The leaked Windows 8 Build 7850 of M1 milestone, which is essentially a 32-bit Windows 8 Enterprise, has an expiration date of February 5th, 2011 time bomb, a day long past into history. The expiry means that installed Windows 8 Enterprise M1 cannot be activated, and is always flagged as non-genuine installation.
If you intend to use and try the very early build of Windows 8 M1, which nonetheless has already some features slated for Windows 8 available but locked away, it’s now possible to disable or remove the built-in time bomb and activate the Windows 8 Enterprise M1 edition, via the resurrected frankenbuild crack method. If you manage to activate Windows 8 properly, you can unlock and change desktop background wallpaper or theme at ease without been reverting to default on reboot.
Windows 8 7850 Activator
The easiest way to activate a system installed with Windows 8 Enterprise Build 7850 is by using Windows 8 7850 Activator, developed by janek2012. The activator basically does four things:
- Disable the Windows 8 M1 build’s time-bomb by replacing the tokens file and store (\Windows\System32\spp\store) folders with similar files from Windows 7 Enterprise.
- Activate the frankenbuild Windows 8 Enterprise with ZWT’s KMS Keygen which is designed to activate Windows and Office volume licensing versions offline.
- Remove “evaluation copy” watermark (can be enabled or disabled).
- Unlock and enable hidden features locked in Windows 8 M1 build.
Download Windows 8 7850 Activator from MDL Forums.
How to use Windows 8 7850 Activator for activating Windows 8 Enterprise M1:
- Boot into Safe Mode (press F8 function key during initial boot).
- Run Windows 8 7850 Activator and click Remove Timebomb.
- Restart computer for normal booting.
- Run Windows 8 7850 Activator again and click Activate.
- Restart computer again.
- Windows 8 Enterprise M1 is now activated via KMS with activation valid for 6 months (KMS requires re-activation every 180 days). 6 months should last long enough before the next leaks appear.
$OEM$ Activation Crack Method
For people who wants to create a custom Windows 8 Build 7850 ISO which can be activated, or has the system activated right after installation, another developer alphawaves also publishes an $oem$ method which can be incorporated into Windows 8 M1 ISO’s installation files to replace the tokens and spp folder from Windows 7 Enterprise SP1, and subsequently activate Windows via KMS automatically during installation. The hack makes use of OEM folder provided by Microsoft for OEM partners to execute OEM-specific actions or tasks.
Download latest version of $oem$ folder files for Windows 8 Enterprise M1 from MDL Forums.
The newest version also includes registry hacks to unlock and activate hidden extra Windows 8 features, such as Ribbon user interface, Modern Task Manager, PDF reader, and WebCam.
With the $OEM$ folder files above, the patched ISO image can be made. To integrate the activation crack into Windows 8 Build 7850 ISO, open the original ISO image with a ISO image editor such as MagicISO or UltraISO, and put the $oem$ folder extracted from the downloaded archive into the “source” folder of the ISO. Save or burn the ISO, and the pre-activated Windows 8 Build 7850 ISO image is built.