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Windows 7: Dell Product Key sticker Worn!

16 Mar 2013   #1

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Dell Product Key sticker Worn!

hello to all, i wonder if someone can help.

I have recently got a used Dell Latitude 13 laptop. The previous owner had downgraded the OS from Windows 7 pro to Windows XP pro, When i got the laptop i formatted it and installed Windows 7 Pro again,

The problem i have is i only have 3 days before i need to activate and the sticker on the bottom is so badly faded i cant make out what the product key is!

is there any way i can recover this product key to legally activate this OEM laptop?

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16 Mar 2013   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

hi steve1978, you have a few options either ring Microsoft and explain to them ,order a set of recovery discs from Dell that will have the inbuilt product key or download belarc advisor and see if that shows the key Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.
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17 Mar 2013   #3

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The Key in the current install will almost certainly be the Default Key - which can never be activated, and which will be the one that Belarc and any other Keyfinder will find.

You need to contact Dell and order a set of Recovery disks for that machine - they are usually fairly cheap, and certainly a lot cheaper than buying a new license!
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17 Mar 2013   #4


Since you've done a clean install of Windows 7, and didn't enter a key, the key being used now is the default key. I'd recommend buying Dell recovery discs here.
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