They have now included the OPK as a download on the OEM System Builder's website. Registration is required in the Microsoft Partner Program to gain access to it, but registration at the free level will suffice. (That is all I have, and I was able to download the OPK .ISO file just fine.) You can register with the Microsoft OEM System building website as a system builder. You do not need to give a tax ID or anything like that. To clear up any legal issues, read this:
Quoted from OEM System Builder Packaging, Licensing, and COA Changes Frequently Asked Questions:
Thus, if you are building your own PC from the ground up, you are a system builder/assembler. Which means you can legally purchase a Windows XP OEM license (now without the requirement that the vendor needs to ship you some old internal PC part). This also satisfies the legal requirements to be able to use the OPK.
Can I distribute an unopened 1-pack to an end-user?OEM system builder software is designed for OEM system builders for preinstallation on new PCs. The outside of the pack states “Intended for PC and server manufacturers or assemblers ONLY”. While unopened packs can be distributed to other system builders, they are not intended for end-users. If an end-user opens the pack, they are bound by the break-the-seal agreement which requires them to preinstall the product using the OPK, support the product, and other requirements not appropriate for an end-user who does not have the skills and technical knowledge of a system builder. An exception to this is when the end-user is actually assembling their own PC, in which case, that end user is considered a system builder as well, under the definition in the OEM system builder license agreement.
Also, MS now offers Windows XP OEM licenses in 1-Packs. Before you had to purchase a 3-pack of OEM licenses which, if purchased through official channels, included the OPK. That and the 10-pack were the only methods I was aware of to obtain the OPK. Now MS will lets you download the OPK. Here's the link:
Download the Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit - NEW
You will be prompted for a Passport user ID and password. If you register at the link below, that should take care of you.
Registering for the OEM System Builder Web Site
NOTE: One cannot legally redistribute the OPK, without being an authorized distributor. So let me be upfront in saying, "no I will not send you a copy". If you register at the link above, you can obtain your own copy.
Let not the next person have to suffer the same again!
Here's the direct link to the WindowsXP SP2 (and lower), OPK - http://oem.microsoft..._x86fre_opk.zip (205 MB).
Its the OPK that has WinPE 1.2 as well, so enjoy!
Edited by DarkShadows, 06 October 2005 - 09:42 PM.