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    Supported Keys

    Checked versions supported in this version (Win Next Pre-Release as it's SKU's are named within)

    Windows 8 and 8.1 are supported (including OEM) - this means those keys may well be accepted for installation (of the same edition ) - but not necessarily for activation, however, as Windows 8 keys were in Windows 8.1 specifically for activation, the latter could well a possibility.

    In fact the generic key being used is a Windows 8.0 RC key:


    Key Status : Valid
    PID : 00137-10010-52743-AA144
    Extended PID : 00000-01371-001-052743-00-7177-9600.0000-2742014
    Activation ID : 507660dd-3fc4-4df2-81f5-b559467ad56b
    Product Description : Win 8 RC Professional Retail
    Edition ID : Professional
    Part Number : [TH]X18-05552
    Key Type : Retail
    Eula Type : Retail
    Group ID : 1371

    All could change with the final release of course...
    Last edited by Superfly; 01 Oct 2014 at 14:41.
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    W11 pro 64 beta channel

    I have the same product key in the UK, it certainly works.
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    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot

    I was never asked for a key on 10 TP
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    W11 pro 64 beta channel

    If you have a Microsoft account you are sent a code via email, after IE failed and I reloaded afresh I had to use the product key.
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there

    With the ENTERPRISE version some time after using it I did see an "Activate Windows" notification where the hall mark is a little time after I'd installed it. Running the command SLUI 3 and entering the Enterprise product preview key activated it OK. Note leave the space between SLUI and 3

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    Windows 8&10

    banger said:
    I was never asked for a key on 10 TP
    You may have not been asked for a key, because the one referenced by Superfly is embedded in the .iso.
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    I also did not enter a Product Key, came up as Activated after the install finished 3 hours ago.
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Mine only asked for a key the 1st time I installed it. After that, a code. Build 9841 or 9860, But once you change to a local account, you don`t have to verify anymore.
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    Thread Starter

    Just to clear up any confusion:

    Setup uses the PID.txt file during the Windows PE configuration pass as soon as it is launched.

    When installing Windows, setup.exe uses the following priority logic for product keys:

    1. Answer file (Unattended file, EI.cfg, or PID.txt)
    2. OA 3.0 product key in the BIOS/Firmware
    3. Product key entry screen

    Thus when running from WinRE or within Windows, it will not access the PID.txt key in the /Sources folder.

    FYI: Using EI.cfg and PID.txt
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    Windows 10 IoT

    I'm guessing that's why my Enterprise install failed activation "after" upgrading to a newer build. I had to do a change product key. No such issues on a clean install, no code asked for and activated OK.
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