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OEM MS Licenses

We bought 8 new PC's.    I got a letter from Microsoft about doing a license audit.

The PC's do not have the label on the case for the Windows 7 license.

I used Keyfinder and the product key is all the same.

Why?   I thought each machine needs it own unique product key
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then you need to go back to the vendor where you purchased it and ask what they did
go to control -> system and look at the product id
is OEM part of it?  if not, you need to find out what they used (volume, etc.)
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Yes, part of the ID has OEM
Some of the bigger vendors have licensing tied to the machine BIOS/UEFI - Lenovo and Dell are 2 manufacturers that spring to mind. No need for individual license keys for the OEM OS installs as the OS activation is done in hardware.
So with the audit I have, since I show it as OEM, there shouldn't be a problem?

I am use to machines having the key on the machine, so if ever needed to reinstall the OS, the key is right there
These are HP machines and Acer
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Ok, so should I ask the vendor for the OEM disk?    They didn't come with any
I am not really sure. (But dont think so, ususally you have a restore partition. Getting the dvd will cost you extra)
Dont know how the audits by Microsoft work.
My best guess would be, they can check the system themselves.

This should be the case, for they would have to check as well for systems with the label on the case.
Somehow they will be able to match your machine  / code / OEM
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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.    I was starting to panic.
Your welcome. Good luck on the audit.
Can I ask another question pertaining to this ...........................

I have the disc in the original packaging for these OEM installs.    

For example.....I ordered 8 new machines.     If ONE of those went down, can any disk (of those 8 new machines) work to do a reinstall?     Do I need the disk?     Or just use the recovery partition.

Mainly I guess I was wanting to know if each disc is PC specific.    They are All the same OEM number when I do Keyfinder.
No, the disk is not PC specific. You'll need it when your PC harddrive crashes without any backup.