would the name of that .iso?
    I saw on the MSDN page that this file belongs to: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso (Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro). No Retail indicated, i'm not sure if this is correct.
     
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  9. Humphrey

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  10. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Not shure whether Pro VL can be changed that easy to Retail, would guess VL to be like Enterprise regarding the activation channel.
    Unfortunately have no VL ISO to test :eek:.
     
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  11. Ghandira

    Ghandira MDL Member

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    A silly question, then I can not install WMC with this .iso? In the MSDN page, i don't find any .iso that mentions 'Windows 8 Pro Retail'.
     
  12. EFA11

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    #12 EFA11, Jul 18, 2013
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    If it doesn't say "VL" volume then it is retail.

    Retail
    Code:
      File: en_windows_8_n_x64_dvd_916091.iso
    CRC-32: 2e91294a
       MD4: ee7978e0edf3919822b919dfc285b8fa
       MD5: e43ee1efe635162abfc4c1e1ae9b7645
     SHA-1: 774ee8e02e5473387dd3d3471d99e22b6de5b2d5
    
      File: en_windows_8_n_x86_dvd_916097.iso
    CRC-32: 19aaef81
       MD4: e7b11d7c70872b7ea6845c0084c6c0bb
       MD5: 991ecee1c2772206c9f34bbf986a8af3
     SHA-1: d61aba4080fa2e3c580b85632d4318676262c0a1
    
      File: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
    CRC-32: a5889f86
       MD4: 1c06c693f1e68ce4d2ff4ecc45dd0388
       MD5: 0e8f2199fae18fe510c23426e68f675a
     SHA-1: 1ce53ad5f60419cf04a715cf3233f247e48beec4
    
      File: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso
    CRC-32: 049795d9
       MD4: 9a7cd75cf588257d7b824c2d375845d8
       MD5: 4252407333706df89a0c654924dd3f06
     SHA-1: 22d680ec53336bee8a5b276a972ceba104787f62
    Volume
    Code:
      File: en_windows_8_pro_vl_x64_dvd_917699.iso
    CRC-32: cb22a062
       MD4: 17d54ff60eb44c560b4e18f4da8be132
       MD5: 4e31c6f0a7862f8ce8931342ad984a12
     SHA-1: 6ddedebe40ab59cb11823f62f475c43c4053fe60
    
      File: en_windows_8_pro_n_vl_x64_dvd_918677.iso
    CRC-32: 57cc4b99
       MD4: 6fd6535c34de557919b3f2e0e6fa1f3c
       MD5: b2ea65c9cce8868897224acee23a2678
     SHA-1: a158f608a7080f4566f671d9d45136a51a2c53b2
    
      File: en_windows_8_pro_vl_x86_dvd_917830.iso
    CRC-32: 3d4db3a7
       MD4: 50300038c58b0ac94af8aa5593136a33
       MD5: 12e0df94644e76b151c0e143ba151d89
     SHA-1: 548ab51161fd83b889596b143d86c1eeb61ef2d0
    
      File: en_windows_8_pro_n_vl_x86_dvd_918877.iso
    CRC-32: 7cdc5213
       MD4: 508c2f006c2977ccd8a8fa51bbffe8c4
       MD5: 8f423ccb035b44279b2029ec86e00f6f
     SHA-1: 76c7d94b5685e33e86c13de2b30ebe18b9db6290
    
     
  13. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Yeah...the ISO i posted is Retail :D. In this case only the VL ISO is mentioning this in it´s name. If there is no '_vl_' mentioned, then it is Retail. Only slightly confusing :cool2:.
     
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  14. Ghandira

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    #14 Ghandira, Jul 18, 2013
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    Ohh, begins to clear better the things ^^

    I find this a little strange, because i was reading that the 'VL' version was better than the 'RTM', because it was easier to activate, and other things. Now, after all that has been mentioned, i doubt very much that 'VL' is better, hehe.
     
  15. EFA11

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    in your case VL is not better because you want WMC, in normal circumstances VL is as easy or easier. VL cannot have WMC.
     
  16. s1ave77

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    #16 s1ave77, Jul 19, 2013
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    You heard some rumours...:D. The Retail ISO has the advantage that it can be activated with all activation channels, depending on the installed key.

    One diffenrence is, the VL come with key (gVLK) preinstalled and with an ei.cfg. In opposite the Retail ISO is 'clean'. If you insert an eif.cfg with this content:
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    [Channel]
    Volume
    
    [VL]
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    to the \sources\ folder of the Retail ISO, it will allow to choose the Edition and the key input can be skipped.


    BTW: Both versions are RTM = Release To Manufacturer :D.
     
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  17. Humphrey

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    #17 Humphrey, Jul 19, 2013
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    I took a Retail ISO and put in a VL key and was able to activate VL so it "should" work the other way. IDK- will test in a bit.
     
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  18. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    My retail ISOs have an ei.cfg, so i can skip the key install during Setup and install the key afterwards. Microsoft Toolkit will do this via 'EZ-Activator' automatically for the user.

    They can even be installed using the matching gVLK :D.

    Created a WIM via Sysprep which already has the KMS Server Service installed in demand mode and two tasks to reactivate every 24 hours and at every LogOn via simple CMD; to start service, activate all VL products and stop the service afterwards. Windows is already activated at first startup, as the ONLOGON task does a good job :D.
     
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  19. Ghandira

    Ghandira MDL Member

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    Now I'm downloading the new .iso. What would be the best way to install and activate Windows 8 Pro Retail and WMC?

    • Creating a .iso (Windows 8 Pro with WMC) on a bootable USB, using Windows Download Integrator (WDI).
    • Install Windows 8 Pro individually at first instance (WDI or USB bootable with Windows 7 USB/Download tool), then activate it with Microsoft Toolkit and then activate WMC with a key or by activating the phone via Skype.
    I hope tips or others suggestions, thanks :)
     
  20. s1ave77

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    #20 s1ave77, Jul 19, 2013
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    Personally i don´t recommend the skype route, as the keys are blocked very fast and you´ll need to do that every time your hardware changes or Windows deactivates for other reasons, with a new key. On the other hand it´s not allowed to be discussed here in detail.

    Due to i´m using KMS, i created a ProfessionalWMC ISO manually. The new one is already activated when it starts first :good3:. It´s ways faster then installing Pro first than adding the WMC feature.
     
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