Licensing issues with cloned OEM Windows 7
March 26, 2011 7:39 AM Subscribe
Can I clone an OEM windows 7, preactivated install and not worry about cloning the license with it?
posted by daveyt to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have 3 brand new, identical HP PC's with Win 7 Professional OEM preinstalled and preactivated. Unfortunately, even business class PC's come full of junk (49 different pieces of crapware including 23 games) and of course no Windows disk. I've spent considerable time cleaning up, and I have a lovely clean build with all the apps and utils I need.
I want to clone/restore using Clonezilla, to the other 2 PC's. I have no problem doing that technically but I cant work out what will happen with the key/OEM license. I've looked through a lot of articles and cant find out what would happen if I cloned, and whether or not there would be a problem with licensing.
Ideally I'd like to re-enter the OEM licence key on the other 2 and re-activate them legally so everything is kosher. Any ideas?
I dont really have enough PC's or time to justify volume licensing on this scale.