07/09/2012 4736 views

I am hung up with trying to figure out what to do in regards to fully automating windows xp installation. The OEM Windows XP Pro installation image requires a product key. I know with manufacturer specific cd's they don't prompt for cd keys, but lenovo's recovery cd's are not the standard windows installation cd image, like an OEM.

What should I do... legally, besides having a MAK license key for ~200 computers that already have OEM licenses.

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Answered 07/09/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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You could try adding the oem keys to either an area in the bios(you can do this with Dells, do not know about Lenovo's) and query it or create a DB file with the macs and oem licenses.  You could then cast an image and create a post task that reads this oem code and sets it as the license key.

Answered 07/09/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • That sounds pretty complicated, there isn't a better way?
  • To be legal the easy way, either hand enter each one or go with MAK license. Hopefully someelse will have been there done that, and have a better way.