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    Activate before Sysprep

    I am just about to create a new ghost image for some new PCs we have got.

    I am thinking of running sysprep before the ghost to wipe out all of the PC specific identifiers etc.

    I haven't done it before and haven't noticed a problem but i thought I'd try and do it the right way!

    Should I activate the PC before running SysPrep or after or is it irrelevant?

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    Don't you have a volume licence? If i remember correctly, if you activate it then sysprep/ghost and dump the image to another computer.. it will ask you to activate it again.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    If you have the volume licence/corporate edition of XP Pro there's no activation needed.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    It is a volume license CD but it still asks for activation. It goes through no problem but it always asks.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    Ah ok, mines a MS Select copy.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    Thought Volume Licence didnt ask for CD.... so do you have to ring up and get the activation code everytime you do an install?

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    volume license key and volume license disk doesn't require activation

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy
    volume license key and volume license disk doesn't require activation
    Quote Originally Posted by thom
    It is a volume license CD but it still asks for activation. It goes through no problem but it always asks.
    You are using volume licensed CD bought by the school seperately?
    I have to ask this but you aren't using the manufacturer's install CD?
    If you have a VL CD with a valid VLK and your still getting this error then ring up your Microsoft Licensing reseller and get them to sort it out. You've been given the wrong disk.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    Quote Originally Posted by apeo
    Thought Volume Licence didnt ask for CD.... so do you have to ring up and get the activation code everytime you do an install?
    Opps i meant didnt ask for Activation Code. ops:

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    so do you have to ring up and get the activation code everytime you do an install?
    We have been phoning telephone support and they sort it.
    ring up your Microsoft Licensing reseller and get them to sort it out. You've been given the wrong disk.
    I think this might be right, I slipstreamed service pack 2 onto the sp1 VL disc so maybe that's what screwed it up. I 'll give my resellers a call and see if they can sort it.

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    Re: Activate before Sysprep

    I've had no problems slipstreaning onto volume CD's.

    My one is only a XP "gold" [no SP] CD lol so for the sake of time and effort, I have no choice but to do it.

    [or spend a minimal amount getting a new kit]

    Cheers
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