dc3, I feel we are going to get into an unnecessary argument on this but I feel I need to stand my ground and say you are clearly not wanting to help but more importantly read what I am putting on the forum. I appreciate judging by the number of posts you have, you are clearly a veteran on here and I will put it down to a bad...month.
However if you feel you cannot help, feel free to say so and I'll jump back to the Microsoft forums.
And so to be completely clear to your point...I never once said the intention is to install the image onto multiple machines. If I wanted to do this, I have a volume licence I could use.
My first thread states This would be done on a laptop by laptop basis.
My second reply states "
So lets say I have 10 laptops. I would install windows on all 10 individually, install drivers and so on and finally activate all 10."
Where in any of that does it state I am trying to install the same key on multiple systems?
In actual fact moving on from the 10 laptops, I have probably close to double now and more mounting up all with the same issue.
And so to repeat for the nth time, whatever solution does the trick, its a solution that would be implemented per laptop.
Not the same image, not the same key... but first install Windows manually on laptop A. Install drivers on laptop A. Install product key found under laptop if W7 or older on Laptop A and finally activate laptop A.
Once activated, sysprep to OOBE state. I then use onekey to create a recovery partition. Again, not something that goes onto USB or an external drive...this is on the SAME drive as LAPTOP A.
Once this is complete, carry out ALL the above steps onto Laptop B and so on.
There is nothing sinister going on here - heck this is retail, I'm hardly going to need an illegal solution for something that is displayed in cabinets for everyone to see .
Anyway clearly I seem to have made a mistake in registering here to request help so I'll stick with the MS forums and hopefully get what is clearly looking like a potential solution now from helpers there. If anyone else wants to chime in, feel free... In progression, those that are able to help have got me as far as to looking into an unattended xml deployment. I've downloaded the kit but not used it before.
Edited by aj84, 29 January 2018 - 11:51 AM.