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how do I pre-activate Vista using SLP media

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If you are deploying Windows Vista using SLP Media (from your OEM provider) then your OEM Vista capable pc's (SLIC table must be present in the bios), you can preactivate your Vista deployments by doing as follows:-


using the deployment workbench create a new build and use the OEM Vista DVD you got with your OEM pc as the operating system source, Once all copying is complete, use windows explorer to navigate to your Distribution$ share and find the operating systems folder




H:\Distribution\Operating Systems\


in there, you'll have the os you just copied eg:


H:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows Vista OEM SLP


browse the contents of that folder and locate the $OEM$ folder (within the Sources directory)


move this directory and all files in it outside of the Distribution$ share, and locate the OEM Vista certificate usually found in the following folder




the file will have a name such as OEM.XRM-MS, where OEM is your Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Copy ONLY that file plus it's folder structure to the build ID that you just specified in deployment workbench


eg: copy to>




see screenshot


now test a BDD deployment of this os, it should be pre-activated





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