Windows Deployment Services with Sysprep and XP licensing
Posted on 2009-05-13
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.
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?