Re-activation of Windows 7

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
In my school, we are migrating toWindows 7. We have a Volume Licence, so each time we install the OS on a new computer, we have to activate it.

However, do we have to go through the activation routine if a hard drive fails and we have to rebuild the machine?

We use Clonezilla to reimage, so if we do have to reactivate, is there a way it can be done automatically? We sit behind a proxy server, so this could potentially cause issues with automatic activation.

Any thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


Question by:GMSchool
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    Expert Comment

    Do you have a separate image for each PC? If so, then you should be fine and not have to re-activate.
    If not, then because the motherboard is different, you will be forced to re-activate.
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    Accepted Solution

    If you have enough PCs (>25 on at a time) you can use a KMS Host (Server) for activation of the PCs.

    If you have fewer, you can use a MAK key but can handle activation using the Volume Activation Management Tool, VAMT.  That can do Proxy Activation on behalf of the clients.

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