Yesterday I just wanted to try Windows 8 in VMware - just to see how it looks. Because I didn't have valid serial number to start with, I tried to create partitions with diskpart and then used the two commands to put Win on hdd:
- dism /apply-image /imagefile:D:\Sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:C:\
- bcdboot C:\Windows
Then after reboot Windows continued installing and after a while metro (:Z) showed up. Windows showed it was running with key ending on CRYQH but not activated.
Searched Internet for CRYQH and found a site that showed a key starting with RR3BN to install media center. Because I was just trying things and intended to delete the VM anyway, I went ahead and installed media center. After the installation with reboot I noticed my Win 8 was activated. Why? :eek:
Both my serials seem to be well known according Google and probably should not allow activation.