How do I pre-install Ubuntu for someone (OEM install)?

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Last Updated October 08, 2015 21:01 PM

I would like to pre-install Ubuntu on a computer for someone. I may want to customize it for them, but in the end they need to be able to choose a username, password, etc. when they first boot it up. (Also called an OEM install).

How do I do this?

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I originally thought this feature was only available in the alternate installer but I have been corrected. I was able to boot up a USB key for the desktop CD, holding down the left shift key until I was asked to choose a language, and then I hit F4 and was presented with this menu:

Colin Watson also notes that you can enable oem-config/enable=true as a boot parameter to expose the feature. After using it it prompted me with OEM-looking prompts:

If you are using the alternate installer you can just hit F4 and choose OEM Install right from the first screen:

Jorge Castro
April 23, 2011 21:42...

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Use the built-in OEM install functionality!

It's very easy to install Ubuntu on a computer for someone else, so that you can customize it for their needs but they can still perform the final basic setup (username, password, language, etc.).

Phase 1. Pre-installation

Press any key to interrupt the LiveCD/LiveUSB autoboot; then press F4 and select OEM Install, and then "Install Ubuntu"

Enter a "company name" (it will only be used in error reports, etc.)

Continue installing...

Enter a temporary username, password and machine-name for the customization phase

Restart

Phase 2. Customization

You are now in the customization phase:

Perform customization: Upgrades, updates, install software, remove software, change wallpapers, etc. In the sample below, we just use the terminal to change the Ubuntu update mirror to one closer to New York City.

When...

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See - http://askubuntu.com/questions/36671/how-do-i-pre-install-ubuntu-for-someone-oem-install

which refers (I think) to - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ubuntu_OEM_Installer_Overview

also - https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/my-work-stopped-using-ubuntu-mate/8262/ which showed me a while ago that oem installs exist.

It's easy to install Ubuntu on a computer for someone else, so that you can customize it for their needs but they can still perform the final basic setup (username, password, language, etc.). This installation is primarily used by shops that clean up a used computer and resell it.

In the live CD/USB, press F4 which gives you the OEM Install (for manufacturers). Click on it and then click on install Ubuntu.

Enter a temporary username, password and machine-name for the customization phase. Install and restart. I used "oem" for both username and password. The machine name I used was "laminar". I don't think that any of this particularly...

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This is a brief walkthrough for Ubuntu OEM Installation.

Installation Process

Note: To get to the OEM Installation menu you have to keep the Shift key pressed during boot as of Lucid Lynx 10.04.1.

Once you are on the installer selection options menu hit the F4 key to select the OEM install mode. Then hit Enter.

You get straight to the systems batch name selection window. This name will be used for bug reports.

Now select how Ubuntu should be installed, this is where you can customize the partitioning etc.

Select your location.

Select the keyboard layout.

Now choose a password for the temporary oem user which will have full administrative powers. Make sure to remember it.

Wait for the installation process to finish.

System Restart

After rebooting the system you will automatically log in with the temporary oem user.

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I would like to pre-install Ubuntu on a computer for someone. I may want to customize it for them, but in the end they need to be able to choose a username, password, etc. when they first boot it up. (Also called an OEM install).

How do I do this?

I originally thought this feature was only available in the alternate installer but I have been corrected. I was able to boot up a USB key for the desktop CD, holding down the left shift key until I was asked to choose a language, and then I hit F4 and was presented with this menu:

Colin Watson also notes that you can enable oem-config/enable=true as a boot parameter to expose the feature. After using it it prompted me with OEM-looking prompts:

If you are using the alternate installer you can just hit F4 and choose OEM Install right from the first screen:

Use the built-in OEM install functionality!

It's very easy to install Ubuntu on a computer for someone else, so that...

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Possible Duplicate:
Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses?

I've bought a new computer and like always it comes with windows 7 pre-installed. I'm a linux user by default but i still keep a virtual windows installation around.

Is it possible to install my linux distribution, and use the OEM license that came with the computer to create the virtual instance?

I have no intention of moving the license off the physical machine so i'm sure i could argue that i'm not violating the license but i don't expect that this would work and activate without great legal battles.

So in the event that this doesn't work what other options do i have? Can i shrink the physical partition and have Qemu boot it? My thoughts are that windows would detect the change in hardware and fail.

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Ubuntu – OEM Mode October 11, 2005

An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) installation mode is now available for Ubuntu. This will help OEMs (like, say, hp, dell, or even your local computer store) to pre-install Ubuntu on a computer and sell it to you. Once you buy the computer, the first time you power up, you will be asked to set your time zone, create a new user and basically customize the computer for your use.

With the OEM installation mode, it is hoped that more and more vendors will pre-install Ubuntu on the computers they sell. As with everything else Ubuntu, the oem installation is free, and one can use a regular install disc to install in the OEM mode. Here’s how:

While the OEM mode is part of Ubuntu 5.10, it is not yet documented in full. Fortunately, the basic OEM mode install consists of only 7 steps:

1. Place the Ubuntu 5.10 Install CD in the CD-ROM Drive and power on the computer.
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At boot:, type oem and press...

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