Windows 7 XML Answear File creation

Hi Folks,

Im attempting to create a Windows 7 Professional image on a Dell Optiplex 760 using the Windows System Image Manager software. Im attempting to create an answear file. I already have the OS patched and apps installed. I have been using the reference guide from

to create the answear file part. However when i run sysprep, clone the Hard Disk and put the cloned image into a seperate Optiplex 760 machine, it will not allow me to use the liscence key on the machine, it appears to retain the old one. I am not using a KMS Server, simply want to create an image that will use the Dell Keys on the Optiplex 760 machines
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what is the license key that you are trying to use. From what you have mentioned it seems that you are using DELL license key which is a OEM license key and this might not be a valid license key to use with AIK.

dont use any license key in the sysprep. Enter the license key that is valid with that particular optiplex machine


Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:

I would leave the product key out of the whole picture, until the image is deployed at the client. OEM keys are valid on a per-machine basis and will not work from computer to computer. Look at the M$ sticker on each machine, the key will be different.
wcaitAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

Apologies for the delay in responding, i was away from the office, I have tried to sysprep the machine without using the liscence key, this is fine until i attempt to put in the dell oem liscence key. It accepts the key then when you attempt to automatically liscence the machine online it rejects the key. However if i liscence using the telephone prompts it will liscence fine. Im wondering what im doing wrong?  My only requirement is that when i input the Dell OEM Key that it automatically liscences without the use of ringing microsoft
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
OEM keys have a finite amount of activations. After those have been exhausted, you must call.
wcaitAuthor Commented:
I thought of that. I attempted to use an oem liscence key that hadnt been activated before, this wouldnt activate automatically
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
It shouldn't OEM keys and their licenses are tied to the individual machines, represented by the sticker on the PC case.

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wcaitAuthor Commented:
Hi Firebar,

Thanks for your responses, the issue resided in the fact i used a Windows 7 Professional ISO downloaded from microsoft and not the one given with Dell. Apparently the liscence key is tied to the BIOS and therefor you need to use the Dell Media when creating an image on a Dell Machine. Thanks for all your help
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