We just setup a K2000 and have created the first Windows 7 master image for a Dell Optiplex 790 desktop.

We are planning to use the K2000 to distibute this image to 50 identical stations.

These are Dell desktops that shipped with the OEM software (and all are stickered with the product key atop the station)

Do we need to modify the CD key on each station after deploying the image to each?

Is there any quick way to do this (other that the slmgr tool manually per station) using the answer file or a post install task?

Is this even necessary (can we use the same image/key across all of the 50 stations without issue)

With XP we imaged a master station and used the code provided in the MS article for Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP:


Is there an equivalent method for Windows 7?

Appreciate any advice


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I leave the product key out and then use a post install task to enter the key and activate it.  See:


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Answered 05/25/2012 by: cserrins
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  • Thanks Corey
  • Cory in document link you provided I want to confirm that I create a batch file, copy and paste the info in it and then set this up as my post install task...is that correct? I want to make sure I understand this correctly.
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The only way you can use the same key on that many machines is to deploy W7 enterprise and use a KMS key to activate to a KMS server.  That is what we did in our environment.

Answered 05/25/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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