I'm entirely new to deployment so I do appologize if something seems obvious.

Im trying to deploy win 7 images on a few Latitude E6430's using K2000.

I run sysprep with OOBE generalize shutdown options

I'm able to capture and deploy an image sucessfully, but unfortunately the system that the image is deployed on

boots up and windows is already activated, and I am not prompted to enter the serial key for windows.

Does any one know if that has something to do with the OEM version of windows that these systems come with, and there is some information out there suggesting that the windows sn#'s are embedded into the hardware?!


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prior to sysprep release the license key using slmgr /cpky /upk /rearm


Answered 10/16/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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Microsoft makes it illegal to use OEM for imaging and redeployment.  

I NEVER use the OEM OS install, but do the install with our KMS disc, all the apps installs and sysprep the image before capturing.  
Answered 04/12/2016 by: ColderIT
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Thanks for the tip, I will try it out and capture a new image

Answered 10/16/2012 by: kireberik
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Well, I captured and deployed an image using slmgr /cpky /upk /rearm and then sysprep.

The box with the deployed image boots up with the windows already activated. 

I ran prod-u-key to check what serial it had, and it is saying product key not found.

Not sure what else could be causing this issue.

Answered 10/16/2012 by: kireberik
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  • I think you are right that the oem version has the code branded in it.
  • you could also try to put the KMS key in your answer file, and since you do not a kms server it should pop up to activate
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
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