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Windows 7: Which product ID key to Use on Reinstall?


20 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit
 
 
Which product ID key to Use on Reinstall?

Hi All,
It's been suggested that I do a reinstall of Win 7 Pro on my Dell XPS 8100 after frequent sys lockups. I follwed the steps at Windows 7 Help Forums - Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get the latest ver. of Win 7 & I've made a bootable DVD w/that image. Question is can I use the product key liasted at Start/Compter/Properties? I ask becaese I'm disabled & getting the key from the back of The PC would be very difficult. THANKS!

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20 Dec 2013   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Did the Dell come with Windows 7 Pro installed or did you install it?

Jerry
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20 Dec 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Quadzilla,

Unfortunately, it would need to be the product key number on the COA sticker on the back of the PC.

The current one is just an OEM SLP key that can't be used with a clean install.

If you like, you could still do a factory recovery if you didn't want to do a clean install in the link you posted. Just be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

How to perform a system restore for Windows 7 | Dell US

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Dec 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Did the Dell come with Windows 7 Pro installed or did you install it?

Jerry
According to this below, 64-bit Windows 7 Pro.

Dell Studio XPS 8100 Desktop Details | Dell
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20 Dec 2013   #5

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Did the Dell come with Windows 7 Pro installed or did you install it?

Jerry
According to this below, 64-bit Windows 7 Pro.

Dell Studio XPS 8100 Desktop Details | Dell
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Quadzilla,

Unfortunately, it would need to be the product key number on the COA sticker on the back of the PC.

The current one is just an OEM SLP key that can't be used with a clean install.

If you like, you could still do a factory recovery if you didn't want to do a clean install in the link you posted. Just be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

How to perform a system restore for Windows 7 | Dell US

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks Shawn thats way I asked, but you answer it
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20 Dec 2013   #6

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

It lists both on that page
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20 Dec 2013   #7

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
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20 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit
 
 

Thx all for the quick replies, it did come new w/Win 7 Pro installed.
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20 Dec 2013   #9

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Quadzilla View Post
Thx all for the quick replies, it did come new w/Win 7 Pro installed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Quadzilla,

Unfortunately, it would need to be the product key number on the COA sticker on the back of the PC.

The current one is just an OEM SLP key that can't be used with a clean install.

If you like, you could still do a factory recovery if you didn't want to do a clean install in the link you posted. Just be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

How to perform a system restore for Windows 7 | Dell US

Hope this helps,
Shawn
You will need to do what Brink posted then.

Jerry
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22 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit
 
 

Hi All,
I was wrong after all, my PC had Win 7 Home Pro when I bought it. I upgraded a few weeks later to Win 7 Professional via Microsoft online store. Sorry for the mix up.
Having said that, I tried to reinstall Win 7 Professinal using a bootable DVD that was made w/an iso file from Windows 7 Direct Download Links.
I booted to that DVD and at the point where I was to select the partition, I got an error that the install could not continue and to check the setup log file for the reason. (3 partitions were available, I chose the largest, 900GB)

I searched my C drive and found no such file. Any idea what the problem is? I did find the Dell Win 7 Home Pro reinstall, do I have to use that then upgrade? I was hoping to do avoid that.

Thanks again for your help and patience!
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