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Sysprep on Windows 7 Product Key Duplication

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I work for a small company at the minute and we got 20 new Dell laptops each with their own unique Product key, the company doesnt want me using their volume license for this rollout.

There is a lot of software to be deployed on each laptop so I configured one laptop as my image source.  I then ran sysprep(which on Win 7 only seems to have the /generalize and /oobe features).  I used my cloning tool on reboot and captured an image, then transfered the image to one of the new laptops, it worked but the new laptop did not prompt me to enter its product key, I assume it duplicated off the first laptop.  I tried manually changing it but Windows 7 Ultimate wont activate with it now, this being the key stamped on the laptop.

The Laptops are Dell e6400 ATG, all with equal spec.

So basically I am wondering of how to create a simple answer file or whatever to prompt me for the Product ID on startup and not activate.

Would it be better to remove the Product ID of the original laptop used for cloning or is there a method to prompt for the Product ID on first startup?

Thanks in Advance!!

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