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Hi there,

I know that with Windows XP pro OEM or FPP, we do not have the imaging right to deploy one PC image to other PCs.

I also know that by only buying one volume licence OS of a same type (for example Win8 pro that is downgradagle), I now have the right to deploy the image of Windows XP Pro.

Now, my question is, what if I make my default PC setup with that OEM XP Pro.  Deploy it on other PCs (that also have the XP Pro OEM COA), then change it's key to the target PC key?

Would that be ok?

Thanks for your help,
Rene
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Yes.  I went through a BSA audit where this was an accepted solution to re-imaging machines with their appropriate COA number instead of the one supplied by the image.  However, the initial act of using the image was considered a breach of MS licensing and the EULA.
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Did that creat any problems?
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And did they discovered that you used an image themselves?

Thanks
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They had me perform an audit with their software and it found an OEM code on the network used more than once.  The installations were OEM but I had used an image with an embedded OEM code.  It never complained until we received a letter from the BSA (lol).  We got a slap on the wrist because we plead ignorance and because we had the licenses but did not apply them correctly.  Before that, they wanted 300% retail cost for fine and to purchase.  They wound up waiving everything and we now work with them to make sure we pass an annual internal software compliance audit.
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Thanks mate :)
You saved me some trouble.
Cheers
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