Many friends ask me to set up their new laptops and PC's so I'm creating a master disk image of a Windows 8 Core x64 edition (which is the one that manufacturers seem to use for home PC's) I will keep this up to date so I can then reimage any new laptop with my "prepared" image and save having to manually install everything like Classic Shell, all OS updates, MS Office and all settings etc etc.. I plan to enter the official key that comes with each new laptop and if necessary "reactivate" the new PC either online or by phone activation. I'm hoping by doing this I can use "my" prepared image and just enter the "official" key that comes with the new PC and succesfully one way or the other activate it. I haven't tried this method yet as none of my friends or relatives have bought a new Windows 8 PC. My question is:- 1. Will this method work? 2. The image I'm creating obviously isn't activated and keeps reminding me of the fact. What happens as the days and weeks go by.. will the activation nags increase or worse, will the unactivated "master" copy I'm keeping become unusable?