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Hi there,

I just installed several XP Pro OEM on PCs with same model, using am image that XP was previously activated.

Of corse, on all PCs other than my template, the KEY on the COA is differant.

In order for me to be legal, must I replace the key by the one on the sticker or I'm good?

Please proved reference link if available.

Thanks for your help,
Rene
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Depends on OEM version and PC make. If it's an OEM PC of one of the big manufacturer's like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc., and you installed their OEM version of XP, then you don't need the key on the stickers, as they use the same key for all their PC's. Otherwise, if it is your own OEM installation, then you need a different key for every installation.
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rindi,

Actually, the PCs are IBM ThinkCenter.

XP was installed from a Dell OEM CD.

I activated XP through the Internet and without the need of entering it's key.

Should I still activate them separately?

Thanks,
Rene
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I don't think you will even be able to activate it if it was from a different manufacturer. Dell and IBM OEM versions are bound to their BIOS. As far as I know you'll have to install the IBM XP version from the beginning and create an image from that to distribute to the other PC's.
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Hmmmm now I wonder, how come I was able to activated it, without having to add the key, then run the Genuine tool without any problem.

Is there another way to verify?
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Those versions are preactivated, there is no need to activate them in the first place. But when you move them to a different manufacturer you'll get issues. So as long as run a Dell OEM version on any Dell hardware, there is no issue (there might be issues with some new hardware from Dell though, like netbooks).
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rindi,

FYI,

Yesterday, I had a conversation with Microsoft.

They told me that the OEM licence does not give us the right to deploy OEM OSs through imaging, even if we have the OEM COA.

A Volume Licence key and media gives me the right to do so.

So he suggested that:
-I buy only one Volume Licence key and media
-To buy a Volume License, a quantity of 5 is required.  He suggeested that I buy 4 unexpensive licences to cover all required 5.

Buy doing so, I will not even need to reinstall everything since by having the Volume Licence, I now posses the right to have the PCs OS installed through imaging.

Replacing the OSs key to the Volume Licence will be required.

Have any thoughts about it?

Cheers,
Rene
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VL's would certainly be the best option. I was a bit concerned in the first place by you trying to use OEM Licenses in a company environment (but I wasn't sure you were in a company environment).
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So I guess we have concluded this thread.

Thanks rindi for your help.

Cheers,
Rene
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