can't read windows key

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by blaze15301, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. blaze15301

    blaze15301 Limp Gawd

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    I reinstalled windows started on my dell mini i thought i could read the key but apparently it was wrong so now i have no idea what to do.

    I called dell and they told me to just buy a new key.
     
  2. MrsOldMX

    MrsOldMX Limp Gawd

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    Why dont you use the recovery partition?
     
  3. MrGuvernment

    MrGuvernment You have not picked your own. You are stupid.

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    recovery partition doesn't work if you formated / deleted the original partition, at least in some dell systems it doesnt
     
  4. Snufykat

    Snufykat [H]ard|Gawd

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    Usually you have to remove\replace partitions to get the recovery partition.
     
  5. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Moral of the story: Avoid brand junk that are too cheap to provide you with an install media.
     
  6. Tamlin_WSGF

    Tamlin_WSGF 2[H]4U

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    Use this:
    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

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    Sorry, didn't see that you reinstalled it already.
     
  7. HeavensCloud

    HeavensCloud Oswego, not shitty as Buffalo

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    Is it an old machine or something? I called Dell and said I had to reinstall due to virus but I didn't have the OS because the virus ate the recovery partition. They sent out 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 thumb drives at no charge - overnighted to me actually. I love Dell.
     
  8. Tamlin_WSGF

    Tamlin_WSGF 2[H]4U

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    Thats true. Dell has their own OEM disks where you don't have to enter any serials. I believe they only check for Dell code in the bios.

    I have 2 E6400 ATG and one E6410 ATG that got replaced at work and HD was taken out for security, so I needed to get new ones. They do have a windows serial sticker underneath, but I only had to use a Dell OS disk "already installed on your computer" and no need to enter a serial on either of the machines.
     
  9. TCM

    TCM Gawd

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    Daz Loader can install Dell's certificates I think.

    In either case, it can activate Win7. I guess that's the OS we talk about.
     
  10. x509

    x509 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I can only say this: I recently got a Lenovo T530. When I tried to create the recovery media from the "special" Lenovo partition, I got the same error on two different burn operations. So I called Lenovo and three days later, I had a copy of the media, no cost, courtesy of Lenovo.

    Moral of the story: Not all vendors are created equal.
     
  11. trick0502

    trick0502 [H]ardness Supreme

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    if you use a dell windows disk it usually doesnt ask for a key