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Windows 7 MAK Key

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  • Maybe someone can answer this. We have imaged quite a few laptops and windows was validated. There were changes requested to make changes in the image, such as adding programs and a few "tweaks". Rather than perform these tasks individually on each machine I wanted to reimage them. My boss said that we couldn't do this because that would use additional licenses. Is this true? I mean, being the machines already were validated and we aren't using them on different machines is there a way to do this without using double the licenses? I hope I stated this so it's understood and not confusing. Thanx in advance for any responses.

    Bob


    It's always easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 2:19 PM

Answers

  • Every time you activate it uses an activation for MAK, even if it's the same machine. 


    My blog: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/cnackers/default.aspx
    • Marked as answer by Bummed Out Wednesday, September 07, 2011 11:13 PM
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 9:05 PM

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  • See this thread: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/officevolact/thread/c5a965cc-b40f-4b0b-bd66-90559fa86ae0.
    Jason | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys | Twitter @JasonSandys
    • Proposed as answer by David Matan Wednesday, September 07, 2011 4:06 PM
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 3:10 PM
  • Thanks for the reply Jason, this link was specific to Office, does this hold true for Win 7 OS activation also?

    Bob


    It's always easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:14 PM
  • Every time you activate it uses an activation for MAK, even if it's the same machine. 


    My blog: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/cnackers/default.aspx
    • Marked as answer by Bummed Out Wednesday, September 07, 2011 11:13 PM
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 9:05 PM
  • I agree with Chris. Here's a MAK FAQ that eludes to this: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx.

    Here's another (non-Microsoft) blog post that says the same: http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/general/managing-product-activation-with-a-technet-subscription-and-msdn-too/.

    This really begs the question though. Why aren't you using a KMS? They are dead easy to install and maintain and you never have issues like this.


    Jason | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys | Twitter @JasonSandys
    Thursday, September 08, 2011 1:03 AM
  • First , thank you both for answering. Second, this is exactly what I'm going to ask my boss tomorrow. You see he's in charge of licensing. In fact, we ran out and had to request more, which held up my deployments for a couple of days. I'm not passing the buck here. I never dealt with the licensing end of it and really didn't know too much up until now. I appreciate the education that you both provided. And I totally agree with you Jason, KMS is really a no brainer.

     

    Bob

    P.S.

    Just a note, I was in IT back in the NT days and supported the network for my PD. Retired now and playing catch up! But I learn fast.


    It's always easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission
    Thursday, September 08, 2011 2:29 AM
  • MAK is really only meant for smaller companies, and it's more work and requires clients to have internet access to activate against Microsoft.

    Vista and above are pre-embedded with a KMS client key, there is NOTHING to be done from a client side if you have a properly configured KMS host.  Works great.

    Hope you can figure it out.


    My blog: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/cnackers/default.aspx
    Thursday, September 08, 2011 3:15 PM