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Windows 8 ISOs don't have ei.cfg anymore?

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I noticed that the ISO for Windows 8 Pro RTM doesn't have the familiar ei.cfg file that Windows 7 SKUs had. In Windows 7, you could edit or remove this file and then you would be able to install whichever SKU version you wished. But I can't find any such file in the Windows 8 RTM ISO. Anyone else found this to be the case also?

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Enterprise has ei.cfg

Professional doesn't, but it's also possible the unofficial ISO's don't have it but the MS released ones will.

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So, you're thinking the official releases tomorrow on Technet and MSDN will have it? I guess I was figuring that the leaked builds are exactly what are coming out officially.

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So, you're thinking the official releases tomorrow on Technet and MSDN will have it? I guess I was figuring that the leaked builds are exactly what are coming out officially.

Dunno, we will just have to wait and see.

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So, you're thinking the official releases tomorrow on Technet and MSDN will have it? I guess I was figuring that the leaked builds are exactly what are coming out officially.

you should never assume, especially with the groups the leaked them

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So, you're thinking the official releases tomorrow on Technet and MSDN will have it? I guess I was figuring that the leaked builds are exactly what are coming out officially.

They are the same files, but if I remember correctly they weren't in ISO form and they had to turn the install files into a bootable ISO. CRC checks are unlikely to match the official ISOs, and it wouldn't shock me at all if they aren't 100% identical otherwise because they may have had to hack it a bit. I think they messed with the EULA as well.

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True that.

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Yes I noticed that too and was concerned as to how one would go about "unlocking" all SKUs like in Windows 7 where simply removing the ei.cfg would do it. So looking over another all-in-one download that did unlock several SKUs I noticed that a ei.cfg was created that essentially did the same thing. I've tried it and it works to unlock the SKUs. Just create the file with notepad and add it to the \sources directory (where it was in win 7) and you will get the result below. The ei.cfg file I used is shown below. You can also make an all-in-one disk that this attached graphic is from by following easy instructions here (this is for win 7 but it adapts easily and works the same for win8 (I've tested!): http://www.techpower...ad.php?t=145356 By the way, using this ei.cfg file also had the effect of giving the menu instead of having to enter a key. You can therefore install without a key--it does ask for a key at the end (instead of the beginning) of the install but, also, using this file gives you a "skip" option at that point! Of course you'll need something eventually to activate.

ei.cfg file:

[Channel]

volume

[VL]

1

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Yes I noticed that too and was concerned as to how one would go about "unlocking" all SKUs like in Windows 7 where simply removing the ei.cfg would do it. So looking over another all-in-one download that did unlock several SKUs I noticed that a ei.cfg that was created that essentially did the same thing. I've tried it and it works to unlock the SKUs. Just create the file with notepad and add it to the \sources directory (where it was in win 7) and you will get the result below. The ei.cfg file I used is shown below. You can also make an all-in-one disk that this attached graphic is from by following easy instructions here (this is for win 7 but it adapts easily and works the same for win8 (I've tested!): http://www.techpower...ad.php?t=145356 By the way, using this ei.cfg file also had the effect of giving the menu instead of having to enter a key. You can therefore install without a key--it does ask for a key at the end (instead of the beginning) of the install but, also, using this file gives you a "skip" option at that point! Of course you'll need something eventually to activate.

ei.cfg file:

[Channel]

volume

[VL]

1

thanks for that!, very useful

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Brilliant! Thank you! Of course, I'll be installing just the Pro version, since I really don't see the need for the additional stuff that comes with the Ultimate version. Unless, of course, Ultimate has features that I would find useful.

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Brilliant! Thank you! Of course, I'll be installing just the Pro version, since I really don't see the need for the additional stuff that comes with the Ultimate version. Unless, of course, Ultimate has features that I would find useful.

There is no Ultimate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions

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no Ultimate--just "home" called Windows 8 (also called the 'core' version) and Windows 8 Pro. They went from 5 versions back to 2, like in XP. There's also Enterprise and Server 2012, like there was with 7, and a new WinRT that is just for tablets.

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Brilliant! Thank you! Of course, I'll be installing just the Pro version, since I really don't see the need for the additional stuff that comes with the Ultimate version. Unless, of course, Ultimate has features that I would find useful.

There is no Windows 8 Ultimate.

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no Ultimate--just "home" called Windows 8 (also called the 'core' version) and Windows 8 Pro. They went from 5 versions back to 2, like in XP. There's also Enterprise and Server 2012, like there was with 7, and a new WinRT that is just for tablets.

Terrible bad info there. No "home", no "Core".

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

WIndows RT (Pre-loaded Tablets)

Windows Enterprise (Volume License)

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There is no Windows 8 Ultimate.

Ah OK. Well, makes sense. It was best with XP; XP Home and Professional. Especially since with Windows 7 the Ultimate version came only with BitLocker drive encryption and free language pack addons.

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Terrible bad info there. No "home", no "Core".

These are "familiar" names that have been used by many to describe what is technically named "Windows 8." I wasn't giving the version those names per se.

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There are tonnes of version names floating about that people are inventing so I dont blame you for giving out advice on windows 8 home/ultimate or whatever.

Just windows 8

windows 8 pro

windows 8 NT

windows 8 enterprise.

If im wrong someone shoot me

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There are tonnes of version names floating about that people are inventing so I dont blame you for giving out advice on windows 8 home/ultimate or whatever.

Just windows 8

windows 8 pro

windows 8 NT

windows 8 enterprise.

If im wrong someone shoot me

BANG!

There are four SKU's for Windows 8, but not quite named as above.

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise (imo, doesn't count as you can't buy it)
  • Windows RT

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BANG!

Care to elaborate on my mistake?

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Care to elaborate on my mistake?

I have. I was editing. ;)

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I have. I was editing. ;)

OH NOOOO.... :( one letter off not getting shot!!

Imagine if my life properly depended on me getting that right and I was one letter wrong.... :s

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OH NOOOO.... :( one letter off not getting shot!!

Imagine if my life properly depended on me getting that right and I was one letter wrong.... :s

Yuh huh.. Like, totally!

Sorry dude, but I think I've been hanging around Americans too much... I've gotten trigger happy! :p (that's just a joke, guys!)

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Yuh huh.. Like, totally!

Sorry dude, but I think I've been hanging around Americans too much... I've gotten trigger happy! :p (that's just a joke, guys!)

hahahhahhahhahahahahahhahahaha lolzorific

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OH NOOOO.... :( one letter off not getting shot!!

Imagine if my life properly depended on me getting that right and I was one letter wrong.... :s

Yuh huh.. Like, totally!

Sorry dude, but I think I've been hanging around Americans too much... I've gotten trigger happy! :p (that's just a joke, guys!)

you're both missing a couple :p

Windows 8 N

Windows 8 Pro N

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