I have found an answer to one question here, how to do an image with an OEM copy of Windows XP. Now I need to know if it is possible to do this with a copy of OEM Office 2003 Basic.

We purchase Dell's preinstalled with OEM Office 2k3 Basic. I'm wanting to create an image that has all our apps installed. I plan on using UIU becuse we have many different hardware configs. We buy Office from dell becuase its very cheap and has exactly what we need, no more no less. We have about 35 PC's. The last time I researched pricing, OEM office was much cheaper then Open License.

What are my options for having Office installed on my image? Can I make an image after I activate Office and it retain the activation? I realize all PC's would have the same office number but we would have a record of purchased office keys so we would be legal. Better yet, is there a way to have the Office key stripped so I have to put in a new office key on every image, just like Windows?

Thanks for any advice.
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Absolutely check with Microsoft on this before doing it. In most cases you have to have a site license code for Office.

A word of warning, I interned at a company that got burned on licensing by Microsoft. The image they were using was created with an install of Microsoft Office Professional, and the tech that made the image simply removed Access from the install (we had many Office Standard licenses, few professionals). They got audited and Microsoft charged them with numerous licensing violations, because we only had about 30 licenses for Office Professional, yet they saw 300 on our network. Dispite the fact that the only difference between standard and professional was access, which wasn't present on most of those machines, Microsoft still charged us the better part of 800 grand in fees for it.
Answered 03/07/2005 by: Bladerun
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