To create a pre-activated Windows installation .iso, do the following things:
$OEM$ folder to the desktop using the MAS
$OEM$ folder to the
folder in the Windows installation media (.iso or USB).
The directory will appear like this:
in your altered .iso or on your bootable USB drive.
Now use this .iso or bootable USB drive to install Windows and it will either already be activated (KMS38) as soon as it boots or will self-activate (HWID or Online KMS) at the first internet contact.
You can check here about activation method details and select the activation method as per your requirement.
On Windows 8 and later, running setupcomplete.cmd is
disabled if the default installed key for the edition is OEM
For example - Preactivation won’t work for Windows 10 Iot Enterprise LTSC because installed key is of OEM channel.
The solution for this issue is to use (Non-Iot) Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC ISO and HWID method in preactivation will use Iot LTSC key to change the edition.
Windows Server Cor/Acor (No GUI) editions don’t have
To KMS38 activate it, you need to download
ClipUp.exe file from this
This file has digital signatures which can be verified. You can also get this file from official Windows Server 2016 x64 RTM ISO.
ClipUp.exe beside the KMS38 Activation
script. That would be either
Activation script will check
ClipUp.exe in the
current folder (from where script is running) and will use it