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  • Hello all,

     

    I am a small business interested in evaluating Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, however I am having problems with getting the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation to "initialize", so to speak.  Bottom line, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation expires immediately after a fresh install.  This issue is NOT only effecting me.  Others have been able to reproduce the problem.  I will structure my issue below in what is hopefully an easily readable and understood format.

     

    Expected Behavior

    - Install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation

    - Have the ability to evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC for up to 90 days

     

    Actual Behavior

    - Install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation

    - OS immediately reports "Windows License is expired" in the bottom-right of the desktop

    - OS shuts down every hour

     

    To Reproduce

    - Download Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation ISO (Official Microsoft link [1])

    - "Burn" ISO to a FAT32-formatted USB drive (I used Rufus [2], a free and open-source USB installation media creation tool)

    - Install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation on a freshly formatted hard drive from bootable USB (Domain Join, ethernet connection over a private network)

    - Observe status in lower-right corner of desktop "Windows License is expired"

    - Wait one hour, system will automatically shut down

     

    Possible Causes

    - Microsoft's activation servers have let the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation default product key expire, and its validity has not since been renewed (see Additional Notes & Elaboration below)

    - I am attempting to evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC on my home network (seeing as I am a small business), as opposed to a network with a KMS server.  As far as I understand, this should not interfere with the initialization of the evaluation license of LTSC.

     

    Troubleshooting Already Attempted

    - In an elevated command prompt: slmgr /rearm (reduces rearm count by 1, does not change expiration status)

    - In an elevated command prompt: slmgr /ato (returns the error "0xC004C003 The activation server has determined the specified product key is blocked")

    - Call Microsoft's activation center, provide Installation ID found in slui.exe 4 entered into an elevated command prompt.  Response is along the lines of "that installation ID is invalid"

    - In an elevated command prompt: slmgr /ipk <Default LTSC KMS Product Key [3]> (returns an error that essentially says the Software Licensing Service reported the specified SKU is invalid; reminder that my small business does not contain a KMS server)

    - Verify my computer & network are able to install and initialize Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation (non-LTSC).  No problems, Windows reports 90 days remaining on the trial on the desktop, evaluation functions as expected.  Therefore, I believe the problem is not with my hardware or process.

    - Verify this problem is not isolated to my own use case.  A friend attempted to install LTSC on their own hardware using the same procedure outlined above, and resulted in the same outcome for them.  Therefore, the problem is effecting multiple users.

    - Spoke with Microsoft's commercial/professional support team (I have been told to submit an online ticket for an on-call technician at support.microsoft.com/oas, which will cost me $499.  I'm trying to evaluate software.  If I wanted to spend $499, I would buy a couple LTSC licenses; but that defeats the whole purpose of evaluating, doesn't it?)

     

    Additional Notes & Elaboration

    In looking through the forums for this particular issue, I came across a thread from 2011 [4] which outlines nearly identical issues.  The problem that users were having in 2011 with Windows 7 Enterprise Evaluation was that the default evaluation product key on Microsoft's activation servers had expired, and so when Windows 7 Enterprise Evaluation attempted to initialize, it returned the same error that "The activation server has determined the specified product key is blocked".  The solution was for somebody to communicate internally to Microsoft and ultimately get the default evaluation product key permitted for use again.  I strongly suspect that since LTSC is such an uncommon OS to use, let alone evaluate, it has been forgotten to renew the product key for its evaluation to initialize properly.  Again, I believe the issue is specifically a problem with Microsoft's own activation servers.

    I hope that my description of this issue has been thorough enough to facilitate some support from Microsoft engineers capable of addressing this problem.  I'd like to emphasize that I am trying to evaluate software for use in my company, and that said evaluation is not functional; I am reasonably confident this problem is through no fault of my own, and is an issue entirely contained on Microsoft's activation servers.  I encourage you to try and reproduce my issue by installing Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation as outlined above, and that should further clarify that this is not a self-contained incident.

    Thank you for taking the time to read over my current issue.  I look forward to hearing back from Microsoft engineers as well as community members.

     

    Regards,

    An

     

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    Links mentioned in the post above:

    [1] https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    [2] https://rufus.ie/

    [3] https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kmsclientkeys#windows-10-ltscltsb-versions

    [4] https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/6173f397-8511-4bcc-aca8-e8bdd4f494e2/windows-7-enterprise-trial-key-blocked


    • Edited by An Retset Friday, March 13, 2020 11:46 AM Formatting
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:47 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    This is a quick note to let you know that I am currently performing research on this issue and will get back to you as soon as possible. I appreciate your patience.

