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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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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

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

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

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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28 May 2014   #5

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Dell's US site isn't much good for a UK customer
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28 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Recovery disks from Lenovo are not cheap i paid $60 to get my recovery disks for Windows 7
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28 May 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I've seen this in the past. Some people have been able to contact M$ and talk them into issuing a new key after sending them a photo of the worn out key. You may have to call more than once to find a rep that is willing and/or capable of doing this.
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28 May 2014   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Dell's US site isn't much good for a UK customer
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