First I must start off by saying my intentions are not to Pirate software from Microsoft.
I am an entry level technician that works at a "big box" retail repair store that shall not be named. On a daily basis, I have to restore the Operating Systems of, on average, 3-5 units per day.
Naturally restore media is going to be misplaced, fail, or clients will not create any if the MFG choses not to ship the unit with pre-burned recovery discs.
When this happens, it usually is as easy as reading the license off the COA and using an OEM if XP, or vanilla retail DVD if Vista/7.
Sometimes the COA is removed or unreadable (faded), in which case the client/owner of the unit is contacted, and informed that genuine OEM DVDs are needed. Sometimes this goes over well, and sometimes we end up dealing with a very p***ed-off client. Even worse is when the MFG will not provided/sell duplicate OEM recovery media (HP will no longer provide media for XP or Vista).
What I would like to do is create a Windows 7 Install ISO that contains all the necesary files to activate just as an OEM DVD would activate.
As I understand it, an OEM DVD of windows 7 requires 3 things:
- An SLP string stored in BIOS unique to the MFG/Version of Windows to be activated.
- An SLIC key (in place of a CD key) unique to the MFG/Version of Windows to be activated.
- SLP certificate file that must match the SLP string stored in BIOS.
If I were able to add all 3 requirements for all the major MFGs (Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony, etc etc.) could a Windows 7 ISO exist that would automatically LEGITMATLEY activate the APPROPRIATE OS that the original/genuine OEM install media would?
I just want a DVD I can use to restore the OS of any mainstream manufactured PC and not have to worry about activation if the COA is removed. It would also be nice to not have to enter the Key every time a client is irresponsible with their recovery media
Ofcourse if the machine is not a MFG'ed machine (read:custom build) or you tried installing Ultimate instead of Home Premium, I would not expect nor want it ot activate.
Please let me know if this is possible. It would simplify my life EXTREMELY, and I have no maluicious purpose or intent.
P.S. The ISO I am using is a Genuine Windows 7 retail ISO with the ei.cfg removed to allow selection of the appropriate Win7 version.
Edited by NNJZ, 22 September 2012 - 06:41 PM.