Problems with Windows 7 licensing, now that Windows 8 is out.
Posted on 2013-01-08
We are a Windows 7 shop and are running into a problem with licensing new computers, now that Windows 8 is being shipped with new machines.
I currently install a custom Windows 7 image, taylored to my specific environment, onto new computers. In the past, I simply loaded this custom image onto the new computers and then entered the Windows 7 license key from the sticker that is attached to the computer. No problems with this method.
Now that Windows 8 is being shipped with new machines, we request Windows 7 downgrades. The problem is, even with Windows 7 pre-installed, license key stickers are no longer affixed to the computer. Therefore, how am I supposed to license my Windows 7 installs?
What are my options at this point?