Note : This post is meant only for residents of IIT-KGP.

windows-8-logoOS woes never end. I know people struggling to get their Windows 8 preview copy get activated somehow, but you and I both know, that’s not gonna happen. Why not use the licensed working copy instead

Many of us don’t know, IIT KGP’s CIC provides students with licensed versions of Windows OS and other useful softwares. Here are the steps:

1. Getting the installation file from Software Repository

  • Open Run (Windows Key + R) and type \\144.16.192.212   as shown and hit okay.
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  • This will open the Software Repository link, open the folder to browse available Softwares.
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  • Navigate to Software Repository > Microsoft.
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  • The folder Office contains a number of Microsoft Office versions including the latest Office 2013 (32 bit, 64 bit), similarly, The folder OS_ISOs contains a number of Microsoft Windows versions including the latest Windows 8 Professional (32 bit, 64 bit).
  • Copy the required ISO files to your local Drive.

2. Getting the Activation Key

  • You will need a key to activate your version of Windows. You can go to CIC in person or mail them (EDIT : Please visit CIC in person and ask for the Activation key) and request to give you the key (Not a major issue!), make sure you mention the correct version of Windows.
  • Activation key needs to be entered within 30 days of your Windows Installation.
  • Remember that, for activation key to work, you will need to be using KGP’s IP (i.e :  LAN/Wi-Fi), it wouldn’t work outside the campus. Once activated,  it would work fine anywhere.

3. Installing Windows

  • You can use a 4 GB (or Higher) USB Pen drive to make a bootable version of the ISO you downloaded through CIC  using Windows DVD to USB Download tool, available for free here.
  • I would recommend a fresh installation instead of an upgrade for the smooth functioning of your PC.
  • Don’t forget to backup your Data before installing Windows.

4. Activating Windows

After installation, do the following to activate your windows.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
  • In the search box, type Slui.exe 0×3.  (the 0×3 is important)
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  • Tap or click the Slui.exe 0×3 icon.
  • Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.
  • Hurray, you have a genuine Windows OS with you now. :)

You can use the same method to obtain other softwares available through CIC. Pass on the info to your friends. If you face any difficulty, post it as a comment below.

Configure Windows Appstore Behind Proxy : http://www.comptalks.com/running-windows-8-appstore-behind-proxy/

 

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Last Updated on April 21, 2014

Comments:
  1. lola

    damnn useful!!

  2. mritunjay

    Does anyone got successful key from CIC ? if yeas then please tell procedure for tht.
    Many thanks

    • theDroidMaster

      As specified in the post, You can get it in person from CIC.

      • Vijay

        please specify email address of CIC person

  3. Vijay

    is it open for all Indian residents ? or only for student who in campus ?

    • theDroidMaster

      Only for students in Campus. Infact, the key would work with Institute LAN only.

  4. hussain

    CIC is providing activation key for free????

    • theDroidMaster

      To Specific versions of Windows, yes!

  5. arun

    does anyone know the emailid of cic

    • theDroidMaster

      For obvious concerns, I can’t give the E-mail ID here, If you are a resident of IIT Kharagpur, visit CIC at the earliest.

  6. Shashank

    please tell the email-id of cic .

    • theDroidMaster

      For obvious concerns, I can’t give the E-mail ID here, If you are a resident of IIT Kharagpur, visit CIC at the earliest.

  7. Sriram

    Can you tell me, how do I do the same from ubuntu?

    • theDroidMaster

      Ubuntu is free, you don’t need to activate it using licensed key.

  8. hussain

    am already having windows 8 installed on my PC,but its fake……
    do i need a fresh installation or just the key will work???

    • theDroidMaster

      It would only on the ISOs available on CIC Software Repository.

  9. Devibhit

    Where/What is CIC?

    • theDroidMaster

      Computer and Informatics Center, IIT Kharagpur

  10. Bhupendra

    can i have email of CIC???

    • theDroidMaster

      For obvious concerns, I can’t give the E-mail ID here, If you are a resident of IIT Kharagpur, visit CIC at the earliest.

  11. aneesha

    what is the CIC email id

  12. gagan

    can i know whom to meet in cic

    • theDroidMaster

      Go there and ask about the Windows Product key, they will guide you.

  13. Rajib

    @theDroidMaster
    I followed the instruction but the repository takes a lot of time so search DC with the same name and got the 64 bit win 8 file..Now I’m trying to mount the image with Daemon Tool but its saying can’t copy file because its corrupt..Do you have the file with u? Please help

    • theDroidMaster

      Since many users were downloading yesterday, the server was slow. Try it now through Software Repo, I am getting a good 8 MBPS now.

