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Would HDD Copier leave the Windows License intact & Other Apps

I have got 5 new OEM Workstations at work. Before ordering I made sure to get Windows 7 Pre-activated OEM. I have got rid of all the junk apps comes with new system on one computer. Now I want to copy its HDD to the rest of the machines. All these workstations are configured identical. Thats what I have got to copy the HDD http://www.amazon.ca/Startech-Com-UNIDUPDOCK-Standalone-Drive-Duplicator/dp/B00348K5XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425814418&sr=8-1&keywords=hdd+copier
My question is: What would happen to pre-activated Windows 7 in these machines?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Commented:
If the machines are identical, and ALL are licensed, then Windows 7 should activate just fine. The licenses are OEM and not really supposed to move, but if ALL are licensed, then the copy will normally work.

Some software, like enterprise Office will have to be reactivated after the copy. Some software won't copy and must be installed at setup.
Most Valuable Expert 2015
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What you are doing is using cloning to deploy your OS, and that isn't allowed by the license agreement unless you have a Volume License somewhere. Cloning/Imaging OEM OS's is only allowed for disaster recovery/backup on the same PC, and not for deployment if you don't have a VL.

Besides that there can't be that much to remove of the original system. You need all the drivers and their utilities. You only need to remove the trialware like AV tool, office etc, and that is something that is quickly done. You only have to do that on the 4 remaining PC's, and I doubt you'd be much faster using cloning.
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Most Valuable Expert 2013
Commented:
Doing what you're planning would likely violate your licensing agreement and leave your workstations in an unsupported state.

For 5 machines, you should just set them up and work on them simultaneously to clean them up and get them ready.  If you really want, you can image them using volume license media and key - you only need ONE copy of Windows Volume License that matches the edition on the machines (Windows 7 Pro VL to image ALL Windows 7 Pro OEM).  You then properly create an image in audit mode, capture it, and deploy it.

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Might violate the license agreement. I am not proceeding with this route.
Most Valuable Expert 2015

Commented:
Leew and I gave you the other options you can use that don't violate the license, and we made you aware of the issue, so our answers would be correct.

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Commented:
Your alternate answer is obvious, that's what anyone would do.
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
You can clone machines before activating as you see fit.
Distinguished Expert 2019

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at the initial Out of Box Experience prompt use ctrl-shift-f3 to enter sysprep administrative mode.. make your changes then reseal and turn off the machine.  now clone the disk and then distribute. This is the only legal way