Our company recently purchased Dell computers with Office 2003 OEM version. I am trying to create an image for everyone to use but I am worried about the whole product activation situation on the master build. When you install Office 2003 the first thing it asks you for is the Product Key, which means that you have to enter it to preinstall Office on the image and activate it, then SYSPREP the image and deploy.
This means that all computers will be using the same Product Key within our company. Will we get the activation prompt on all the PC's down the track because they're all using the same Product Key? I'm pretty sure we will.
I'm aware the each computer will have the XP Product Key prompt when they first boot up after imaging and they will also be prompted for a machine name, then attach to the domain which is exactly what I want. Unfortunately this process doesn't take into account the Office 2003 Product Key which will be duplicated on all the machines. Is there a way around this or a way that you can be prompted for the key after its sysprep'd and booted up?
We don't have volume licensing so I can't use an administrative installation of Office to bypass the key prompt and we're not an OEM so I don't have access to the "OEM Preinstallation Kit".
Any suggestions would be most welcome.