Reinstall OEM PC with Volume version of Vista. Will OEM MAK key w

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Steve, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a MAK key
    number on a sticker, presumably. I then want to wipe what they come with and
    put on our customised version of Vista. This comes from Volume media. Now,
    I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS server), can
    I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume installation?

    If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a MAK
    key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!

    Steve
     
    Steve, Feb 5, 2007
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    Emory Tech Guest

    I dont think you can do this. Volume versions will only accept volume keys.
    Your best bet would be to do a custom image made from OEM media. You can
    easily do this without even entering a key or activating. You just have to
    make sure you run sysprep. Other than that you would have to buy another
    license for vista.
     
    Emory Tech, Feb 5, 2007
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  3. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Thanks.

    This is, sadly, the behaviour I expect of MS. What started as a move to
    combat piracy has turned, yet again, into an obstacle for the bona fide IT
    guy, and yet another attempt to mine money...

    I guess I need a KMS server. This, as I understand it, will simply say
    "yes" to my fresh Volume installations (for which I already hold an OEM
    license).
     
    Steve, Feb 5, 2007
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  4. Hello Steve,
    |>When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a MAK
    key
    |>number on a sticker, presumably.
    The MAK key is only available with Volume Licensing. The Sticker on the
    OEM machine was a COA key in Windows XP, I am not sure if they are calling
    it a COA key with Windows Vista but it's not a MAK key.

    |>I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS server),
    can
    |>I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume installation?
    No the OEM key doesn't work with Volume media.
    |>If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a MAK
    |>key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!
    Nope, You don't have to buy the OS twice, this OEM adds to volume count
    that you purchase( that was the way it worked on Windows XP and I haven't
    heard of a change.)
    You get MAK keys with your Volume License agreement. You can call to
    request more activations added to your MAK key.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    |>When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a MAK
    key
    |>number on a sticker, presumably. I then want to wipe what they come with
    and
    |>put on our customised version of Vista. This comes from Volume media.
    Now,
    |>I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS server),
    can
    |>I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume installation?
    |>
    |>If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a MAK
    |>key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!
    |>
    |>Steve
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Feb 6, 2007
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  5. Hello Emory,
    He should use his customized volume image, He shouldn't image his OEM
    image, this causes dependacies with the what the OEM did with the image
    when customizing is and will probably not be supported and dependacies with
    activation again specific to the OEM that supplied the media.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    |>I dont think you can do this. Volume versions will only accept volume
    keys.
    |>Your best bet would be to do a custom image made from OEM media. You can
    |>easily do this without even entering a key or activating. You just have
    to
    |>make sure you run sysprep. Other than that you would have to buy another
    |>license for vista.
    |>
    |>"Steve" wrote:
    |>
    |>> When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a
    MAK key
    |>> number on a sticker, presumably. I then want to wipe what they come
    with and
    |>> put on our customised version of Vista. This comes from Volume media.
    Now,
    |>> I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS
    server), can
    |>> I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume installation?
    |>>
    |>> If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a
    MAK
    |>> key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!
    |>>
    |>> Steve
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Feb 6, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Volume licenses are upgrade licenses. They were with XP and I assume they
    are with Vista. To have a valid license you need a qualifying OS license for
    the upgrade along with the volume license. As others have said OEM product
    comes with a OEM key not a MAK key. You need to create an image from your
    volume license media using either a MAK key or a KMS key and deploy this
    image.

    Look at the last item in this FAQ

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/faq.mspx

    Here's another useful link with details on Volume Activation for Vista

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/plan/volact.mspx
     
    Kerry Brown, Feb 6, 2007
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  7. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Hi, and thanks for your input.

    So the scenario would be that, say, I order 100 new PC's all with OEM
    licences. I have one MAK license for the machine I am imaging from.
    License-wise I am covered.

    Then I have to ring MS and ask for 100 (plus) activations on one MAK number?
    Are they really going to do that? How will they know I even have the OEM
    licences?

    I can't quite see it myself

    Steve

     
    Steve, Feb 6, 2007
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  8. Hello Steve,
    This is how it is supposed to work as I understand the process.
    You may have to explain why you are requesting 100 but that is why.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    |>Hi, and thanks for your input.
    |>
    |>So the scenario would be that, say, I order 100 new PC's all with OEM
    |>licences. I have one MAK license for the machine I am imaging from.
    |>License-wise I am covered.
    |>
    |>Then I have to ring MS and ask for 100 (plus) activations on one MAK
    number?
    |> Are they really going to do that? How will they know I even have the
    OEM
    |>licences?
    |>
    |>I can't quite see it myself
    |>
    |>Steve
    |>
    |>""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" wrote:
    |>
    |>> Hello Steve,
    |>> |>When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a
    MAK
    |>> key
    |>> |>number on a sticker, presumably.
    |>> The MAK key is only available with Volume Licensing. The Sticker on
    the
    |>> OEM machine was a COA key in Windows XP, I am not sure if they are
    calling
    |>> it a COA key with Windows Vista but it's not a MAK key.
    |>>
    |>> |>I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS
    server),
    |>> can
    |>> |>I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume
    installation?
    |>> No the OEM key doesn't work with Volume media.
    |>> |>If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a
    MAK
    |>> |>key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!
    |>> Nope, You don't have to buy the OS twice, this OEM adds to volume count
    |>> that you purchase( that was the way it worked on Windows XP and I
    haven't
    |>> heard of a change.)
    |>> You get MAK keys with your Volume License agreement. You can call to
    |>> request more activations added to your MAK key.
    |>> Thanks,
    |>> Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    |>>
    |>> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights
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    |>> MAK key w
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    |>> |>Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 09:23:02 -0800
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    |>> |>When we buy new machines they will come with Vista OEM licences and a
    MAK
    |>> key
    |>> |>number on a sticker, presumably. I then want to wipe what they come
    with
    |>> and
    |>> |>put on our customised version of Vista. This comes from Volume media.
    |>> Now,
    |>> |>I've already bought Vista once with the PC, so (assuming no KMS
    server),
    |>> can
    |>> |>I put the OEM license key from the sticker into the Volume
    installation?
    |>> |>
    |>> |>If not, how does one do this *without* buying another license with a
    MAK
    |>> |>key. Surely MS do not expect us to buy the OS twice?!?!
    |>> |>
    |>> |>Steve
    |>> |>
    |>>
    |>>
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Feb 6, 2007
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