OEM activation on windows XP and windows 2000 platforms RRS feed

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  • Hello Members,

    We have DELL and HP workstations of about 300 nos which has OEM license for windows XP and 2000 professional platforms. Most of my DELL computers are XP installed and HP are 2000 pro installed. Due to my project requirements, i had to reinstall OS on all machines. I just prepared a ghost image and restored xp on dell and 2000 on HP computers. I need to activate all computers with its native OEM key ie, the key that was shipped during purchase.

    Since i am running isolated network environment, i couldnt be able to connect to internet. Also it is not possible to register 300 computers over phone. I communicated with product vendor for assistance. They advised me to contact microsoft for assistance.

    1. Can someone advise me which is the best method to to activate windows in isolated network environment without having to access to internet or by phone?
    2. How can i preserve OEM license under such scenarios during installations? i mean at times when it is required to perform bulk installation via ghost restore or by some other means?

    Please advise.

    Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:13 PM