There was no prompt for a license key and Windows was already activated when I looked. For those that have posted in the thread that I referenced, I would be interested to see what you have to say about this case. So that option would cover a motherboard replacement. Downloaded the same windows 7 version from digital river and installed that, then logged into dell account and installed drivers etc from them. I wonder if its just a Dell thing? I am a dentist and I am thinking about updating my system to a more modern one I have been in practice for thirty years.
But that key is still tied to its original machine. You may be able to get help on. Contacted dell and they told product will be embeded inside Motherboard, I just need to run the Windows 8 Single Language 64bit setup and it will not ask for product key. Sure, it may be hidden under the battery, but it was there. I have tried buying replacement key but all the legitimate window 7 key links are dead and lead to windows 8 purchases. That continues to strike me as , especially now that Windows 8. I'm just posting this now because.
It's a matter of time before Microsoft blacklists the product key, and we won't be able to use it to activate Windows anymore. Old answer This old answer is just kept for the record. We don't need to enter a name or an email; we just click on the Download! At the end of the restoration it automatically activated and everything is now running fine. Before he took my money he said that I may or may not need the Product Key for the repair if they have to replace the drive. It just remembered it was activated and because the Store is secure it was allowed to stay that way. Alternative way to get the Windows 8. Dell has never used a product key although up until now they did put a sticker on the machines with one on it.
That's certainly a plus, especially when the numbers on those product key stickers wear out or are just too small to easily read. Should this fail for any reason, stay on the line and you will be connected to a Microsoft support representative. You can like our , share this post with your friends, and select our affiliate links for your purchases on or. Was wondering whether it is safe and okay to combine different memory modules from different. Should I save the data first on a separate hard drive and then transfer it back to the updated system? I am about to buy a digital x-ray system from a company which insists on using Windows 7 in its system. From what you are describing, that does not appear to be the case.
The reason I say that is if you take a look at the discussions in this thread » New Laptops that come pre-installed with Windows 8 no longer have the License Key sticker on the outside of them. Can't read label on bottom and all the product key finders return the default key which cant be used to activate. After months of calls and texts between myself, Dell and Microsoft and numerous re-installations using the software they sent without success I have finally solved this problem. It had geniune windows 7 home premium. Then go ahead and use the key which you should've recovered in advance with the new Windows installation. I don't want to Go by installing Windows 8, then upgrading it windows 8. It doesn't need to be Windows 8; it could have Windows 7.
Windows pre-loaded and no discs came with the purchase. I really don't know, but I don't totally trust everything Dell tells me. I suspect that the problem arose because some Dell installs may have a peculiar partitioning - and that needs to be exactly duplicated for the activation system not to complain. The repair disk was supposed to enable my computer to access the win 7 key in the bios and automatically activate. Can't read label on bottom and all the product key finders return the default key which cant be used to activate.
The people in the thread that I referenced were talking about Dells. Did Home Basic come with the Dell? Then I upgraded it to windows 8. Your Dell Inspiron will have the product key stuck to the underside of the laptop casing. Please don't be offended, but this all sounds rather suspicious, so at the first sign of piracy my input will end, as discussing piracy is against forum rules. Having said that, I continue to find that in-place upgrades can cause anything from niggling issues to big headaches. There is a program out there called Produkey. Which is what should have happened the first time I re-installed the software not the 7 or 8th.
One would assume there might be a number of machines out there that have Windows 8 on them that have yet to conform to the the new technology by embedding the key. Was Windows 8 provided with the machine? So download or order it from their site. We get the Windows 8. . From our experience with Windows 8 upgrades, you're right out of luck. I don't think its a piracy.