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I’m reinstalling Windows Developer Preview and need to enter a product key.

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  • If you need to reinstall Windows Developer Preview or use the Reset functionality, you might be asked to enter this product key: 

     

    6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498

     

    If you’re running a server version of Windows Developer Preview, you can use this product key:

    4Y8N3-H7MMW-C76VJ-YD3XV-MBDKV

     

    Note: These product keys are only for use with the Windows Developer Preview version of Windows 8.


    Michael

    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:23 PM
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  • If you need to reinstall Windows Developer Preview or use the Reset functionality, you might be asked to enter this product key: 

     

    6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498

     

    If you’re running a server version of Windows Developer Preview, you can use this product key:

    4Y8N3-H7MMW-C76VJ-YD3XV-MBDKV

     

    Note: These product keys are only for use with the Windows Developer Preview version of Windows 8.


    Michael

    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:23 PM
    Owner
  • How did you do to reinstall Win Dev Prev? could u get back to the previous OS?
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:33 PM
  • The installation of Dev Prev failed the first time because of a DVD error on my PC. The second time it is asking mw for a product key that i cannot skip.

    I tried these keys and they do not work any chance of getting some working keys?

     

     thanks

     

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:07 PM
  • I am having the same issue, can't find the right bloody product key.  Everything says no product key is needed, but it clearly is.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:43 PM
  • I thought I saw somewhere that if you go into the sources folder there should be a text file with product keys :)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:16 PM
  • Several people in this thread seem to be having success with this problem with redownloading the ISO and reburning.   Some are having success by clicking skip.

    Please Let us know how that works out.

     

    BillFill MSFT


    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:03 AM
    Owner
  • As indicated in another post, I found a PID in the sources folder of the burned disc.

     

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:06 AM
  • Hi,

     

    When it is asking for the product key there is no option to skip. You can close the window but that takes you back to the setup window and when you click install you get the product key window AGAIN.

    The PID in the  in the source folder is the same as above and does not work for me.

     

     

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:08 AM
  • I did a reset (not complete re-install from formatted drive). It asked for a product key, I just ignored it and it went ahead without any problem.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:49 AM
  • It does not work for me either...several times trying...
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:01 PM
  • I found MY problem.  When I copied the install to a USB drive, it skipped the one big 4GB file, because my USB Drive was formatted FAT32.  I changed over to a network share, and got it installed just fine.
    • Proposed as answer by Mark Richards Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:20 PM
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:20 PM
  • I found MY problem.  When I copied the install to a USB drive, it skipped the one big 4GB file, because my USB Drive was formatted FAT32.  I changed over to a network share, and got it installed just fine.

    4g file?   You must have copied it in .iso format and not the actual files. FAT 32 works fine on USB. Grab magicdisc (freeware) or a similar program to mount the ISO then copy over the files from the virtual dvd drive.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:35 PM
  • No, I used 7Zip to unpack the .iso, and one of the files is \Sources\install.wim and it is 4.25GB.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:38 PM
  • I used Microsoft's own USB download tool that is designed for Windows 7 to put the ISO contents on my flash drive. It worked just fine.

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

     

    Try that.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:39 PM
  • i had the product key problem, not when re-installing but when i was trying to install as an update and fresh.

    I treid heaps of different keys..

    The solution.... Just downloaded the file again, then it just skips past the product key screen automatically

    Both installs i have have the same SHA-1, but downloaded the 8 hours apart, the latest works

    Friday, September 16, 2011 11:21 AM
  • I am planning to Reinstall Win Dev 8, do i require to get a key, it didnt ask for first install... Please confirm... Thanks

     


    Thanks Sarath
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:18 PM
  • Being able to “reset” to “factory condition” is not new to Windows. Before Windows Vista, you can use Windows installation disc to reinstall Windows, of course. OEMs used to give Windows installation disc to the end users. Over time, they included a recovery partition and usually program that can restore the PCs back to the “factory condition”. Unfortunately, for the sake of more profits, OEMs often included some unwanted programs in your PC, colloquially known as “crapware”, that often adversely affect the performance of the PC. Even if you manually uninstall ALL the crapware, your PC is often still far below optimal performance.

    If you want optimal performance of your PC, you may want to install Windows without all those crapware. However, this cannot be done without a Windows installation disc. Of course, it’s possible to download Windows disc images online from third party but there is no guarantee that such disc images are not being “improved”. Also since Windows XP, Microsoft includes activation mechanism to prevent piracy. But you cannot actually activate the preinstalled Windows Vista or Windows 7 online on your own. There is a third party tool that allows you to back up the activation status and later restore it when you reinstall Windows. Note that this only works at the “same PC” and it is NOT piracy. The “Factory Condition Recovery” offered by OEMs will not only reinstall Windows but also ALL the crapware.

