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I am in charge of prepping Win 7 for our environment and before I get started there are a few items I need some help with. We have 90+ license keys but I do not want to use any to test with and the installation that we have auto activates. Also I DO NOT have the option to change product key and I think it has to do with the image we have from Dell.

1.) I have seen somewhere on the net there are 30 day keys from Microsoft. Am I just dreaming? - If not I believe I have a workaround - Create 2 bat files one named Start and the other Enter. Start will call the enter bat file that does this

ECHO OFF
CLS
echo.
ECHO    This will propmt you for a new 
ECHO    product key.
ECHO    The key will need to be provided as such
ECHO    xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
echo.
set /p answer=What is the new prodcut key?
slmgr /ipk %answer%

Easy peasy right.

2.) We use Ghost Solution Suite and my boss wants to stick with that since they do not have any issues. I read an article Here 3rd post down by Ang101. Can anyone confirm this? We are wanting this done within a month so hopefully I can get some solid answers. Thanks

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You can install Windows 7 without a key, and it puts it into a 30 day trial mode.

You can then later enter the key(s) directly into Windows via the "Change product key" link:

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The intention is for testing and prepping systems. :)

Keyless install references: 1, 2, 3, 4

Picture source.

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Ahh I forgot to mention that. That option is not there :( Techie thanks so much for your input. I will change the original post. –  localuser Oct 24 '12 at 19:32
    
That link is in every version of Win7 I've seen. What version/edition are you using exactly? Is this a manufacturer's OEM copy you are using as the source? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 24 '12 at 19:34
    
The fact that you can install with NO key is really the answer I'm trying to give. You can use slmgr to input the key afterwards if the link is missing, and you seem to have that part figured out already. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 24 '12 at 19:38
    
Sweet, I guess when I create my autounattended.xml file (see part 2 of OP) then it should all work well and I can start knocking this out. i45.tinypic.com/2gwdd3n.jpg - Just proof Im not crazy :) –  localuser Oct 24 '12 at 19:45
    
Hopefully your Dell OEM disks aren't BIOS locked and actually let you specify The or No key during install. :/ –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 24 '12 at 19:52

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