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Invalid Product ID using SYSPREP

By jbalser ·
I've created a master system and want to use SysPrep and Norton Ghost to image it and deploy other systems. I used Setup Manager to create the SysPrep folder and files, and double-checked the contents of the sysprep.inf. I did not specify the ProductID key in sysprep.inf at that time. I ran SysPrep on the master machine and captured the image. I was able to restore the image to another unit without problems. However, when the mini setup asks for the product ID, any number I put in there isrejected with "The Product Id you entered is not valid." I've tried the CD key from 5 different sources and none of them work. The biggest problem is now I can't boot the master system either for the same reason.
I have tried editing the sysprep.inf file with the Recovery Console to no avail. Is there a generic license key available for Win2K, much like there was for NT, or is there something else going on here?

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by nicholasP In reply to Invalid Product ID using ...

I had the same exact problem. I had to find the Product ID from the exact system that I had setup in the first place.

Using numbers of of disks will not work if you used an OEM setup.

If you have a DELL PC the Product ID is on a sticker that is on the left bottom side of the machine.

Hope you find the correct number. Good Luck

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by jbalser In reply to Invalid Product ID using ...

I did some more digging and found a number that works. I'm just glad the master system wasn't completely hosed. Thanks.

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