Sergei117 wrote: I've already reinstalled windows once and activated it by internet. Should I remove the sticker from the laptop, as it is basically useless as proof of license in its current state? Microsoft will try to charge you money. If you are unable to do that, then the only option left is purchase a retail version of Windows 7. I want to do a complete restore on my laptop but I cannot locate the written copy of my product key that I recorded and the sticker is too worn to read. Create Dell System Recovery Media You can create recovery media using the DataSafe Local Backup utility. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee.
As an alternative to Belarc Advisor you can also use a tool called. You are basically on your own. All you need to do is fire up a Windows Command Prompt window with administrative purposes. When you see the Dell logo, tap the F8 key until you access the Advanced Boot Options. The times that I have contacted the manufacturer for advice or recovery discs, I met with a brick wall of indifference, or was required to give a product key from a completely useless sticker.
Is there a way I can get the product key from a recovered file? When I try to type it in, it is showing up as invalid. Use F8 key during boot to get into the Advanced Boot Options menu. Eight computers in my home network. I know all about Magic Jellybean Keyfinder and other solutions to find the key from within Windows. It's not easy to replace the product key. As you can see there are several different recovery options for your Dell; some are easy, some are drastic. Well, no offense, but keeping track of your licensing is generally considered something that's up to the end user.
There are no built-in tools in Windows that allow you to do that. The registry value is base24 encoded. The only issue with this particular utility is that some antivirus will detect it as a false positive, because some malware might try to steal your product key. I called microsoft and they said they can't help me. Newer Dell computers, such as the Dell Inspiron 580, will have the DataSafe Local Backup Option in addition to the the tradition method of restoring from an image located in a system recovery disk.
Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site. I know this is old post but for anyone with the same problem Take it to a pc repair shop and ask them to scan the barcode. Send dark chocolates to snapassistant outlook. Soft lead pencil go over faded area gently so you don't tear sticker and my digits appeared. We decided it was a good idea to try a clean reinstall of Win7.
The notebook originally had Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on it. Using the site is easy and fun. Okay everyone, enough with all the suggestions that simply do not work or are just to complicated to execute in order to find your product key. This helps prevent Magical Jelly Bean from installing unwanted bloatware in addition to KeyFinder on your computer. Noel Paton Nil Carborundum Illegitemi Hi Noel Paton, Very thanks for notifying me that and sorry for my mistake. On a laptop, it may be on the bottom of the laptop.
The first link theog gave you in post 3 should help you with recovery discs questions. Thank you, for such an imaginative solution. I, personally, find it hard to understand why Microsoft makes the process to find Windows key so difficult. If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows. You may have to purchase new one. Sixteen computers at my business network. I've been trying to use ProduKey to find the key; however, the file located at.
I think most people never save it, and later learn they need it. This is the license key sticker of my 6 month old! Unless you have a backup of the old drive there's really no way to recover the key after you've formatted the drive. Nowadays, Microsoft has also stopped putting Certificate of Authority stickers on machines, which showed Windows keys. The key on the sticker would not work anyway. Can you guess the letters? Hi, You can use the command to show the detailed information. You will spend an hour chasing your tail and you will get nowhere.
Your personal data should be safe using this method. If you can you should be able to see a seperate drive on your computer. Let me tell you, sometimes it could turn out to be a really frustrating affair. They kindly generated a new key free of charge after approval from their supervisor. If so you're pretty much out of luck. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. I don't think this should have happened to a laptop that hasn't been mistreated and only used on a desk and on my lap.
If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page - there's a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo!. You can copy or note this down somewhere to use it later. Next, select Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency Backup from the System recovery Options and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process. Choose the one that is best for you. The one in the registry and key-viewer application is a red herring. Each time I called the Microsoft Activation line, got to a human being, and explained the situation.