    Windows Vista has a feature called “Complete PC Backup”, which allows you to create an EXACT copy of ALL the data on at least the Windows partition of your hard disk. Coupled with System Repair Disc, for the first time the users can “reinstall” Windows along with other data. In Windows 7, this feature has further been improved. You can optionally choose to back up other partition of the hard disk as well.

    In Windows “8” Developer Preview, the “reset” is even being put in a more noticeable place but because no image of Windows “8” Developer Preview being put into hard disk while install Windows 8, hitting the “reset” button cannot “reset” unless you put in the Windows installation disc.

    When I installed Windows “8” Developer Preview, I was not asked to enter product key or activate Windows after installing Windows “8” Developer Preview. When I “reset” Windows “8” Developer Preview, I was asked to enter product key before the “reset” can proceed. Presumably, the shipping version of Windows “8” will require both product key and activation. I remember from experience that Microsoft actually allows you to install Windows without entering product key or activating Windows for a limited amount of time. (Up to 120 days for Windows 7) I supposed “activation mechanism” was in fact included but activation was not actually required at least in Windows “8” Developer Preview since I was not asked to enter product key or activate Windows when I installed it. I just hit the “Skip” button to allow the “reset” to proceed.

    When the “reset” was done, I moved on to verify my assumption with “slmgr –xpr” in Command Prompt with Administrative Privileges. I was told that “The machine is permanently activated”. Having said that, I do not think my PC is “permanently activated”. Checking with “winver.exe”, I was told that this version of Windows “Developer Preview” was slated to expire on March 12, 2012, which made sense since this is a pre-release program; I believed that Windows “8” Developer Preview was indeed a piece of time-limited software for evaluation purposes, which explained why the included “activation mechanism” did not actually work in this release.

    The short answer: just click the “Skip” button.


    Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Proposed as answer by mhudson856 Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:22 PM
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 5:30 PM
  • I didn't get the screen to input Product Key.  However, I just noticed that the \sources folder in the Installation media has a bunch of Product Keys with different editions.  I am not aware if any one of these could help!

    Filename: \sources\product.ini


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    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:22 PM
  • I downloaded the ISO ,burnt it to a disk and tried installing it but was asked for a product key,I found the file called Product in the sources folder,it does include many product keys but none of them work,I even tried product keys listed for server editions but perhaps unsurprisingly none of those worked either,also the 6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498 does not work.

    I'm going to try redownloading and reburning,will let you know if that fixes it.

    Edited to add,Well I fixed the problem,instead of redownloading the image I first tried reburning it,I used a new DVD-RW whereas before I used an old disk and formatted it,not sure if that was the problem but using a brand new,unformatted disk worked and the preview installed without asking for any product key.
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:47 AM
  • I have downloaded and burned the .iso several times now, both the 32 and 64 bit versions, I continue to get the same error message whenever trying to install, "Unable to verify product key" not sure what the problem is here, can someone please post a valid product key that works!!!

    6RH4V-HNTWC-JQKG8-RFR3R-36498 DOESN'T WORK SO PLEASE STOP POSTING THIS ONE

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:47 PM
  • I have downloaded and installed them several times, and never been asked for a product key. I got my download from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/apps/br229516/ . I was using a usb flash drive.
    • Proposed as answer by Mario Fervers Friday, October 14, 2011 2:42 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Mario Fervers Friday, October 14, 2011 2:42 PM
    Friday, September 23, 2011 3:10 AM
  • MOST of the time, the request for a product key is due to a bad media burn. 

    For DVD:

    • Unfortunately, if the ISO burn tool that you are using doesn't copy 0kb files, it will miss some essential files and the "enter the product key" issue will result.  It might be a good idea to try a different ISO burn tool, and see if your problem persists. 
    • If you are downloading the 64bit Developer Preview with Tools, make sure you are using a DVD-9 disk, and dual layer. 

    For USB:

    • Ensure that the size you use is appropriate for the download you chose (8G flash drive is required for the 64bit Developer Preview with Tools) and that it is formatted properly so that the ~4G file can be transferred fully. 

     

     

     

     

     


    Monday, October 03, 2011 4:55 AM
  • MOST of the time, the request for a product key is due to a bad media burn. 

    For DVD:

    • Unfortunately, if the ISO burn tool that you are using doesn't copy 0kb files, it will miss some essential files and the "enter the product key" issue will result.  It might be a good idea to try a different ISO burn tool, and see if your problem persists. 
    • If you are downloading the 64bit Developer Preview with Tools, make sure you are using a DVD-9 disk, and dual layer. 

