Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric
This is the ei.cfg file from my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD. You can see that under [Channel] it says OEM, why do that if it doesn't matter?
If the OP posts his ei,cfg I bet it says RETAIL. Looking though the OPs post the report posted shows it installed as RETAIL. The key also listed in the post would be the default key entered for a 30 day trial, which is what you get if you don't enter one. I agree with the other post. His key is being rejected because it an OEM key and his install is Retail. He can't activate on line if he can't enter a key in the first place. I'm just trying to help, I'm not doing this just to be augmentative.
Theres no such thing as different channels anymore as far as media is concerned. The ei.cfg and a few other files might say OEM or RETAIL or VOL or whatever, but it doesn't matter.
Any key can be used with any media OEM, Retail, or VOL (as long as the VOL isn't Enterprise). As I had mentioned earlier also, gone are the days when you had separate OEM media, RTL Media, and VOL Media, now everything is all the same. Installing say home premium off an OEM DVD activates the same way out of the box as a RTL dvd would would. The key you enter dictates the edition.
I'm sure you're not being argumentative, you're just factually incorrect, sorry.