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Best way to deploy a Windows 8.1 image with sysprep to multiple PCs without losing product activation.

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We need to put in 15 new identical Windows 8.1 HP laptops (WITH NO DVD/CD DRIVE) in our organization. We need to create a custom image of one of the  laptops and deploy it to the rest. Which method would be the quickest and most efficient for creating an image and deploying on 15 laptops without losing the windows product activation on each PC?
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Question by:SamMontenegro
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you need to use windows 8.1 enterprise volume media for this
you can't use retail/oem because of activation
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Hi,

The best method is with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 (aka MDT). Plenty of info on this is online or indeed previous answers here. As for the media, Seth is correct - forget what the machines ship with - you need a volume license (VLK). So called OEM is meant only for single machine they arrived on. It gets more complicated but ignore the wrinkles - just go with VLK.

MDT is free and create a USB build disk or if you're adventurous can use the WDS feature in Windows Server 2008R2 and later.

Mike
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Thank you both. I will give this a try!
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