Ghosting PCs and XP licensing duplication?

By rumpo
Jul 21, 2006
  1. How does one get around the unique licensing key issue when you clone a PC with Ghost and use the image on subsequent installs?

    Do you need to get a volume license from MS with all the CALs having the same code?

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you can only ghost 1 machine. the machine the xp disk was originally installed upon.
  3. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Legally...but the clones will run fine on other machines (not to condone it).
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    then it's illegal, and that's not tolerated here at techspot.
  5. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Yes it is illegal and I'm not saying that he should do it-just that it's possilbe. And anyways, it's hard to find someone who hasn't used one disc to install on multiple machines.
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    It's only illegal where only one copy of XP is owned. If you can ghost the same install to 10 machines, it's perfectly legal provided that you own a license for each machine.

    XP doesn't always like being taken from machine to machine, unless the machines are identical. Of course, if they use the same product key, MS might add the key to WGA as pirated, which could be a problem.
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,209   +424

    Volume license as you stated - with a corporate edition CD - I do it all the time at work.
  8. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Yeah I do it all the time too. I just didn't know it was legal.
  9. rumpo

    rumpo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If we have PC's with pre-loaded XP and license codes, could we ghost a system image onto them, then change the code back to the original legal version?
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

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