What is the proper ei.cfg entry for Windows 11?


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I see different stuff all over the web. What is the exact text to enter for the ei.cfg file to be able to install any edition (RETAIL not Volume License)?

Also, when installing if I select don't have a product key, I only see home, education, and pro but not Pro for Workstations.


What gives?
 

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Works to give you the menu choice of which version (Home/ Pro/ Education etc.) to use on clean installs, regardless of BIOS embedded keys, using the MS USB/ DVD creation tool.
There might be others depending on what you want to achieve.
Pro for Workstations is a separate purchase.
 

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when installing if I select don't have a product key, I only see home, education, and pro but not Pro for Workstations.
That would be the case if you used the MCT to make an ISO with an install.esd. If you use the option at Download Windows 11 to download the ISO direct you get an install.wim that has four more editions, including Pro Education and Pro Workstation.


W11-esd-editions.jpgW11-wim-editions.jpg

 

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