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Windows XP Media

By jgreer ·
I currently have 40 workstations that I will need to reimage. Do you have to be part of MS Open Source to order media that will not force a registration on every rebuild of Windows XP?

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Well,

by The Scummy One In reply to Windows XP Media

maybe you should contact your MS vendor for options. But I would certainly assume that you would need a volume license agreement for this.

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Company doesn't want to join volume license due to min purch req

by jgreer In reply to Well,

Company doesn't want to be required to purchase so many more additional licenses within two years. We are on a shoestring budget.

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Then, I believe that

by The Scummy One In reply to Company doesn't want to j ...

each system needs its own activation fo function.

Sorry.

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Well the first thing is that the Minimum Purchase of

by OH Smeg In reply to Company doesn't want to j ...

M$ Volume License is 5 Copies. In all honestly if you are on a Shoestring Budget this is what you should have installed on your Computers as it's much cheaper than buying OEM Product with far Superior support.

If you have purchased the individual computers one at a time with OEM Product installed you need to Image individually each one to remain within M$ EULA. If you fail to do this and get hit with an Audit from M$ the fines for Pirating the Software is Considerable and that is what you will be accused of because you have the same Key on all the systems. It doesn't matter that you have Licenses for each computer if they don't have the right Product Key you have committed an Act of Piracy and M$ seem to settle for about $250,000.00 Fine for a first offense and more for any subsequent offense. But that figure is not to be considered as Accurate as it's old and I haven't seen any recent Settlements with M$ recently it is most likely more now. They may also consider a company using Pirate Software on 39 Computers worse than someone cloning a drive or Bulk Loading new computers. Of course with the correct Volume License for Windows and any other M$ product this isn't an issue s they all have the same product key. You just have to show that you have not exceeded your agreed License Number.

If all the computers are the same you could use the 1 image on all the computers and then use something like Key Finder to change the Product Keys for Windows and Office but if you have any other M$ products your stuffed. Also if M$ Catch you in the Act they will quite rightly consider that you are Pirating their Software so you can end up with a Substantial Fine and Court Costs even when the company settles out of Court M$ likes to recover expenses.

Of course if you have different hardware you need individual Images to recover from again.

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Thanks

by jgreer In reply to Well the first thing is t ...

Yeah -- They are legal, they have just bought one machine every so often as a package. so all OEM.

Thanks for the help.

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Thanks

by jgreer In reply to Well the first thing is t ...

Yeah -- They are legal, they have just bought one machine every so often as a package. so all OEM.

Thanks for the help.

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Volume Licensing ..

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/volumelicensekey/default.mspx

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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