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Like the titles says i am thinking about helping out my local school and get them win7.
What is the best solution other than spending 2k+ for 100 keys....

i was thinking about setting a lan boot through the main school server but that might be too slow if all the computers are connected any suggestions?
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If the computers are all the same, or similar, you can just make a ghost image and then set up a networked session to re-image multiple machines at once.
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Like the titles says i am thinking about helping out my local school and get them win7.
What is the best solution other than spending 2k+ for 100 keys....

i was thinking about setting a lan boot through the main school server but that might be too slow if all the computers are connected any suggestions?
You need an indvidual key for each system unless you are a manufacturer that has a SLP key.
 
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I think you could maybe contact microsoft and have them come out to your school and give you an "Educational Edition" of windows 7. Other than that, you have to spend a lot of money, and go to each computer and install them.
    
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Depends, I did 104 computer setup for a client 4weeks ago. If your school uses fiberoptics and you have 1000mbs switches you should be ok if you pushed them all at once. It wont be the fastest thing in the world but It will be alot faster then doing them one at a time or in bundles. You could do 50 of them at once then do the other 50 after. If your installing the OS threw a Dell,Hp or a main brand. Then the install should pick up OS key thats integrated into the hardware. If not then you have to do it all by hand.


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interesting
@zhylun is that even legal?
@Willanhanyard i think that will be an option of all else fails
@ziox great idea would work except the school i am trying to help is broke (i live in california) so no standard ethernet cable; and they are not pre-builts we are also raising money to build 100 custom computers so i am willing to have the patients to install 100 hdds;

and as far as school owned keys goes the IT says they only have a school wide key for xp 32bit only and most of the systems have in pre installed into the hdd (hp prebuilts)
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interesting
@zhylun is that even legal?
@Willanhanyard i think that will be an option of all else fails
@ziox great idea would work except the school i am trying to help is broke (i live in california) so no standard ethernet cable; and they are not pre-builts we are also raising money to build 100 custom computers so i am willing to have the patients to install 100 hdds;

and as far as school owned keys goes the IT says they only have a school wide key for xp 32bit only and most of the systems have in pre installed into the hdd (hp prebuilts)
Ask for an educational edition.
    
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i think that shall be the easiest thanks for the help
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Or get enterprise edition... That doesnt require a key and is for large deployments.
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Or get enterprise edition... That doesnt require a key and is for large deployments.
Educational criteria is not the same as the enterprise criteria.
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