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Imaging OEM Machine.

Posted on 2014-10-24
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Hi all,

I have a client refresh under way. But only purchased machines with Win8 downgraded to Win7 and have an OEM license. What I would like to do is build one machine, sysprep and image it to run on the remaining machines to save hours of building individual machines. But the issue we have is trying to license the build afterwards without a Volume License or standalone win 7 license?

Is there a way of imaging this machine without stripping out the license key but allow us to roll out a fully installed image of the client machine?

Thanks
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OEM licenses are not legally transferable to other hardware
you need a volume license to do what you want
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You need a Volume License to deploy OEM OS's.
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there is no such thing as a volume license for OEM
OEM is provided by and supported by the manufacturer for that one system
you can't purchase OEM in volume
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That's right, but you need a Volume License to be allowed to deploy OEM OS's. If you have a Volume License, then you are allowed to deploy OEM licenses the same way as non OEM licenses. But of course the VL still won't apply to the OEM installation, it stays OEM and once activated, it is machine-bound.
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Thanks for the update, OEM licensing was the issue
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