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26 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 32
 
 
Windows 7 sysprep questions.

Hi Folks,

I'm trying to create a Windows 7 image ...

Steps.

1) I installed all necessary apps, made customizations.
2) I run Sysprep utility ( select Generalize, Shutdown, OBOE )
3) Before Windows starts I create an image ( Using DD )
4) I deploy Image to different machine ( Same Hardware )


Only problem is that it dosen't ask me for new serial number .... ?
Is that normal ? It gives me 2 days to activate system ...
I guess I have to change serial number to the one from sticker and activate then ?

Did I miss any steps ?

Help would be appreciated.

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26 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You should not activate Windows if you plan on deploying a sysprepped image. Install Windows without the product key, install your apps, updates, etc, then sysprep it. When the new image is deployed, the end user will be asked for a product key and do the activation.
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26 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 32
 
 

Hello,

Only problem is that I'm using OEM HP Windows 7 .. to create Image .. so It comes with serial number ... So I can't install it without key ?
Any way around this ? Or way to prompt for new key after deployment.

Thx
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26 Jun 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the activation status at Control Panel>System Activation link?

Insert the Product Key there if needed, or when requested.
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26 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 32
 
 

So after each deployment .. I will go in change key to match the label on machine and then activate ?
This will not cause any problems ?

I was under impression that Sysprep ... removes the Installation Key .. and that I will be prompted to type it at next boot ?
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26 Jun 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

It should. What exactly makes you think it didn't?
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26 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 32
 
 

I Deployed image to new machine, And only thing it asked me was language, account/computer name... It didn't ask me for Key Product

any ideas ?
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26 Jun 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

It may wait to prompt you until after setup.

What does it say at Control Panel>Properties when you scroll down to Activation?
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26 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 32
 
 

It gives me 2 days to activate ... and there is a serial number .... But I didn't input it .. its from image .. so it looks like sys prep is not removing key ...
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26 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If this is an HP OEM install, and you are installing it on identical HP computers, it will never ask for a key. There is a unique BIOS identifier located during the install, and that allows a volume key to be used. The COA attached to the computer is there because HP must affix the sticker (which has a unique key, because the EULA requires it).

You still have to activate it online, though - which is why you get that message.
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