OEM licensing versus Volume Licensing for Windows

Article:TECH110068  |  Created: 2008-01-26  |  Updated: 2013-10-22  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH110068
Article Type
Technical Solution


Environment

Issue



Comparing types of licenses.


Solution



A computer that comes with an OEM license has an activation key that is tied to that particular hardware. It is typically not legal to install the OEM operating system on a different machine.
  • Sysprep was not designed to work with OEM licenses, but only volume licenses.
  • If you plan to use a large number of machines with OEM licenses, it would be simpler to take one model, format the hard disk and install a 'volume license' version of the OS. That way you can clone it. Note: You will essentially lose the OEM license. You will also be using additional instances of your volume license. For licensing questions, contact your reseller or Microsoft.





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2008032615313660


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