    If you have any updates during this process, please feel free to let me know.


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    Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:20 AM
  • Thank you for the note, Farena :)  I look forward to hearing what you are able to find!

    And I will be sure to add anything new that I learn to this thread.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:40 AM
  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for what you have done for this case.

     

    Due to limit condition, so far there is no way to reproduce your scenario to reproduce the failure.

     

    Is this the first time you installed Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation?


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    Thursday, March 12, 2020 7:42 AM
  • Hi Farena,

    Yes, this problem is what happened the first time I installed Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation.  I have attempted to reinstall it multiple times since that first install, and all attempts have yielded the same problematic result.  Also, a friend of mine followed the same procedure on their own hardware, and the first time they installed Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation they too were greeted with the text "Windows license has expired" on their desktop.  It is worth noting, however, that my friend did not check everything that I have, such as with slmgr or waiting to see if the system shut down after an hour (but I have no reason to believe it would behave any different, given the expiration notice on the desktop).

    It is additionally worth noting that I have also tried installing Windows 10 Enterprise (non-LTSC) Evaluation multiple times, and that it successfully initialized the evaluation every time, not just on the first install.  So I would assume the same behavior should be expected from LTSC.

    In regards to your comment on reproducing the failure, would you be able to describe what your limitations are?

    Thank you,

    An

    Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:06 PM
  • Have you verified that the date and time is correct on the system you are installing the OS onto? I didn't see this mentioned in the thread.
    Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:11 PM
  • Thanks for that suggestion, Tripredacus.  I just booted back into the LTSC Evaluation, and I can confirm the date and time are displaying correctly on the desktop.
    Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:00 PM
  • Hi,

     

    I will watching closely to this issue, If there is any related update, I will let you know.

     

    You can use the Feedback Hub app to share your problem.

    I want to thank you for your useful feedback and patience along the way.


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    Friday, March 13, 2020 7:03 AM
  • Is there any way to bring Darrell Gorter [1] into this thread?  Darrell was able to facilitate solving this problem 9 years ago when it happened for users trying to evaluate Windows 7 Enterprise, so he might be familiar with how to go about solving it again this time around.  Looking at his profile, it would appear he is still an active user on these forums.

     

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    Links mentioned in the post above:

    [1] https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/darrell%20gorter

    • Edited by An Retset Friday, March 13, 2020 11:51 AM Formatting
    Friday, March 13, 2020 11:42 AM
  • Hello,

    here I am , I no longer work with Microsoft, but I sent some email to some contacts I have to see if they can investigate this.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Friday, March 13, 2020 2:46 PM
  • Thank you Darrell, I greatly appreciate your efforts :)
    Friday, March 13, 2020 2:55 PM
  • Hello,

    They cannot repro the issue, or rather any of the issues in the thread.

    A couple of questions first.

    What is the download location for the ISO that you used?  Sometimes there are multiple locations and one could be corrupted so I would like to know where you downloaded it from.

    Can you open a elevated CMD prompt and run slmgr /DLV and report back the last 4 digits of the product key?  Where did you get the product key or was it the one embedded in the ISO?

    Did you try this without using RUFUS to copy to the USB drive?

    Can you get me the System and Application event logs?

    This is Windows 10 1809 Enterprise LTSC isn't it?

    A couple of statements from the first post.

    A blocked product key should not expire evaluation period,  a blocked product would be a separate issue, this was working when my contacts tested so thus the questions about the product key above.  The evaluation timers are not tied to the product key activation.

    Once the system is expired, if I recall the rearm should no longer work so that is expected behavior, at least on client.

    The LTSC KMS key should not allow itself to be installed on the evaluation edition, that would be expected behavior as well.

    I would have asked to check the certificates had not expired on the system, but since I had people install this at Microsoft successfully I don't think that is the issue.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Friday, March 13, 2020 11:40 PM
  • Darrell,

     

    It certainly is reassuring that you have confirmation of successful installs of LTSC Evaluation.  However it is equally concerning, as I have been able to reproduce this issue on my end countless times, as well as a friend being able to reproduce it on their own hardware.

    I will answer your questions in the order received:

     

    The download location I am using is the Microsoft Evaluation Center:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    Just in case the ISO I downloaded a few weeks ago was in fact corrupt, I have re-downloaded a fresh LTSC 64-bit English (US) ISO from the link above and used that fresh download for answering your remaining questions.

     

    The final digits of the product key are: 6JHWR.  This is the product key embedded in the evaluation ISO.

