How can I get it back? Sticker problem is no more. After entering the key I get a new error We couldn't activate Windows Error Code 0xc004f014 So what gives. Looks like the seller upgraded it from Vista to Windows 7. Let me quickly show you how: First of all, download the proper version from its Download page. Activation by the end user is not required.
If you don't remember which edition of 8 you had, contact Dell and ask them or download and install the different editions of 8. Just a shot in the dark here. Install Product Key Finder full version on your dell laptop. I would imagine your machine has a factory recovery partition Most do these days that you will need to use. So the only way to get genuine Windows 10 on computers with oem keys at least on dell is to upgrade. Those some keys do not include oem product keys. Luckily, there is a powerful program available to help: Product Key Finder.
I recently purchased a Windows 8 Dell Inspiron and i've been a victim of a special type of virus that block me from booting windows 8. Look at the sticker that is legally required to be affixed by the laptop manufacturer. It came with a genuine version of Windows 7 pro 32. It will leave stuff be hind. Here is details from the Diag Report: 6. But right now i can't even access anything in windows since i am locked out.
For that, see this tutorial below instead. Notice the line : Starting with the November update, Windows 10 Version 1511 can be activated using some Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8. So if that is the case you will need to purchase a different version for the new build. I haven't had to handle this is a awhile as all servers are under Enterprise licensing, and I don't typically handle workstations. So why the window does not accept my window 8 key and ask me for a new key? When I contacted Microsoft Support, they told me : Windows 10 is a free upgrade. Under settings-Activation there is an error which says Activation failed because this device doesn't have a valid digital entitlement or product key.
If you buy a Windows 8. Could I use my laptops product key to activate windows on my new rig? I would appreciate clarification for the following questions: 1 Which version of Windows should i have or am allowed to downloaded? Just service or actual Windows software? I know my window 8 key cannot be used for any other system because the key is injected in the motherboard and I don't even know the key myself. I may have to do the reboot back at the office in the morning. The problem is the key on the bottom was for Vista32. Have you tried phone activation? I pulled the activation key used 2 separate programs to make sure and re-installed to a 64x version of windows 7 pro. Hi, You can contact Dell and order Recovery Media from them for a small cost. Windows 8 systems from Dell are pre-activated from factory.
I have used this method in the past: 1. In my experience using Dell re-install disks usually the license activates with no issue. I would imagine your machine has a factory recovery partition Most do these days that you will need to use. I know my window 8 key cannot be used for any other system because the key is injected in the motherboard So what can I do now for my Window to be activated again? Starting with Windows 8 the product key is embedded in the motherboard. Or, you will be prompted to type in the right product key.
So if that is the case you will need to purchase a different version for the new build. My computer is now activated and I'm going through the process of upgrading back to 8. This is why there is no immediate record of the key, everything is managed automatically and when it all works properly there is no situation where you would need to know the key. Having a Windows 10 activation issue which I think is specific to Dell laptops. I used both a 3rd party tool and a command line option to retrieve my product key so fairly sure its accurate. It's not from my fleet.
What should I do, contact the guy I bought it from? I got frustrated that I can't get back to windows 8. If you want more help, I suggest you to contact Dell support. It was a full reinstall. Just a shot in the dark here. The tips on product activation should help you with the Windows 8.
I have noticed in two different instances that once you change some hardware, Windows 10 refuses to activate stating Hardware profile blah blah issue. Left over files from a previous install can cause errors. Laptop: Dell Inspiron, came with Windows 8. There is also a portable version available that lets you run and forget it. Look at the sticker that is legally required to be affixed by the laptop manufacturer. Windows 7 has been put on it, but Activation of course fails.