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how to get sideload product key in order to deploy windows store app into Windows 8 pro and windows RT RRS feed

  • Question

  • From where can i get the Windows 8 sideload product key and the process how to get it .please explain in detail .
    • Edited by Saikrupakar Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:22 AM
    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:20 AM

Answers

  • Hi 

    Just follow these steps :

    Go to the Visual Studio store menu

    Select Create  app packages

    When prompted for whether the package is for the store select no

    Follow the prompts as usual for platform etc.

    When completed open the output folder

    In the output folder will be a folder named after your app with the extension _Test

    This folder contains everything needed to sideload your app

    Copy this folder to the target machine

    In this folder is a file named Add-AppDevPackage.ps1 

    Right click the file and select Run with PowerShell

    Then follow the instructions. If there is no developer license on the machine, you will be walked through adding one. You will be asked to accept the key which Visual Studio has created for you.

    So that's it. Run Add-AppDevPackage with PowerShell and accept all prompts.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:00 AM
  • Hi Saikrupakar,

    Side-loading is an enterprise facility, so you'll be better off asking this in the Windows 8 IT Pro forums on TechNet. Start with the Windows 8 Sideloading Requirements, which has step by step instructions on how to activate your sideloading key. For more information about sideloading product keys, see the Windows 8 Licensing Guide.

    If you need more help with this then take a look at these previous threads or post a new one in those forums.

    The method Peter outlines is for testing during the development process, not for production side-loading.

    --Rob

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:59 PM

All replies

  • Hi 

    Just follow these steps :

    Go to the Visual Studio store menu

    Select Create  app packages

    When prompted for whether the package is for the store select no

    Follow the prompts as usual for platform etc.

    When completed open the output folder

    In the output folder will be a folder named after your app with the extension _Test

    This folder contains everything needed to sideload your app

    Copy this folder to the target machine

    In this folder is a file named Add-AppDevPackage.ps1 

    Right click the file and select Run with PowerShell

    Then follow the instructions. If there is no developer license on the machine, you will be walked through adding one. You will be asked to accept the key which Visual Studio has created for you.

    So that's it. Run Add-AppDevPackage with PowerShell and accept all prompts.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:00 AM
  • Hi Saikrupakar,

    Side-loading is an enterprise facility, so you'll be better off asking this in the Windows 8 IT Pro forums on TechNet. Start with the Windows 8 Sideloading Requirements, which has step by step instructions on how to activate your sideloading key. For more information about sideloading product keys, see the Windows 8 Licensing Guide.

    If you need more help with this then take a look at these previous threads or post a new one in those forums.

    The method Peter outlines is for testing during the development process, not for production side-loading.

    --Rob

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:59 PM
  • thank you Rob .I searched in Windows 8 it pro forums also but i didnt find complete deatils how to get side load product key from it.Can u please explain in detail.
    Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:00 PM
  • Everything I know about this is in the documentation I linked.

    If you need more details you are more likely to find people who know about side-loading in the TechNet forums where it is on topic.

    --Rob

    Monday, April 22, 2013 4:26 PM
  • Can my admins distribute my apps this way?
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:07 PM
  • I was able to resolve my issue once I worked with Microsoft Professional Services.  Here are the steps needed to deploy a Windows 8 Store app for anyone else looking for help on this.

    Create your app package in Visual Studio

        https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj874388.aspx

    Create an app certificate using PowerShell as administrator, here is one way to do it.

        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/jj835832%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

    Install the app on the device

        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/jj835832%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

    Ensure Device has the correct GP settings

        http://blogs.technet.com/b/scd-odtsp/archive/2012/09/27/windows-8-sideloading-requirements.aspx

    Install the application on the device

        Refer to Sideload the app for user section
        https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj874388.aspx

    * If you run your app now you should get an error, this is because you have not installed a Sideloading Key

    And the missing piece of the puzzle What is a Sideload key and how can I get one?

    * Documentation on this is confusing so here is what I needed to know and found out

        Sideload key is a product key that is needed to be added to the device so that it can use Windows 8 apps that are not from the Store

        It is not a requirement to have the machine joined to the domain or have Windows Enterprise installed on it. In my case my target was a Windows 8.0 Pro tablet.

        You do not need Windows 8.1 to use sideloading it will work on Windows 8.0 as well

        You can purchase a key from a Third Party Distributor but you will need to know what to ask for

        Ask for a Windows 8 Sideloading Key, Sometimes referred to as a Windows 8 Embedded Sideloading product key

        They cost about $100.00 a pop but they sell them as a Volume License so the minimum you can by is 5.

        However in my case it turned out that my company had an Enterprise Sideloading License, I just needed to know who to ask and what to ask for.

        Once you get your xxxxx-xxxxx- Slideloading key from the distributor here are the steps to installing it on the device (Section 2 Step 3)

        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/micham/archive/2014/05/30/sideloading-store-apps-to-windows-8-1-devices.aspx

    Once I installed that my application worked.
    Monday, January 26, 2015 10:58 PM
  • Mike,

    Thank you for adding a reply to this older post. Regarding:

    "However in my case it turned out that my company had an Enterprise Sideloading License, I just needed to know who to ask and what to ask for."

    I've asked my reseller, they said I should already have it. I'm running Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro. I've done the whole: slmgr / dlv command to find out if this feature is enabled but it states it's 'unlicensed'. But here's the weird part, sideloading appears to work at first but after ~24-48 hours my app no longer works, no matter what. The only way to recover is to reburn my OS image on top.

    My questions for you are:

    1) What specifically did you ask of your reseller to get this key?

    2) When you didn't have this key, did see this same behavior of it working for a short period of time?

    Thank you.


    Monday, February 8, 2016 10:51 PM