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Product Keys and Activation

Product Keys and Activation (Industry 8)

7/8/2014

Review the product keys and activation methods available for Windows Embedded 8 Industry (Industry 8).

Windows Embedded 8 Industry (Industry 8) product keys are used to:

  • Determine the grace period or evaluation period of an image.
  • Generate a product identifier (PID) to identify each unique installation of Industry 8.

A valid product key is required to install Industry 8. Evaluation images that are successfully activated with a 180-day evaluation product key will expire at the end of their evaluation period and cannot be reactivated or upgraded.

If a device is not activated and a grace period is not in effect, that device will enter a notification state and will start to exhibit different behavior. The behavior of a device in a notification state is determined by the type of product key installed. For example if an evaluation key is installed and the device enters a notification state, then a persistent watermark will be displayed in the lower-right corner of the screen indicating the system is not genuine and the device will restart every 20 to 30 minutes. If a non-evaluation product key is installed and the device enters a notification state, then a persistent watermark will be displayed in the lower-right corner of the screen indicating the system is not genuine but the device will remain fully functional and will not periodically restart.

Key

Evaluation period

Grace period

Unlicensed behavior

Direct activation

Evaluation key

Evaluation keys may be obtained from Windows Embedded.

180 days

10 days

Immersive watermark

Restart every 20 to 30 minutes

Required

Retail key

0 days

n/a

Immersive watermark

Required

OEM key

0 days

n/a

Immersive watermark

Required

Volume license key

0 days

n/a

Immersive watermark

Required

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Once you activate an evaluation image, you have an evaluation period of up to 180 days to use the software.  You can track the amount of time you have left by opening Control Panel, then clicking Action Center and checking the Activation Details.  If you fail to activate this evaluation image after installation, or if your evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black, you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine, and the software will shut down every 20 to 30 minutes without notice and with the possibility of losing unsaved work.  Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your device and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Industry 8. A clean installation is required.

A ten day grace period is enabled only by installing an evaluation product key. During this grace period, the device is fully functional. If the device is successfully activated during this grace period, the following behaviors will be exhibited:

  • A 180-day evaluation period will be enabled, allowing the device to be fully functional for 180-days.
  • The Windows Embedded 8 Industry watermark on the desktop will be appended with the phrase “Evaluation Copy”.

If the device is not successfully activated during the 10-day grace period, then the device will be considered “out-of-grace” and the following behaviors will be exhibited:

  • The Industry 8 logo will be appended with the phrase “Evaluation Copy.”
  • The device background will display a message stating the image is not licensed.
  • The log file located at %WINDIR%\debug\wlms.log will contain messages that read “The grace period has expired and the system has no license. This computer will shut down.”
  • The device will restart every 20 to 30 minutes
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The Industry 8 setup process performs several verifications which rely on the device’s date and time settings. To ensure the verifications are accurate, confirm that the device is set to the correct date and time.

Windows Embedded 8 Industry (Industry 8) is available in two editions: Windows Embedded 8 Industry Professional (Industry 8 Professional) and Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise (Industry 8 Enterprise). Product keys are unique to each edition and cannot be used interchangeably between editions. For more information on the differences between these editions, see Industry 8 Enterprise Edition Features.

When you create your image, messages are written to the event log located at %WINDIR%\Panther\UnattendGC\setupact.log that state what type of product key is in use for that image. You can review this log after image creation to determine your image’s license details.

You can also use the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (SLMgr.vbs) to obtain details of the license in your for your image. Type the following command at an elevated command prompt on the device to obtain the device’s current license information:

Slmgr -dli

The information returned will include the last five characters of the product key used for the device’s image, the license status, and the length of time remaining until the license expires, if applicable. The contents of the License Status field will indicate whether your image is licensed.

Each device must be activated, and the process of activation encompasses several distinct steps as follows:

  1. Obtain a product key and apply it to the device.
  2. Send the product key and the device’s unique information to Microsoft’s activation servers. This information is a combination of the OEM ID, product key, and the device’s hardware hash, and can be sent by phone, direct Internet connection, or use of a proxy activation tool.
  3. Microsoft activation servers reply with a confirmation ID.

For more information on the activation process, see Activate a Device.

Volume license keys for Industry 8 are available to qualifying volume license customers. For more information on volume activation, see Volume Activation Overview

If you are a qualifying volume license customer and if you are converting a device from a Key Management Services (KMS) host or Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) edition of Industry 8 to a KMS client, type the following command at an elevated command prompt to install the applicable setup key:

Slmgr /ipk <setupkey>

Replace <setupkey> with the appropriate key for your edition of Industry 8 from the following table:

Industry 8 edition

Product key

Windows Embedded 8 Industry Professional (Industry 8 Professional)

RYXVT-BNQG7-VD29F-DBMRY-HT73M

Windows Embedded 8 Industry Enterprise (Industry 8 Enterprise)

NKB3R-R2F8T-3XCDP-7Q2KW-XWYQ2

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