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Windows 2008 - Activation issue

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Hi ive installed an 'evaluation copy of Win 2008' but during installation it keeps prompting to input the 'Product key' - I have not got one, eventually Im able to get passed this and complete install and use but always seem to get service stopping or causing intermitant problems!

Does anyone know where I can get  temporary Product key from as I think this appears to be the issue?

integrated on my disc is already SP2 and nothing more as downloading updates appear to cause more problems!!

On completion of the install I found the 'product id' in one of the windows I opened but the 'digits' did not appear to be enough so incorrect last time I tried!!!

I also cannot now open features due to 'restriction of privileges' for eg!!!  total loada ..!!!!!!!!!! Even though yes Im the 'admin'!!!

Ive probably installed about 5 time now as never used to get this 'Product key' message before, even though Im not connected to the internet via cable at all and cleared out cmos and repartitioned and reformatted!!!

No one appears to know!!!!!!
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you can ingnore the key and you should start a trial till activation.
the restrictions are probably because you need to run the "server manager" as administrator
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Hi
Windows 2008 is not available for download any more and no  temporary Product key available .

if you want windows 2008 R2 then you can download from link below and get Temporary product key for Windows 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2008-r2-trial.aspx
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by:mikey250
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Hi i downloaded Win 2008 32bit last week as link was sent to my email address! I have not got a 64bit pc, so a product key should have come with my email Im assuming.  I will have to look for it!!
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Downloading Win 2008 32bit is just for test purposes by the way for a small LAN to test! nothing else!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi setasoujiro, I can't ignore the key because it doesn't allow continued install, so what I do is keep entering a load of random numbers quick and eventually it allows me to continue with install!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It stated that if I tick the box, Windows Activation would activate once connected to the internet, so I removed this tick as according to the reading also it stated the system will try to Activate after 3 days!!!
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by:setasoujiro
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yeah , then i think you're out of luck.
you could also try phone activation, and explain your issue.
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I am just completely deleting my hdd as normally it jumps passed the part where I select this specific type of OS such as Full version or Core Server for eg.  Once done I will install a fresh again and try this product code!!!!!!!! I hope so!!!!:)
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correct 'product key'..
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by:Hamid Reza Molahadi
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Good luck!
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cheers it still deleting my hdd!
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Hi I deleted only a specific partition this time as the other were 'unallocated' but on install and prompting the 'Product key' it was not accepted.  So im currently deleting the whole hdd like I normally do!!!!

Then I will delete my 'CMOS' like I normally do and eventually it does seem to allow me to ignore the 'Product key' by continously clicking buttons/next and it jumps passed this part and allows me to install!!!

If the 'Product key' still does not work, can I add the 'Product key' at a later date to see if it will accept, if so how?

I will also remove the 'tick' to run 'Authorization' when connected to the internet as according to some notes I read on the internet it states that it only allows 3 days of use before prompting for I must 'Activate', although it does allow me to select later, but as a result of always doing this my services appear to 'stop'!!!!!!!!!

The disc Im using has got SP2 already integrated into my Win 2008 32bit, which I got from a colleague, but the download copy I actually downloaded from MS did not come with SP2.

The reason for me always using the other integrated disc was because I dont currently have an Ethernet Internet connection and being using my phone/modem, but on Friday this week the engineer will be out to put in place my Ethernet connection!!!

I dont really wont to have to wait until Friday personally!!!!
Any suggestions
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Hi rybaa, As per my last thread it did not work as I forgot something which I have done now this morning and it did not prompt for the 'Product key', but at least I have 3 days according to the server as now dont have intermitant services stopping, so rather than disturb this I will wait until 3 days is up and try and input the 2 'Product keys' I have.

One question do I actually need to be connected to the internet for the 'Product key' to accept?

Im hoping if the 'product key' is excepted that I will then get these 60 days use as on reboot of server I do not now see any windows popping up stating I have 60, 59, 58 days etc like before!!
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by:Hamid Reza Molahadi
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No, No need to Internet connection for activation, please give me your email for further action!!!
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Hi rybaa,  am I allowed to put my email address on here to give to you?
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by:Hamid Reza Molahadi
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I don't think there is a problem!
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Morning rybaa, well today sometime is my 3 days so Im assuming I may or may not lose services intermitantly unless I input those 2 'product key' codes which did not work last time.  Having to re-install again is becoming a hassle!!!
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You rock
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My 3 days has run out as was going to add the 'product keys' I have but now it states 'restricted access'......:(

There was a reason for leaving it for the 3 days as I appeared to be losing services/stopping hence nightmare with GPO.  I should have done it this morning.... Unless you know how to allow me to try these product keys i have?

I did not want to have to use - 'slmgr-vbs -rearm'.....
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I have not used Win 2008 for a couple of weeks and Ive switched on the OS to use 'Putty' to configure my Cisco stuff and nothing has shown that the OS is acting out of the ordinary so far, so I will assum it is ok now after advice taken.
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