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Changing OEM KEY to VLK RRS feed

  • Question

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    I have a pc that is built with the OEM HP key. I want to use sysprep and then use Ghost to image 1000's of machines.

    When I use sysprep and enter my VLK for Windows XP in the answer file, it reboots and then tells me it is not a valid key. I have 1000's of computers to deploy. I would like to use the VLK.

     

    I can't not erase and start over.

     

    What can I do?

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 3:20 PM

Answers

  • An OEM version of Windows XP contains an OEM license.  Therefore, only an OEM product key can be used with OEM installation media.  In order to use Volume Licensing, you must use a Volume License installation CD to create your image.  You must also have the correct number of VL licenses for the number of PCs you'll install Windows XP on.

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 3:54 PM
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  • thanks.

     

    Can I use the OEM KEY in my sysprep answer file if I have that?

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:08 PM
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:15 PM
    Moderator
  • James20002,

     

    Of the thousands of PCs you want to deploy, are they all hardware identical to the HP that you built your master image on?  Did they all come with Windows XP Pro preinstalled from HP?

     

    If so, you might be able to accomplish what you want, as long as the original installation of XP Pro as laid down by HP was not prepared with Sysprep.  You can't make a new sysprep master from an installation of XP that itself was deployed from a sysprepped image.

     

    OTOH, if your organization has purchased a VL agreement that covers thousands of computers, you have access to specific deployment tech support representatives from MS who can answer these questions more thoroughly than we can on a forum.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:45 PM
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    The hardware is same. I plan to use an image per HAL pc. Yes, they all came from HP with XP pro preinstalled.  How can i check if HP used sysprep already?

     

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:26 PM
  • update-

    I used the OEM product key I got from using mgadiag.exe and it works in my sysprep file!

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:53 PM
  • James 20002,

     

    See the bullet point "OEM installation image" in this MS KB:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828287/en-us

     

    To see if sysprep has been used:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216680/

     

    Here's some light reading:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928386/en-us

     

    Good Luck

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 7:22 PM
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    Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:10 PM
  • Evagelia,

     

    Unfortunately, the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) support forum is able to provide support in English only.  Please open the following URL:  http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx .  This website will help make sure you receive the appropriate support information for your location, select your region setting from the list below and then click the arrow button. Next search the page and locate the service which you require. Have a great day and thank you for visiting the OGA Forum.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Stephen Holm, MS

    Thursday, September 13, 2007 5:28 PM

All replies

  • An OEM version of Windows XP contains an OEM license.  Therefore, only an OEM product key can be used with OEM installation media.  In order to use Volume Licensing, you must use a Volume License installation CD to create your image.  You must also have the correct number of VL licenses for the number of PCs you'll install Windows XP on.

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 3:54 PM
    Moderator
  • thanks.

     

    Can I use the OEM KEY in my sysprep answer file if I have that?

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:08 PM
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:15 PM
    Moderator
  • James20002,

     

    Of the thousands of PCs you want to deploy, are they all hardware identical to the HP that you built your master image on?  Did they all come with Windows XP Pro preinstalled from HP?

     

    If so, you might be able to accomplish what you want, as long as the original installation of XP Pro as laid down by HP was not prepared with Sysprep.  You can't make a new sysprep master from an installation of XP that itself was deployed from a sysprepped image.

     

    OTOH, if your organization has purchased a VL agreement that covers thousands of computers, you have access to specific deployment tech support representatives from MS who can answer these questions more thoroughly than we can on a forum.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:45 PM
  •  

    The hardware is same. I plan to use an image per HAL pc. Yes, they all came from HP with XP pro preinstalled.  How can i check if HP used sysprep already?

     

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:26 PM
  • update-

    I used the OEM product key I got from using mgadiag.exe and it works in my sysprep file!

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:53 PM
  • James 20002,

     

    See the bullet point "OEM installation image" in this MS KB:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828287/en-us

     

    To see if sysprep has been used:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216680/

     

    Here's some light reading:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928386/en-us

     

    Good Luck

     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 7:22 PM
  • θελω να κατεβασω τον ινερνετ εχπλορερ 7

    Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:10 PM
  • Evagelia,

     

    Unfortunately, the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) support forum is able to provide support in English only.  Please open the following URL:  http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx .  This website will help make sure you receive the appropriate support information for your location, select your region setting from the list below and then click the arrow button. Next search the page and locate the service which you require. Have a great day and thank you for visiting the OGA Forum.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Stephen Holm, MS

    Thursday, September 13, 2007 5:28 PM