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  • The product key it is referring to is the Install Key for Windows, which is separate from your KMS key. You can find a list of them here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx

    The Install key goes into the ProductKey object in the windowsPE pass, and your KMS key goes in the ProductKey object in the specialize pass.

    Monday, April 15, 2013 8:47 PM
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    Monday, April 15, 2013 11:21 PM
  • Hello,

    By default VL media contains a product key in the sources folder in the product.ini file.  This key is the GVLK used by KMS clients.

    We check for keys in the following order below, if we find a key in either 1 or 2 we may fail with the error message if the used key does not match the media that is in use.

    So it appears we are picking up a key and attempting to apply that key to the media and it fails, either the key changed in image from the default key, or what was in the image is not present and the laptop had an OA 3.0 which is now being picked up.

    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 


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:45 AM
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    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:34 AM
  • Hello,

    Do you have and can you make available the setup logs from the \panther folder?


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:24 PM
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  • Hello,

    They may exist at different locations depending on where setup is.

    You can use this article to help determine the locations for the various stages of setup.

    927521 Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Vista setup log file locations
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927521/EN-US


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en

    Thursday, April 18, 2013 4:46 PM
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  • To enter a new product key or replace the one on the system do as follows:

    Go to DOS prompt with admin privileges

    type slmgr/ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (a valid product key)

    type exit (exit from dos)

    Reboot (you will have the new activation key on restart)

     

    Theborg1of3

     



    Theborg1of3

    • Proposed as answer by Theborg1of3 Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:02 PM
    Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:52 PM
  • Maybe sysprep has removed your GVLK key? Usullay if we don't specify a key in answer file or using other methods, the key will not be there after sysprep.


    Thanks
    Zero

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    Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:04 AM
  • to use the ei.cfg you provided, aka:

    [EditionID]
    Enterprise

    [Channel]

    Volume

    [VL]
    1

    you must also add the "Enterprise" flag to the image with the imagex /flags "Enterprise" command.... This way the installer matches the image (or at least one of the images) from the wim file to the ea.cfg to allow install.

    an alternative is to use an ei.cfg withouth the [editionID] clause... as follows:

    [Channel]
    Volume
    [VL]
    1


    Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:45 PM
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    Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:24 PM