     

    Up to this point I have only tried using Rufus.  For this fresh reinstall that I am using to answer this set of questions, I instead mounted the ISO in File Explorer, and simply copied the contents of the ISO directly to the FAT-32-formatted 32GB USB drive.

     

    Application Logs

    < BEGIN >
    3/13/2020 9:12:12 PM - EventSystem 4625
    3/13/2020 9:12:12 PM - User Profile Service 1531
    3/13/2020 9:12:16 PM - WLMS 100
    "The license period for this installation of Windows has expired.  The operating system will shutdown every hour."
    < ... >
    3/13/2020 9:16:34 PM - EventSystem 4625
    3/13/2020 9:16:34 PM - WMI 5615
    3/13/2020 9:16:38 PM - WLMS 100
    "The license period for this installation of Windows has expired.  The operating system will shutdown every hour."
    < ... >

    System Logs

    I did not see anything referencing "license" or "expired" in the System Logs; mostly automatic driver installations and Windows updates.  Let me know if you would like a dump of all 250 System Logs and 60 Application Logs to look through them yourself.

     

    Correct, this is Windows 10 1809 Enterprise LTSC (Evaluation).  Verified in Settings > System > About.

     

    In regards to those who have been able to successfully run the evaluation, I'd be curious to know if there are any other differences in their setup process.  There isn't much variability available in the installation process, but I set all the settings in the privacy menu to their "off" state, I decline Activity History, and I choose not to sign in with a Microsoft account ("Domain join instead").  My language is English (US), as is my keyboard layout.  And again, my ethernet connection is a private/home network without access to a KMS server.

     

    Thank you for being so thorough in your response, Darrell - it means a lot.

     

    Kind regards,

    An

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 3:06 AM
  • " I choose not to sign in with a Microsoft account "

    Did you read the Preinstall Information?

    In order to use Windows 10 Enterprise, you must sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:29 AM
  • Hello An,

    I was looking for the entire System and application event logs, preferable somewhere I could download them.

    C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs: application.evtx and System.evtx (Just those two logs)

    I forgot to mention that I think they disabled phone support for the evaluation version which is why that did not work.

    Are you doing any unattended settings?

    Does this happen prior to or after the domain join happens?

    KMS is not used by the Enterprise Eval version or any Eval editions, so it doesn't matter whether one is available or not.


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    Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:32 AM
  • Hi, An

    I have the same problem, as you. When I heard about expired license for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation for the first time [1], when system on my virtual machine was activated in January (I don't remember, what exactly the day was), I tried to reset license by command "slmgr -rearm", and see if I get the information about license expiration. After restarting PC, I saw on desktop corner "Windows License is expired" instead of "Windows License valid for 90 days". I tried troubleshooting and activating by command "slmgr -ato". These procedures returned error code "0xC004C003", which means that product key is blocked. Activation by phone didn't work too. Reinstalling system several times didn't work either. Then I got an idea. I've booted up ISO but I decided this time to install Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC, and see if the same error occurs. And I was surprised. Activation worked without any problems and I got 90 days period, unlike Enterprise LTSC version. For Enterprise N LTSC only you have to do is download Media Feature Pack [2], because the N version has removed Windows Media Player and other related technologies.

    Regards

    Ericsson2003

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    [1] https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-10-license-activation-for-enterprise-ltsc/5971dad3-c542-4eb2-92d9-c324eb38f2a4

    [2] https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/mediafeaturepack

    • Proposed as answer by Ericsson2003 Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:25 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by An Retset Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:04 PM
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:23 AM
  • Darrell,

     

    Here is a Google Drive link with the Application and System logs:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=17kOkYjjJURb7ZdFdZjbPmRJ0J8V8uJjd

    EDIT: These logs are taken about 3-5 minutes after installing Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation fresh (not from some later reboot)

     

    I am not performing any unattended settings.

    This always happens prior to joining any domain.  I simply select the option "Domain join instead" during installation in order to create a local account.  See my next reply below for more information.

    And thank you, good to know regarding KMS and evaluation phone support.

     

    Cheers,

    An


    • Edited by An Retset Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:13 PM clarification
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:31 PM
  • " I choose not to sign in with a Microsoft account "

    Did you read the Preinstall Information?

    In order to use Windows 10 Enterprise, you must sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account

    Hi EckiS,

    Yes, I did read the Preinstall Information - my apologies for not addressing this in my initial post.

    When I try to sign into my Microsoft account during installation, I receive the error:

    "This doesn't look like a work or school email address.  Use another email address or set up Windows with a local account."

