Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:24 PM
I'm finally looking to replace the ancient XP machines in my office with new hardware that comes with Windows 7 & 8 upgrade option. I bought a few HP desktops for testing prior to mass purchasing. As usual, HP's factory desktops come with all their junk on it and I wanted to get a clean image with just the OS install, patches, drivers and the 3rd party applications used in my office. My problem is the following:
The desktops don't have a product key sticker like I'm used to HP having. So once I use sysprep /generalize to try and create a clean image or even stick with HP's stock image which will be used to deploy to 70 machines of the same model, the activation is reset and key removed (I was relying on using the product key I expected HP to have on the desktop sticker) and I have no valid key to activate the machines. I attempted using the system restore CD's to use the key generated there, but it doesn't work for another system. Is there a legal work-around for this or will I need to query HP for this problem?
Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:57 PM
Hi, it would have been easier to have this conversation with HP before purchase (they can do it all for you).
If you have a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement you can use your reimaging rights and if you have Windows Client + Software Assurance coverage with MS, you canuse your VL product and keys.
Otherwise you'll need to talk to HP.
OEMs no longer have any need to ship Windows product keys as part of the Certificate of Authenticity, as the new Win8 OEM Activation setup works differently than before, but, for Win7, the OEM is likely to only provide SLP for their Win7 factory image.
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- Marked As Answer by DaveMichaelB6 Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:46 PM
Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:46 PMThanks, Don. Good thing I only ordered a few to test on. I guess I'll go for the VL.