How can I cripple the product key *after* Windows is set up?

Posted: 03-25-2005, 07:40 PM
Here's the scenario:


We have a "campus license" for some MS products -- including Windows XP
Pro.


However, "personal computer" users can *not* use this license. They
must buy a "work at home" version of XP Pro -- with a different Product
Key. This is a recent change in licensing for us.


But, we would like to be able to continue install our "load set" onto
personal computers -- but this contains the "multiple install" version
of Windows XP Pro.


Does anybody know if there's a way to "cripple" an *installed* (and
patched) version of XP pro so that:

1) We can remove the "multiple install" product key

2) Upon next reboot of the computer (or some later prompt), the user
will be required to enter a different Product Key



We've found (through a quick google search) some apps that would
*replace* the product key with a different one.


But nothing that lets us *remove* the product key and not allow use
until somebody entered a product key later.


Anybody have any suggestions here?

Thanks!

- Steve

How can I cripple the product key *after* Windows is set up?


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Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
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Re: How can I cripple the product key *after* Windows is set up?
Posted: 03-25-2005, 08:26 PM
"Steve Maser" <maser@umich.edu> wrote in message
news:250320051440258077%maser@umich.edu...
> Here's the scenario:
>
>
> We have a "campus license" for some MS products -- including Windows XP
> Pro.
>
>
> However, "personal computer" users can *not* use this license. They
> must buy a "work at home" version of XP Pro -- with a different Product
> Key. This is a recent change in licensing for us.
>
>
> But, we would like to be able to continue install our "load set" onto
> personal computers -- but this contains the "multiple install" version
> of Windows XP Pro.
>
>
> Does anybody know if there's a way to "cripple" an *installed* (and
> patched) version of XP pro so that:
>
> 1) We can remove the "multiple install" product key
>
> 2) Upon next reboot of the computer (or some later prompt), the user
> will be required to enter a different Product Key
>
>
>
> We've found (through a quick google search) some apps that would
> *replace* the product key with a different one.
>
>
> But nothing that lets us *remove* the product key and not allow use
> until somebody entered a product key later.
>
>
> Anybody have any suggestions here?
>
> Thanks!
You can use SYSPREP to force the user to enter a new product key ad then
activate. HOWEVER - your campus build is probably a volume licensed build
(you have one key for all of your machines campus wide). The personal users
will be using a retail or other licensed copy - they will not be able to
enter their product key into your build (even after SYSPREP as you must use
the right kind of key for the appropriate media.

Other then getting them to do a repair install with their CD after you build
the machine with your volume licensed build you cannot do what you wish to
achieve.

(It is actually not within your bounds of your licensing to supply them with
VL media installs - they must use their own non VL product and key)


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Mike
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"Steve Maser" <maser@umich.edu> wrote in message
news:250320051440258077%maser@umich.edu...
> Here's the scenario:
>
>
> We have a "campus license" for some MS products -- including Windows XP
> Pro.
>
>
> However, "personal computer" users can *not* use this license. They
> must buy a "work at home" version of XP Pro -- with a different Product
> Key. This is a recent change in licensing for us.
>
>
> But, we would like to be able to continue install our "load set" onto
> personal computers -- but this contains the "multiple install" version
> of Windows XP Pro.
>
>
> Does anybody know if there's a way to "cripple" an *installed* (and
> patched) version of XP pro so that:
>
> 1) We can remove the "multiple install" product key
>
> 2) Upon next reboot of the computer (or some later prompt), the user
> will be required to enter a different Product Key
>
>
>
> We've found (through a quick google search) some apps that would
> *replace* the product key with a different one.
>
>
> But nothing that lets us *remove* the product key and not allow use
> until somebody entered a product key later.
>
>
> Anybody have any suggestions here?
>
> Thanks!
>
> - Steve

 
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