My boss and I have a small disagreement that I cannot seem to quickly get resolved. I need a verdict from my expert friends here at EE.
So here is the scenario:
- We own a volume license agreement for 10 seats of Windows 10 Professional. We have only MAK keys and no KMS keys appearing on our VLSC.
- We always buy HP PCs that come pre-loaded with their own image that includes OEM Windows 10 Pro (the price of the OEM Windows 10 Pro license is included in the price of the new PC).
- I'm really tired of manually activating these PCs with a 25-digit MAK key.
His case: My boss says that we have the right to a KMS key under our current volume license, and that the KMS key in question can then be used to activate all of our PCs, including those that have been purchased as licensed OEM but then had their HP (OEM) custom image over-written with our own custom image (that was created using the full volume license installer image from the VLSC - an installer image associated with those ten seat licenses I mentioned above and that has no associated KMS key).
My case: I was always taught that you can only use the OEM licenses when you also use the OEM image as shipped from the OEM, and that as soon as you erase the custom OEM image and over-write it with your own image, the type of license that was associated with the installer you used to create YOUR image needs to match the license you eventually use to activate that particular PC.
Which of us is right?