Original windows 10 in 6 machines, clone one and.....

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  1. TziMmys

    TziMmys MDL Junior Member

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    I have six pc's, with original preinstalled windows 10.

    I want to add programs to one of these, and then clone it over the other pc's.

    Will I have a problem with the serial number and the authentication? Will I lose activation?

    Thank you a lot!
     
  2. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    if all the machines are identical in hardware...u mite not lose the activation.....my experience with MS Office for example it always loses the activation when theirs a change or some kind of upgrade. i guess it depends on the cloning tool u use like acronis.
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Just test it, install all you want on one of the machines. Create a full backup and apply the backup on one other machine, when the system is not activated try to re-insert the oem:Dm key (you can read it out by using the OEM_Query tool from the MULTI_OEM/RET project).

    I, myself, would simply go the audit(install all you want)/sysprep/capture route, the iso created by going that route can be used to re-install windows on all desired machines and every machine gets activated by its own oem:Dm key.
     
  5. Threat

    Threat Lord of the Files

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    There would be some differences .... MAC address, HD Serial Number.
     
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  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    It's not a "free hwid" situation, all systems have oem:Dm bioskeys for 10, no mac's etcetc to be concerned of.

     
  7. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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  8. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    If these machines have the product key in the UEFI (OEM-DM) then there is no issue cloning to all boxes. Windows will read the correct key from bios & activate.
    If they are COA (stickers on the PC), then you can clone to each but will need to install the correct key & activate.

    Since this is all legit then I seen no issue...
     
  9. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    notice what the OP said in line 2....."I want to add programs to one of these, and then clone it over the other pc's." so if he has apps like office or quickbooks,autocat he will lose the licensing in the cloning process for does apps .
     
  10. TziMmys

    TziMmys MDL Junior Member

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    I really hoped that this would be it....


    I dont realy care if I lose the license of other products, just the windows licening.

    I have enough answers to go with it.

    Thank you all so much..... I will inform you what happened.....
     
  11. cengizhan

    cengizhan MDL Senior Member

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    why dont you try the sysprep method? install windows without activating. install your apps and drivers. capture the image. create an installation dvd with this image. install to others. all of them should be activated
     
  12. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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  13. TziMmys

    TziMmys MDL Junior Member

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    Windows are already activated my friend.