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I downloaded Windows Embedded Standard 2009 from my MSDN subscription and built a target image. I installed the image on an HP thin client.

The thin client says that I have and evaluation copy. How can I activate Windows and remove the "evaluation copy" text?

For example, I don't have access to the internet I would like build in target designer not evaluation copy.

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According to this document, it does not need activation, but only to have the key entered:

http://www.elbacom.com/embedded/products/wes/wes2009/overview

If you set it up using a trial key (as I suspect is the real problem), you can change it to your MSDN key at an elevated command prompt using the following command:

slmgr.vbs /ipk New_Product_Key
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Is it possible to enter a product key after the trial key has expired? It appears that an expired trial key prevents WES2009 from starting, but it's possible to access the file system by booting from a secondary bootable media. – Kyle Strand Jan 18 at 18:32
    
Actually, I've asked that as a new question. – Kyle Strand Jan 18 at 18:39
    
I don't seem to have a file called slmgr.vbs anywhere on the system. Is it in an optional component? If so, what is the component called? I don't see any components with "license" or "slmgr" in their names. – Kyle Strand Jan 22 at 18:21

You cannot use the Product Key that you used for installation of Windows Embedded Standard 2009. You have to enter the PID from the stickers that you get for putting on the target computers. Additionally to the license for Windows Embedded Standard 2009, you need a license for each target computer. Your distributor should be able to help you.

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