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Afternoon,

I'm sitting here confused what to do with 7 x new HP 6300 Business desktops purchased with the Windows 8 Pro -to- Windows 7 Pro downgrade option.

Here's the issue. I use Ghost to image all of our company computers. So, I need the Product Key located on the sticker. Well, when you buy this option you get no Windows 7 sticker, just the Windows 8 sticker letting you know you now have a embedded BIOS key.

I installed Jellybean and grabbed the Product key from 4 of these computer and they're all the same (same product ID and CD Key). Which means to me HP is using a Volume style license for the downgrade

I called HP and Microsoft and they both point the fingers at each other.
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So, I push my normal HP 6300 image out to one of these computer, activate Windows 7 Pro with the Product Key from Jellybean and I'm presented with "Victim of Counterfeit ". What normaly happens when I run into this with my own Volume Lic I've done in the past is change the date/time for 31 days into the future and I'll have the option to do a Phone activation.. Nope.. Tried 60 day, 90 days, 365, nope..

So here I am, 7 new computer with a Windows 8 disk, no Windows 7 Product Key, and now way to activate what I bought.. Any Ideas?
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Here is what I've found for you to do:

The downgrade process
  1. Follow these steps to downgrade to a previous version of Windows or Windows Server software:
  2. Obtain genuine Windows media and a corresponding product key for the version of Windows that is eligible for downgrade.
    • The media should come from a prior legally licensed version from the OEM or Retail channels.
    • End users who are licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) may provide their VL media and key to a system builder to facilitate the downgrade on their own systems.
  3. Insert the downgrade-eligible version of Windows media in the CD drive and follow the installation instructions.
  4. Type the product key.
    • If the software was previously activated, you will not be able to activate it online. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. Call the number and explain the circumstances. When it is determined that the end user has an eligible Windows license, the customer service representative will provide a single-use activation code to activate the software. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario.
  5. Activate the software.

By the looks of it, it seems calling in to Microsoft should be the only step you need to activate them.
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Interestingly enough when you ghost Downgraded Windows 7 Pro computers from HP you will not need to activate, as long as they are the same model and you have confirmed the Volume Lic is the same across all the new computers via Jellybean. Simply create a new ghost image from the default activated Windows 7, ghost it, deploy the image, done..

It's weird, but that's they way they are doing it now.
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Originally Posted by scottsee View Post

Interestingly enough when you ghost Downgraded Windows 7 Pro computers from HP you will not need to activate, as long as they are the same model and you have confirmed the Volume Lic is the same across all the new computers via Jellybean. Simply create a new ghost image from the default activated Windows 7, ghost it, deploy the image, done..

It's weird, but that's they way they are doing it now.

We have a ton of HP 8100 SFF on our office and a ton of HP Windows 7 installation disks. I just picked one disk and used it on all computers and they all activated without any problems. Did not even have to type in a PK.
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Having the exact same issue here with the same HP 6300 computers. Has anything changed in the past four months?
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"Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario. " Quoted from: http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=OMXMFRgTr9r

What this tells me is that you''l have to use your own installation and product disk for Windows 7. Or another option will be to order the Windows 7 installation disk from HP, which activate automatically as long as it's installed on an HP computer.
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