In that case, why Home Basic? Big Green Man wrote: Joe815 wrote: Let me back up and explain our situation a little better. They should ask for keys or receipts as your proof of license. Joe815 wrote: Let me back up and explain our situation a little better. But now I read this and wonder if Dell is simply trying to cover its butt because of the user complaints. Fortunately, there are easy commands to get the serial number right from the command line in both Windows and Linux. We need to find out what the key is that Dell originally assigned to the laptop. The key you extracted was probably Dell's volume-license key, which won't install with media.
I have not bought a new system that came pre-installed with Windows 8. I guess secure boot pretty much has married the machine to the media in a more sophisticated way and Microsoft has dropped the requirement for the sticker. This runs outside of Windows and checks the hardware on the system. This includes asking for us to link to your subreddit, forum, bulletin board, newsgroup, Facebook page, whatever. I really don't know, but I don't totally trust everything Dell tells me. Please be as specific as possible.
Blog spam, link spam, referral spam, joke posts and responses, memes, novelty accounts, trolling, unethical behavior, and personal insults will not be tolerated. That won't help you if your hard drive is dead. Currently the machine has Win 7 on it, so I can't use key finder to get the product key to take it back to Vista. We need to find out what the key is that Dell originally assigned to the laptop. The people in the thread that I referenced were talking about Dells. The key on this label will probably work with Microsoft's vanilla media, and if you have to call in, should work fine there, as well.
But that was the main reason I have done this. Why have you contacted this forum rather than your friend? So, back to the Dell site, found the relevant help page, and it said that anyone who gets that message has to buy a new licence from Microsoft. Its also used to check your warranty status. We need to find out what the key is that Dell originally assigned to the laptop. Its not always as visible as in the Dell optiplex above. I hope that doesn't change. For this reason I'm finding it's sometimes less effort to simply scrub bloatware and clean the box up -vs- trying to find some obscure touchpad driver or wi-fi add-on that only came from the factory.
The situation isn't remotely as problematic as you make it out to be. I wonder if this has anything to do with my troubles? Armed with the probable solution, I now had the right search terms and confirmed online, owners of Dell 15R and some other laptops were finding the Windows label in the battery compartment. If on the very slim chance it did not come with Windows, you will know so you can buy a legal copy. Dell Optiplex 380 service tag How to find a dell service tag The location of the dell service tag sticker varies with devices. Joe815 wrote: Let me back up and explain our situation a little better.
That used to be the key for system recovery on Dells if I remember correctly. During reboot it says 'a disk read error occurred press ctrl + alt + del to restart' The technician at the computer repair center said that the hard drive may need to be replaced. The methods above may also work on your powerdge 840 server or any server depending on the system and configuration. Let us know in the comments sessions of what we missed. This also works remotely but you need to have the administrator password.
They should ask for keys or receipts as your proof of license. When ever your , for example make sure your have the service tag as you be asked for it. Do everything you can to reduce the effort of the wonderful folks offering to help you. Want to pay it forward? The reason I say that is if you take a look at the discussions in this thread » New Laptops that come pre-installed with Windows 8 no longer have the License Key sticker on the outside of them. Was Windows 8 provided with the machine? Part two and maybe I should start a new thread? Obviously neither Dell nor Microsoft is helping. Finding the service tag is not hard. I wonder if this is true.
What Dell did has always been extremely convenient. Sort by: or Check out our , all guides are compiled by our Trusted Techs. So I'm not not sure I have them all or the right ones. I might be able to return the computer to Amazon based on the argument that it was defective or didn't include everything listed. It will update the plugins automatically — just make sure it is not running. Bought a 2nd hand Dell Vostro 1700 with recovery disk pre-loaded Vista.