    Clicking "set up Windows with a local account" then takes you to the "Domain join instead" page.  I then complete the installation using a local account.

    I too was concerned that this may have been a problem, seeing as it is stated clearly in the Preinstall Information.  However, when I tried installing Windows 10 Enterprise (non-LTSC) Evaluation and followed the same procedure, I was able to set up a local account multiple times with no issue.  It is for this reason that I suspect the Microsoft account step is a strong suggestion rather than a hard requirement.

    Thanks for your input,

    An

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:39 PM
  • Ericsson2003,

     

    Thank you for offering your experience!

    I have tried to install Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC Evaluation from the Microsoft Evaluation Center [1]; however even when selecting European locales, my installation still reports Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (standard, not the 'N' variant), comes with Windows Media Player still pre-installed, and continues to report that it is expired.  Where were you able to find the ISO for Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC Evaluation?

     

    Kind regards,

    An

     

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    Links mentioned in the post above:

    [1] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:39 PM
  • Didn't see a response about a link where the eval was downloaded from, but try reaching out to a Microsoft distributor to get an eval and a temporary product key to test the image for 30 days.

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    Saturday, March 14, 2020 3:23 PM
  • Didn't see a response about a link where the eval was downloaded from, but try reaching out to a Microsoft distributor to get an eval and a temporary product key to test the image for 30 days.

    Thanks for the input.  My account is new and so I'm not able to include hyperlinks, but I have been providing the addresses to websites I reference at the bottom of each of my posts, beneath my signature.  For convenience, I'll repost that link here:

    Microsoft Evaluation Center

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 3:41 PM
  • Ericsson2003,

     

    Thank you for offering your experience!

    I have tried to install Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC Evaluation from the Microsoft Evaluation Center [1]; however even when selecting European locales, my installation still reports Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (standard, not the 'N' variant), comes with Windows Media Player still pre-installed, and continues to report that it is expired.  Where were you able to find the ISO for Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC Evaluation?

     

    Kind regards,

    An

     

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    Links mentioned in the post above:

    [1] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    An,

    When you setup keyboard layout and time & currency format and click button "Install now", after loading everything up you'll see 2 versions available to install: First one is Enterprise LTSC, second one is Enterprise N LTSC. Here's the screenshot [1].

    EDIT #1: The N LTSC version is already included in ISO.

    EDIT #2: What language of this Windows do you downloaded? English GB or English US? I have English US version.

    Regards,

    Ericsson2003

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    [1] https://imgur.com/a/u1NZrWa





    • Edited by Ericsson2003 Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:58 PM ISO Language
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:51 PM
  • Ericsson2003,

     

    That's very interesting...  When I install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation, I am not presented with such options.  And yes, I typically install it using the English US version.  Are we downloading it from the same place?  Here, I will outline the very specific steps I use to install this evaluation below, as well as link to a gallery of images of my installation process.

     

    Images outlining my installation process can be found at this Google Drive link:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sWSUucLWMfGM_BgSXSmEKCyiZyyhlpFh

    The image numbers in brackets [00] correspond to the numbers listed with the steps described below.

     

    On an already working Windows system, do the following:

    - Visit this web address:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-10-enterprise

    - Select "ISO - LTSC"
    > Continue
    - Fill out personal information (Note: Country = United States)
    > Continue
    - Select "64 bit"
    - Select "English" (not Great Britain)
    > Download

    The name of this file being downloaded is:
    17763.107.101029-1455.rs5_release_svc_refresh_CLIENT_LTSC_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso

    - Format a FAT-32 USB drive (right click on drive in "This PC", select "Format...", select File system "FAT32", check "Quick Format", and click "Start".  My drive is 32 GB.  Of course, formatting will delete all data on the drive)

    - Right click on the file that was downloaded in File Explorer (I did this while it was still in the Downloads folder)
    - Click "Mount".  This should open up the new "drive" in File Explorer.
    - Copy the entire contents of this drive to the freshly-formatted USB drive
    - Eject the USB drive

     

    On the computer you wish to install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Evaluation:

    - Ensure the computer is turned off
    - Plug in the USB drive which contains the LTSC Evaluation installer
    - Power on, boot into UEFI/BIOS (my UEFI is called by pressing F12 on boot)
    - [01] Select USB UEFI as boot device

    - [02] Set up locale with English/US settings
    - [03] Click "Install now" (Note: I have no other options present here, aside from "Repair your computer")
    - [04] Accept license terms
    - [05] Select "Custom" installation
    - [06] [07] [08] [09] Create new system partition(s) on your hard drive (I made mine the max size for my 1TB HDD)
    - [10] Wait for Windows to install
    - [11] Restart computer

    - [12] Continue waiting for Windows to install
    - [13] Select "United States" as your region
    - [14] Select "US" for your keyboard layout
    - [15] Skip adding an additional keyboard layout
    - [16] Wait for Windows to install some more

    - [17] When prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account, select "Domain join instead"
    - [18] Give your computer a name.  I'm calling mine LTSC.
    - [19] Leave the password field blank.  This install is just for testing.

