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I never had to put in a license key on my dell laptop.... when will it ask for the license key?
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post #82 of 111
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Originally Posted by Kyubimark View Post
I never had to put in a license key on my dell laptop.... when will it ask for the license key?
If you use System Recovery to reinstall OS on your laptop you won't need to enter the key, it is already loaded, at least for the great majority of laptops..
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The Dell discs search for Dell hardware and when it finds it, it then just knows (or thinks) it's legit and will put a random key in and it will be fully activated too. If it actually works though, I'm interested to see if it actually completes the installation and says that it is activated?
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post #84 of 111
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Nope, you can't get those dell discs to work on anything but dells.

Also, you can get an OEM version of Win7 for about $130. They used to be $100 but the price went up recently.

EDIT - Also, please watch your language. Edit your post please.
Corky is correct, you can't get a Dell Disk to work on anything but a dell.
post #85 of 111
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The Dell discs search for Dell hardware and when it finds it, it then just knows (or thinks) it's legit and will put a random key in and it will be fully activated too. If it actually works though, I'm interested to see if it actually completes the installation and says that it is activated?
This is correct, it won't let you activate it which is why it won't work.
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just run linux until you get the moneyz

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The retail version of windows 7 costs that much

The OEM version is like 35 to 40% cheaper. It's just illegal to reactivate it after changing motherboards... You should get the OEM windows 7... It's cheaper
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But I can call dell and be all like hey....I need a code. Right?
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I think I made a HUGE mistake. I bought all the pieces to build my computer thinking I could use my old dell OS disk to install it on my build. I just heard that it wont work. Then I thought oh well I guess Ill have to fork out 50 dollars. WINDOWS 7 is 190 dollars!!! What the world, so there is no way to make my dell OS disk work on my build?
Hey here is a site that suppose to be legit i dont know if it is are not this is Windows 7 Ultimate Retail 32 and 64 bit for $105.00.The link is below and Good Luck.
http://www.cowboytechdirect.com/
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But I can call dell and be all like hey....I need a code. Right?
No, they will ask for information off your old dell laptop and when you can't give it to them they won't give it you a code, plus i don't think they will ever do that over the phone.

There is a code on all alienware and dell machines that they associate with your account. My Alienware doesn't have it because it's an actual alienware laptop pre-dell.
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Love the Linux recommendations. HAHAHA.

If you can get windows 7 to atleast install on your computer without using the key you can rearm it for 3 months, which should be enough time until you can buy it. You could also just go buy a cheap motherboard, buy OEM(If the store won't let you have it by itself) and then just return the board unopened.

Another thing to try would be to call up MS and just say the old board died and you had to buy a replacement. They might give you one more activation. This used to work.

Next time make sure Windows is the first thing in your cart. A lot of people forget to budget it when buying parts.
     
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