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Windows XP Volume and OEM Licensing

By Starscream ·

hopefully someone can help me with this.

I am the IT Technician in 5 schools and I am going to implement server/client networks using he current peer 2 peer networked computers. I have 30 XP Pro computers all with OEM license as they were bought with XP pro on less than a year ago. However I would like to be able to image these computers with cloning software such as symantec ghost. I know this is all fine and dandy with Volume Licensed computers but what step can I do to allow cloning with OEM computers where each computer has its own activation key? Can I activate one copy of windows and then clone it activated to all other computers, or can I get a VLM copy of XP Pro and use the key from that on all computers? All the computers have their own Certificate of authenticity so would it be ok to use one key through out and use the activation reset crack on them all? Last thing I want to do is to enter the CD Key manually on all computers and future computers.


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by eblake1 In reply to

Check this document from Microsoft concerning volume licensing.

While Microsoft Volume Licensing programs do not offer licenses for the full version of the Windows operating system for desktop PCs, the media for both the full versions of the operating system are available under those programs. Reimaging using the full version media requires that customers have licensed the Windows desktop PC operating system either preinstalled through the OEM or as an FPP retail product. A volume licensing customer can use their volume licensing media to reimage their Windows desktop PC operating system from an OEM provided that it is the same version and product as that on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label that came with the PC. .

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