As you maybe are aware by now (you googled for this solution I guess), Windows 8 needs a product key before installing. In Windows 7 one could simply skip this.
The difference is the ei.cfg file that’s missing in Windows 8 and this little file is the solution. We need to add it to the Windows 8 ISO to make skipping the product key section possible.
Follow the next steps:
- Extract the Windows 8 ISO (I used 7-zip)
- Add the ei.cfg file to the sources folder of the extracted Windows 8 ISO
- Edit the ei.cfg file
- Create a bootable Windows 8 ISO again. I used ImgBurn.
You now have a Windows 8 ISO you can use for installing your favourite Windows 8 version without a product key.
Happy installing 🙂