    - [20] Decline activity history
    - [21] [22] Disable all privacy settings
    - [23] Wait for Windows to finish its installation
    - [24] This time around I was prompted to set up my network.  It doesn't always happen immediately, but I chose for this PC not to be discoverable.
    - [25] Observe the message "Windows License has expired" on the desktop

     

    Please let me know if your process is any different, Ericsson2003 :)

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:10 PM
  • An,

    OK, I compared your ISO image with mine. It turns out that you have (probably) the newest version of build 1809 LTSC :P. I think that N version was removed in your build (or even in earlier builds, I don't know).

    So, this is your ISO number: 17763.107.101029-1455.rs5_release_svc_refresh_CLIENT_LTSC_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso

    And mine: 17763.1.180914-1434.rs5_release_CLIENT_LTSC_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso (this version has included N version of this system)

    And I got the links for these "un-updated" copies (x86 & x64) [1][2]. You can try it out if you want. And yes, links still work ;).

    Regards

    Ericsson2003

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    [1]

    (32-bit)

    https://software-download.microsoft.com/download/pr/17763.1.180914-1434.rs5_release_CLIENT_LTSC_EVAL_x86FRE_en-us.iso

    [2]

    (64-bit)

    https://software-download.microsoft.com/download/pr/17763.1.180914-1434.rs5_release_CLIENT_LTSC_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso



    • Proposed as answer by Ericsson2003 Sunday, March 15, 2020 7:56 AM
    • Edited by Ericsson2003 Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:02 AM Typo correction
    • Unproposed as answer by An Retset Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:04 PM
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:44 PM
  • Wow, thank you for this information Ericsson2003!!  I just tried it out and you are correct!  I am for the first time seeing the trial for LTSC initialize with 90 days remaining!

    I am going to keep this thread open for the time being, as I am worried that the workaround requires users to specifically download an outdated ISO, and select a more restrictive version upon installation; but once this whole situation gets fully sorted out, I will gladly mark your post above as an answer because it certainly does work for getting LTSC Eval up and running in a pinch :)

    All the best,

    An <3

    Sunday, March 15, 2020 12:26 AM
  • Wow, thank you for this information Ericsson2003!!  I just tried it out and you are correct!  I am for the first time seeing the trial for LTSC initialize with 90 days remaining!

    I am going to keep this thread open for the time being, as I am worried that the workaround requires users to specifically download an outdated ISO, and select a more restrictive version upon installation; but once this whole situation gets fully sorted out, I will gladly mark your post above as an answer because it certainly does work for getting LTSC Eval up and running in a pinch :)

    All the best,

    An <3

    I'm glad I could help you! I've no idea why the N version doesn't exist in the newer builds, but what's the most important thing, that key is not blocked and you have 90 days to use it! I hope this error with expired license on normal edition of Enterprise LTSC will be fixed as soon as possible.

    Regards!

    Ericsson2003

    Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:10 AM
  • A fourth user is experiencing this very same issue, as reported in this forum thread:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/2ec9638c-b931-4550-9eb0-26b6b7853d85

     

    This Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 LTSC Evaluation initialization failure is still an issue, and continues to be reproducible by multiple users.  The only current known workaround is to install an outdated ISO file from a hidden download address, and even after jumping through those hoops, the initialization still fails unless the user then ALSO selects the more restrictive 'N' variant of LTSC.  This workaround is described by Ericsson2003 above in more detail.

     

    Hopefully a proper solution will be brought forward, so that the official and current ISO download from Microsoft does not result in a product which is dead-on-arrival for a growing number of its users.

    • Edited by An Retset Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:20 PM
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:15 PM
  • Hello,

    I asked someone at Microsoft to retry the tests with the links you provided.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:18 PM
  • Thank you for the continued help, Darrell!
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 6:04 PM
  • Hello,

    I asked someone at Microsoft to retry the tests with the links you provided.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Were you replying to me? If yes, then thanks a lot!
    • Edited by Ericsson2003 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:22 PM Grammar correction
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:19 PM
  • Hello,

    They have a Repro at Microsoft now, so they will be working on addressing this.



    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:30 PM