Quote: Originally Posted by event3horizon
Good info. Thank you.
My problem with using MAK keys on all PCs is obviously a shortage of them. Why should we use our MAK keys when we can use a Dell OEM key sticker? I also wasn't planning to use a DELL DVD on other OEM brands. Just wanted to know if I can use the retail DVD (made into a custom company image) and if it will accept and activate Dell OEM keys.
My company often buys the OS with the PCs it buys, and doesn't choose the no OS option from Dell.
And I don't mind inserting the appropriate key onto each PC. We don't have hundreds or thousands of PCs.. lol.
If you have the DELL OEM reinstall Disk
( not the Recovery Disks) for all your DELL machines ( which you can easily get from DELL even if you do not have them), then as suggested by mate alphanumeric in one of his posts elsewhere, " if you copy the $OEM$ folder and ei.cfg file from the sources folder on the Dell disk to the new sp1 disk, the sp1 disk should now do the OEM SLP activation like the original Dell disk did."
The advantage here will be that you need not enter the different CAO-SLP key for each DELL machine and then activate it by phone/ a robo call /activates through internet sometimes . The same DVD will autoactivate all your DELL machines provided all of them have the same Windows 7 edition. (32bit or 64 bit does not matter)
Alternatively, you can google search on ways and means of backing up and restoring the OEM-SLP activation. You can directly address DELL Technical Support and find out whether you can do it and whether they have any objections to it. Mostly they will not. (Seven Forum Admin does not permit mentioning the activation Backup and Restore programs here.. IMO, it is perfectly ethical and legal when it is resorted on a legally licenced OEM machine with a factory embedded SLIC which ensures protection against piracy.)
That said, please do check the following two articles and whether these are of help to you. Learn About Product Activation
on Product activation.
"Original Equipment Manufacturer Most OEMs sell systems that include a standard build of the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Hardware vendors perform OEM activation by associating the operating system to the firmware (basic input/output system, or BIOS) of the computer. This process occurs before the computer is sent to the customer so that no additional actions are required by the user. This method of activation is known as OEM activation. OEM activation is valid as long as the customer uses the OEM-provided image on a system. To create a customized image, customers can use the image provided by the OEM as the basis for creating the custom image. Otherwise, a different activation method must be used. For further details on customizing Windows and activation impacts refer to the following whitepaper. Note OEM activation is applicable to computers with Windows installed that are purchased through OEM channels. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff730914.aspx
speaks about customizing Windows 7 Professional edition
There is also a white paper on how retain the OEM activation in Windows 7 for companies wanting to use a modified custom image. ( Not immediately able to get it.
EDIT: here is the link for downloading the white paper: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...s.aspx?id=5114
Preserving the OEM activation in Windows Vista and Windows 7