    For USB:

    • Ensure that the size you use is appropriate for the download you chose (8G flash drive is required for the 64bit Developer Preview with Tools) and that it is formatted properly so that the ~4G file can be transferred fully. 

     


    Just posting for anyone else stumbling here via Google, as whilst I didn't get asked for a product key and checked the source files for my Windows 8 Dev. Preview as a-okay... my clean install refused to activate.

    Turns out during installation time, my system clock was reset to 01-Jan-2010... after updating it to the correct time, Windows 8 finally activated correctly and can now do all the Windows Update stuff, etc. :)
    Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:17 PM
  • I also have the ****36498 key showing as product key in the System Properies panel. As far as I understand this is a generic key. When running speccy.exe utility I'm getting a different key ending in ***HMDHJ. I believe this is the actual individual activation key for my install (This means it won't work for your installation). The utility may be downloaded from www.piriform.org
    Vladimir Shipitsyn
    Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:29 PM
  • I found MY problem. When I copied the install to a USB drive, it skipped the one big 4GB file, because my USB Drive was formatted FAT32. I changed over to a network share, and got it installed just fine

     

    This problem happened to me But I put the Settings NTFS and worked well try to do this

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:26 AM
  • Hi,

     

    i could use a key also, BUT if one can only test Windows 8 for a month, no thanks.

    Then you hear you have to buy a key?????for a trial version?

    There are no drivers for my revodrive 3 x2 available, no one knows if Office 2010 will work and third party programs like Adobe, Java,  antivirus, an another bunge of programs one uses.

    Jeff

    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:37 AM
  • According to license terms and conditions that you have to agre to prior to installing WDP the system is activated automatically when you connect to the Internet with a key that is the same for everybody and will stop working March 8, 2012.

    I have installed Office 2010 and it works just fine in Windows 8. The same goes for Adobe. And you don't need antivirus since the new improved Windows Defender that is part of the system is the same as Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus designed for Windows 7 licensed users.


    Vladimir Shipitsyn
    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:39 PM
  • According to license terms and conditions that you have to agre to prior to installing WDP the system is activated automatically when you connect to the Internet with a key that is the same for everybody and will stop working March 8, 2012.

    I have installed Office 2010 and it works just fine in Windows 8. The same goes for Adobe. And you don't need antivirus since the new improved Windows Defender that is part of the system is the same as Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus designed for Windows 7 licensed users.


    Vladimir Shipitsyn

    thanks Vladimir,

     

    i was installing Win8 X64 on my revodrive 3 X2 but since Win8 has not the proper drivers (neither does OCZ) i could not install.

     

    When i retried a few days later, but to install it this time on one of my Sata-2 SSD's, apparantly the installation files where still available, although i cannot find them. So in a few seconds i am asked to put in the activation key.

    Will retry this, keep you informed, because it it does not work, i will have to ask help for this problem.

     

    thanks

     

    Jeff

     


    • Edited by jeffrys Saturday, November 05, 2011 8:39 AM
    Saturday, November 05, 2011 8:14 AM
  • hi Vladimir,

     

    well i did put in my USB sitck with Win 8 on, loading files is way to fast and after a few secs i am ask for the activation code.

     

    So can anyone tell me how to overcome this.

     

    thanks

     

     

    Jeff


    • Edited by jeffrys Saturday, November 05, 2011 1:09 PM
    Saturday, November 05, 2011 8:40 AM
  • If you downloaded original WDP .iso from msdn site you shouldn't have any problems with activation. 
    Vladimir Shipitsyn
    Saturday, November 05, 2011 10:36 AM
  • If this a new install, and not a reinstall, the typical reason that you'd get a request to enter a product key is incorrect formatting on the USB stick, or a bad burn.  If the image is clean on the download, you won't have to activate - it will do it automatically. 

     

    Please remember that this is a pre-beta build and cannot be uninstalled, so you should not be using this on your only machine. 

     

    Office 2010 works in desktop mode, since its not metro enabled.

    Saturday, November 05, 2011 3:28 PM
  • no Vladimir,

     

    first try and code was not asked.

     

    Second try and "BAM" code was asked after 5 seconds.

    Tried several times again, always the same.

     

    But the code offered here works. Did not try this sooner, because on the board here was said that the code was not good....

     

    But is good.

