I have installed windows 7 on my PC numerous times and i liked how it never asked for a product key during the installation process. For obvious reasons Microsoft has made it compulsory to provide a product key in order to install its latest operating systems such as windows 8 and 8.1. However thanks to a simple trick, you can easily skip the product key during the windows 8.1 installation process.
For those who want to skip the product key while installing windows 8 or windows 8.1, the following instructions will guide you through the entire process.
Note: Skipping the product key doesn’t means you get a fully activated windows installation. Once you skip the product key, your windows installation will be limited to a 30 days trial period and you will have to purchase a genuine windows 8.1 product key in order to activate your windows 8.1 installation.
How to Install Windows 8.1 without a Product Key
- Step 1: Follow the following guide to download a official copy of Windows 8.1 directly from Microsoft’s servers.
- Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO images, follow the guide below to create a Bootable Windows 8.1 USB Flash drive.
- Step 3: Once you’ve created a Bootable windows 8.1 USB Flash drive. Create a Text document and copy the following text in it.
- Step 4: Save the text document in the Sources folder of the Bootable Windows 8.1 USB Flash Drive with the file name as ei.cfg and select Save as type as ALL Files.
That’s it. Now go ahead and boot from the Bootable windows 8.1 USB Flash drive. This time you will see a skip button when you are prompted to enter a product key.
Once you have successfully installed Windows 8.1 through this method, you will then have 30 days to activate your windows 8.1 installation.