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Windows Deployment Services with Sysprep and XP licensing

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We are in the process of imaging a pc to serve out via WDS. Before serving it out, the PC must be sysprepped.

The problem we are running into is when an imaged PC boots up, it asks for a Windows XP license. All of our HP dc5800s have OEM Vista Product keys, but when we receive them, they are loaded with XP Pro (by request/order). Obviously the Vista key will not work with the XP install.

My questions:

Is there any way to manually capture a PC's image and import it into WDS without sysprepping?

Is there a way to use sysprep without it stripping the activation key?
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do we need Open License agreement if we have the OEM OS licensed already comes with the hardware ?
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