  14. Pratiush Sinha

    Can I visit CIC any time to get the key? Do I need to bring the ID card as well?

    • theDroidMaster

      Visit during office hours.

  15. Debashis

    hi i am not able to access the software repo by the process u have said the error message is
    WINDOWS CANT ACCESS \\144.16.192.212

    • theDroidMaster

      Check your network settings. Its working fine on my end.

      • Gaurav Bansal

        What exactly could be the problem, in the network settings..
        I myself am also not able to access it. Getting the same error.

  16. djhak9

    can i update

  17. Rahul Gupta

    Are you able to download apps from Microsoft Store in the Metro UI mode? I guess there are some issues when we try to do it over proxy..

    • theDroidMaster

      I have found a way to downoad apps using our proxy. Will be posting an article regarding the same by tomorrow.

      • Rahul Gupta

        Thank You !!!

  18. neesanth

    Slui.exe 0×3 is not opening ??

    • atin

      typ 0×3 instead of0×3……replace the cross sign with ‘x’ from keyboard.

  19. Karan

    Is it only for student who in campus ?

    • theDroidMaster

      Yes

  20. Anil kumar

    after creating bootable files on pendrive , where to click??

    • theDroidMaster

      Boot your computer with your pendrive.

  21. Anil kumar

    Thanks……….i have upgraded it.

  22. Avinash Billa

    for those who cannot open store..
    Open command prompt as admin and write:

    netsh
    winhttp
    import proxy source=ie

    now click enter..
    this worked for me

  23. Rahul Gupta

    We can run the apps by using:

    netsh winhttp import proxy ie

    Can you please clarify one thing:

    Do I need to run the same commands as mentioned above (after first disabling proxy in internet explorer) to disable app-proxy when I go home and use my home’s proxy-free wifi ?

    • Gaurav Bansal

      To remove the system proxy use this

      netsh winhttp reset

      • Rahul Gupta

        Thanks :)

  24. alok

    are they providing license for microsoft visual studio registered version?

    • theDroidMaster

      Yeah.

  25. Swaroop

    I have installed the windows 8 and it working properly.. thanks… my doubt is will it work outside campus without any problem…????

    • theDroidMaster

      It will work fine. :)

  26. Patel

    Hi
    i am now using window8.
    But it didn’t asked for ACT KEY during booting.
    Will it ask for KEY in future?
    Thanks a lot

    • theDroidMaster

      Check point 4. Activating Windows in the article.

  27. alok

    in cic file list they have matlab 2012. is that registered version is for KGP students also?

  28. chintu

    cannot activate..displaying multiple activation key has exceeded its limit

    • theDroidMaster

      Well, it is what it is then.

  29. chintu

    if that is the situation…will we get another key from institute..or not..i have installed windows 8 but did not activate it..what should i do know???

    • theDroidMaster

      As far as I know, the Key to 64 bit versions have reached the limit. You can try 32 bit or ask CIC people for any solution.

  30. Vikram Mohanty

    I changed my OS to windows 8 after downloading from CIC and getting the serial key from there…. but now when i use that to activate the windows… it says that it cant be activated and that “The activation server has reported that the multiple activation key has exceeded its limit” …. somebody please help… :(

    • theDroidMaster

      As far as I know, the Key to 64 bit versions have reached the limit. You can try 32 bit or ask CIC people for any solution.

  31. Hemant

    Yeah Getting the same probloem….multiple activation key has exceeded its limit…What can be done in this case?

  32. rajashekar

    its replying that it multiple activation key has exceeded its limit

  33. Bidhan

    I have Windows vista basic genuine in my laptop. Can I install M S office 2010? Will it be compatible?

    • divyanshu sharma

      Yes , you can install MS office 2010 .

  34. Omkar

    Hey has anyone done this recently??? Is it still showing “multiple activation key has exceeded its limit” or are we getting other key or some other way out by CIC???

  35. Shashank

    i installed fifa13 and nfs on my windows8 pc but these games are not working. when i try to open a game it shows ” no apps are installed to open this type of link(origin)”. any solution for this problem?

  36. satw

    I am getting an error when I am trying to activate it.. it is saying “windows couldnt be activated, the file name, directory name or label syntax is incorrect”. now what is that? plz tell me

  37. satw

    try windows activation via phone.. that works :)

  38. Education Paper

    Great and interesting articles it is nice info in this post.

  39. arghyajit

    I am getting an error when I am trying to activate it.. it is saying “windows couldnt be activated, the file name, directory name or label syntax is incorrect”. now what is that? plz tell me

  40. shashank

    how to activate windows 8.1 which is available in cic?

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