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how to image laptops that have windows key in BIOS? (using clonezilla)

br1ckhouse 337 50 October 21, 2015 at 08:37 AM
I have a few laptops that I need to image with clonezilla but the key for windows is in the BIOS (no sticker). I tried to image them the way I do with older laptops that had a sticker for key but the imaged laptops think the key to use is the one from the system I took the image from.

Do I need to do something to the original laptop before I take the image? I normally do not do anything in particular and never had an issue before.

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Sysprep perhaps?

I have cloned a few dell Optiplex (Same model) with clonezilla and never had an issue with the keys.
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Yeah, if they aren't identical systems, you will need to use sysprep.

Also, I'm pretty sure that re-imaging with the built in OEM licensing is against Microsoft's EULA. But, they do allow this (with a workaround) with a single Enterprise key and then they count each OEM key as a license. This will allow you to image with the single Enterprise key instead of worrying about the built in license.

Check out this link for more information:

http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=14534
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thanks all!
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Even if you don't use FOG which was discussed in your earlier thread, there's some useful stuff in the FOG wiki. Some of it is specific to using fog, but most of it isn't: https://wiki.fogproject.org/wiki/...ient_Setup

All of the various steps involved in preparing your image and getting all the machine settings just right are one of the more involved steps in this process.
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following up on this, when using sysprep, do i chose generalize or leave it unchecked?
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