Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:55 PM
A few weeks back we purchased this Volume Licensing thing from Microsoft and today we got a Win7 key (MAK). We also have a MSDN subscription with all sorts of ISOs for various Windows products. We took the Windows 7 Ultimate DVD and used it to install Win7 (x86 version) as a virtual machine on an iMac. When we enter the MAK key, it gives us the dreaded error.
Do we need to download a special ISO to match our MAK key? If so, where do we get it?
A Frustrated IT Guy
- Edited by acarballo Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:56 PM left out details
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:46 PM
To my knowledge there is no volume licensing option for Windows 7 Ultimate, only for Pro and Enterprise. Are you sure you have the correct match between license and DVD?
- Marked As Answer by acarballo Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:27 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:58 PM
Mmmm....Good question. The DVD said "Ultimate". Let me load the Enterprise and see what happens. Thanks for the feedback.
UPDATE: That was the problem. I loaded the Enterprise and the key worked. Thank you.
- Edited by acarballo Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:28 PM More info.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:21 PM
the MAK product key will only be accepted on Pro or Enterprise edition, and, it must be the VL channel edition, not the Retail channel edition. MSDN usually offers both channel editions, so check the "product key" button against the product, within MSDN downloads, if the product key button in MSDN shows "Retail keys" then don't use the MAK for that one.
It's simpler if you download the VL channel editions from the VLSC download site, instead of using MSDN. Try to keep them VLSC downloads/keys, and the MSDN downloads/keys, separate from each other. That will save you some headaches :)
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