     

    thanks

     

    Jeff

     

    Saturday, November 05, 2011 6:57 PM
  • After you install run a key finder and it will display the product key.
    Sunday, November 06, 2011 12:28 AM
  • I didn't have any problems with downloading and installing. The only problems I had was after I installed the evaluation copy, I downloaded and installed Microsoft Office 2010 and it was on the Start page. I logged out and I shut it down. The next morning I thought I would take it to college with me and try out the internet there. I could not get it to go on and I tried most of the day. I got home and tried but it would not let me go on line and when I went to the button to turn on the internet I saw it but when I clicked it nothing happened. It did at one time last year when it was new had WindowsXP on it. I accidentally arased it when I wanted to do a duo boot with Ubuntu Linux. So, when I installed the evalutation copy the netbook still had Ubuntu Linux on it. I also wanted to know if I could put two other programs on the Start page that I had downloaded and installed. One is Adobe Flash, and the other is a Java program. If I can how can I do it? I use these programs for my math book that is electronic and online. Just wanted to know. Happy Thanksgiving:-)
    Victoria Jean Bushaw-Boichot
    Thursday, November 24, 2011 4:24 AM
  • If you want to add an icon to the Start menu press the Windows button+C, choose Search, then Search Apps, find your program and check Pin to the Start.

    Office 2010 is completely compatible and works completely fine in WDP without need for any additional settings or configurations.


    Vladimir Shipitsyn
    Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:38 AM
  • for the record, I used wim2vhd to deploy the install.wim to a VHD which I am using with Windows 7's Boot to VHD feature and I was able to just hit skip.
    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:48 PM
  • I had problem with cd key when loading .iso onto usb flash drive.

    Format usb drive using NTFS first and problem goes away.

    Sunday, January 01, 2012 3:12 PM
  • people the answer is so easy .... look all u need to do is to forget the media don't burn into DVD ... use Windows7-USB-DVD-tool and get USB 8gb and the tools will fix and put all files into USB .... then from ur laptop make first boot from USB then install the windows it wont ask you for any thing

    thank you and don't wait to asking ... have a nice time


    Ahmed1981
    Saturday, January 07, 2012 7:27 AM
  • excuse me but i tried to freshly install the windows 8 32bit but it keeps asking me about the product key and none of the ones u gave is working :/ please help
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:00 PM
  • could u tell me please how did u installed windows developer preview ? if u installed from DVD or upgrate from hard desk  or from USB flash ?and ur previous windows and if it was original r copy and tell me ur internet speed since u downloaded from the website
    Ahmed1981
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:49 PM
  • I succesfully installed the ISO in a VMware workstation, initially I ran into a problems because I did not provide  the key so the setup was looking for the KEY in the floppy or the file autoinst.flp, after I removed the logical floppy the setup ran smoothly.

    Many of you are right the key is in the folder \sources\pid.txt but the setup never ask for it.

    Try to find out where your setup is looking for the key

    • Proposed as answer by lala187 Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:33 PM
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:48 PM
  • I succesfully installed the ISO in a VMware workstation, initially I ran into a problems because I did not provide  the key so the setup was looking for the KEY in the floppy or the file autoinst.flp, after I removed the logical floppy the setup ran smoothly.

    Many of you are right the key is in the folder \sources\pid.txt but the setup never ask for it.

    Try to find out where your setup is looking for the key


    I have tryed this and it works it stops to look for the key but you can always put the key on a stiffie and it will find the pid.txt there.
    • Edited by lala187 Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:36 PM wrong file
    Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:35 PM
  •  I FIXED IT...    YA LO SOOOOOOLUCIONE.... BUENO SEGUIDO DE UN CONSEJO AKI... VOLVI A GRABAR EL DVD EN OTRO PROGRAMA.. AL INICIO USE EL ROXIO... PERO NO ME FUNCIONO A LA HORA DE INSTALARLO PUES SALE ESO DE PRODUCT KEY.... Y YA SABEN PUSE TODOS LOS QUE ENCOTNRE EN LA RED Y NAD... PERO LUEGO LO VOLVI A GRABAR PERO CON EL ASHAMPU Y LISTO CON ESTO LO INSTALE SIN Q ME PIDIERA NADA DE PRODUCT KEY... AHI ESTA LA SOLUCION.. VUELVAN A QUEMAR EL DVD.

    JUST BURN THE DVD AGAIN.. USING ANOTHER DVD BURN PROGRAM... LIKE ASHAMPO

    Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:56 PM
  • Que Raro yo use Roxio 10 y me funciono de lo mas bien en 32/64 bits.

    ThaTs wierd, I use Roxio 10 and it work fine for me on 32/64 bits. on a DVD-RW.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 5:28 AM
  • I also used 7zip and the total size of the .iso is greater than 4.8GB with the Visual Studio 11.
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:34 AM