So I’ve been running Server 2012 for about a month now, and I was excited to see Windows 8 get released via TechNet. So I downloaded, formatted and installed within the first couple of mins. I was being driven crazy by stupid little things.
I need to preference this posting by stating that since Windows 7, all the latest products had me saying “WOW…About time Microsoft”. So I’m a little confused why Microsoft is screwing up a good thing.
First I need to tell you my experience is with the Enterprise edition of Windows 8, that being said here is my first list/solutions
Installing .Net 3.5: Even though it’s listed in the “features” section, I kept “failing” to install. It seems to be because I’m using a WSUS server. So the manual way in installing .Net is to open a CMD prompt (admin level) and install using a DISM (a tool for modifying offline and online images…this is stupid):
- Insert the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 installation media.
- At an elevated command prompt, run the following command: Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:
(Note in this command,
is a placeholder for the drive letter for the DVD drive or for the Windows 8 installation media. For example, you run the following command: Dism /online /enable –feature /featurename:NetFx3 /all /source d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess)
Next up is Activation...Yes I said Activation is a pain in the butt. It appears that enterprise is pre-baked with a KMS key, but unlike Windows 7 there is no button to "Change Product Key".
You have to get elevated command prompt and type
slmgr.vbs -ipk "Your key"
UPDATE: I just found this option as well: Open elavated CMD and type SLUI 3 (SLUI short for Software Licensing User Interface...3 is to bring up the Change Product Key windows...1=Status, 2=Activation windows, 4=Call MS and Manually Activate).
Oh yeah Microsoft, great way to start off your new "flagship" OS by making it harder and incompatible with your own technologies.
So I guess I’m heading back to the “WOW Microsoft…WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?”