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Does latest Sysprep for XP SP3 allow you to enter a new COA for Office 2007?

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I have an image almost ready to deploy across 60 identical systems. I would like to include Office 2007 (and all updates) on the image, but I have OEM licenses of Office 2007 (not Volume Licensing).

Does the new Sysprep for XP SP3 also clear the COA for Office 2007, or just the COA for XP? If it doesn't, can anyone recommend another tool that accomplishes this?

I would rather not: (A) install Office on the image, then have to hack the registry on all 60 PC's in order to change the Office COA; or (B) NOT install Office 2007 on the image, then have to perform a full Office install on each individual PC (which can be very time consuming on just 1 PC, let alone 60).

Any help or suggestions are appreciated!
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Excerpt from this link:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_23859162.html

1.  You can not publish Office 2007 or assign it to users - it does not work and Microsoft doesn't support it.
2.  You have to assign it to the Computer Configuration
3.  You have to assign full access to "DOMAIN COMPUTERS" as opposed to anonymous users

After this it worked great!
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The solution is not exactly what I was looking for, because I wanted to make Office part of an image. But this is really a problem on Microsoft's end, and cannot be handled the way I was attempting.
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The following info provides more details on Microsofts Product Activation technology re: COA's and  OEM software.
                   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd979803.aspx
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Activation is the process of establishing an association between a valid product key and a computer. Computers that are purchased from reputable retailers or manufacturers often have Windows preinstalled, and the software has been pre-activated by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). There is no additional user action required. Customers who obtain their Windows software through other means—for example, from a retail software store, Microsoft volume licensing programs , or MSDN—can activate their software through the Microsoft activation service by using the Internet or phone. In addition, Microsoft provides large organizations with the ability to host and run the activation service within their company environment (which is explained more thoroughly later in this paper).
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