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Windows 7: Imaging Windows 7 OEM Build

21 Jun 2010   #11
madtownidiot

 

windows 7 loaders are created by hackers to activate illegal copies of windows. using one to activate windows, or more correctly, to bypass activation is illegal, but you can also change the product key with one, and I don't think there would be anything wrong with that, so long as the rest of the activation process is done legally. as for where to find one, a google search will point you in the right direction.. but I wouldn't seriously recommend using one unless you can't find another way.


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21 Jun 2010   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

your Norton Ghost image will recovery to all HP 8440p with the same spec.
Did you image all partitions.
I hope you using Norton Ghost v15, as you may find problems earlier ones.
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21 Jun 2010   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think you want to just image a machine with Ghost and then deploy to multiple machines on the network. If you do this, the SID's and such will be the same on the other machines.

Instead, get the base machine ready and run sysprep on it. This will generalize it and remove the SID's and such as well as the registration key used. Then, once it shuts down, you image it. When you deploy this image, the first boot will take you through a mini-setup...where you can input the proper key.

There are other ways to resolve the SID issue (newsid)....but this method resolves multiple issues for you.
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21 Jun 2010   #14
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I understand your predicament, but would advise against using any of the "loaders" or any other of the activation-bypass "hacks" -- no matter where you find them.

There is an ongoing cat-and-mouse game between the hackers and MS, with the hackers being one or two steps ahead at most. A "hack" that works today might very well NOT work tomorrow -- when MS catches up with the latest one and patches that "problem" with a security update.

I'm guessing you wouldn't want your network of machine to suddenly become deactivated, right?

Better to avoid that problem now than have a community of angry Win7 users because their machines have suddenly been crippled!
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21 Jun 2010   #15
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

At this point, I would call Microsoft and ask them for advice on the matter.
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23 Jun 2010   #16
Reboot

Windows 7 Pro, Windows XP Pro
 
 

I'm not sure how the build of the system can result in sysprep being a problem. I guess that I just dont have enough information as to the build as to what could go wrong when the system gets resealed.

I'm currently in the process of migrating our company from XP/Vista to 7 Pro and I'm going to give Microsoft's "how to" a shot:

How Do I: Windows 7 Deployment Tools Part 1?

I'm building out my first laptop system now (Dell Latitude E6410) and I'll let everyone know how it turns out in a day or two.
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26 Mar 2013   #17
agreensmith

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi Systematic,

One of the problems you face is that OEM keys have certain reference files in the OS and recovery media that make that build of OS specific to that machine / machine type.

If you are imaging WITH the key installed on an existing OEM install, and then deploy that image to another OEM machine, you SHOULD be ok. Some manufacturers keep the keys PER MODEL, but some have individual keys PER MACHINE. I know this as I've been having trouble with Lenovo Thinkpad E530's for the last three months! They're keys are the same PER MODEL. But if you rebuild to fresh install you cannot activate it on the original key. (Origonal key was gotten using Bellarc Advisor). There are various legitimate workarounds to re-insert a new OEM key, but be if you are using a fresh build it wont activate. Best thing to do (as Faladu suggested) is speak to Microsoft, or even better, the manufacturer/supplier/purchaser to make sure that their OEM install will be accepted on multiple machines.
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27 Mar 2013   #18
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by agreensmith View Post
If you are imaging WITH the key installed on an existing OEM install, and then deploy that image to another OEM machine, you SHOULD be ok. Some manufacturers keep the keys PER MODEL, but some have individual keys PER MACHINE. I know this as I've been having trouble with Lenovo Thinkpad E530's for the last three months! They're keys are the same PER MODEL. But if you rebuild to fresh install you cannot activate it on the original key. (Origonal key was gotten using Bellarc Advisor). There are various legitimate workarounds to re-insert a new OEM key, but be if you are using a fresh build it wont activate. Best thing to do (as Faladu suggested) is speak to Microsoft, or even better, the manufacturer/supplier/purchaser to make sure that their OEM install will be accepted on multiple machines.
Not so - with Windows 7's SLP v2.1 activation, all manufacturers use a single Key (per OS per manufacturer).
What changes is the licenses built in to the OS, and the SLIC table in the BIOS.
With machines from the same model line, all SLIC tables and OS licenses are the same,

Reinstallation using the manufacturer's media (and from images created from such an install) do not require external activation, as the three parts of the process force internal self-activation.

Reinstallation using media other than the Recovery media from the manufacturer will require use of the COA Key.
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