Monday, March 18, 2013 4:29 PM
After an 11 year hiatus, I am trying to set up a box to get familar with things again. I want to set up Windows Server 2012 on this machine from Dell that came preconfigured with Windows 8 Pro. The copy of Windows Server 2012 was downloaded from my Technet subscription and I did retrieve a product key for it. I have spent several hours going through posts trying to find an answer, but nothing so far.
Setup starts fine and then I get the following message, The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key." Of course, due to the product key for Windows 8 being burnt into the motherboard somewhere, I do not have the option to even enter the key.
I have tried to create the EI.cfg file and the PID.txt file, placing them in the "sources" directory. Below is what I have in them, minus my actual key #. I did find a reference that stated if PID.txt, was not provided, I would be prompted so I have tried with and without. My guess is the problem might be with the EI.cfg file.
Was not sure what value to use for Channel, so I took a guess, probably wrong!
Because this is a "non-supported" OS configuration, I can't get help from Dell and I understand their position on this. Don't like it, but I understand.
Any suggestions that the members of the community can provide will be greatly appreciated. I've got a lot to catch up on as I haven't touched a server version since 2000. TIA.
Monday, March 18, 2013 5:36 PMTry using the evaluation version of the operating system instead of the TechNet version. It does not ask for a product key. If you want to activate it with a product key afterwards, I think (I haven't tried this because my lab installs don't stay around that long) you can use the slmgr utility to enter your key.
- Marked As Answer by Jeffrey Pursley Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:45 PM
Monday, March 18, 2013 6:06 PM
Thank you for the reply and suggestion. I will give that a try and post back.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:45 PM
I was able to get the evaluation version installed and is up and running very nicely, thank for that suggestion. I did try slmgr to enter the key and that didn't work. Will do some research on that, hopefully can figure it out.
- Edited by Jeffrey Pursley Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:27 PM