Just got my new Dell Studio 15 laptop delivered today, and I wasted no time in re-installing Windows 7 64-bit (I hate all the extras that come pre-loaded on laptops). Anyway, before I installed anything I set the laptop up and used a utility to extract the key (since I couldn't see one on the packaging and just in case there wasn't one pre-loaded on the motherboard). After that I put in my W7 DVD and wiped all the partitions so the HDD was totally blank, and proceeded to set up 2 partitions, one for W7, and one for Ubuntu 10.04 (which will get installed later). The installation went fine as expected, and when the wizard asked me for my key I skipped it (since you can put it in later and I'm not sure when the mobo would kick in and tell Windows everything was fine). Once the desktop loaded I noticed that W7 wasn't activated so I put in the key I had extracted earlier, but this comes up with an error.
Does anyone know where I can find a valid key or have any other advice for this situation?
take the battery out and look around in the bay.
so what was the coa sticker on the laptop for? win7, vista, or xp. if you extracted a key for anything other than 7 then no, 7 won't activate. not with that key, anyway.
I installed the same version of Windows that came with the laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The extracted key was the Dell factory key for mass production, not your individual key. You must use the one on the sticker on the bottom of the computer. I hate to tell you this, but you did not need to reinstall windows on a new computer. There is no "junk" that needs to be wiped nowadays. All that's necessary is to uninstall anything you don't want so you preserve all the recovery & diagnostics options. You should read about the new Dell Media Reduction policy. You are lucky you received the dvd for windows.
Thanks for the advice, next time I won't be so hasty! Unfortunately I didn't receive a Windows DVD, it's one I had to install W7 on my desktop, and there isn't a key on the bottom of the laptop. Do Dell just not give you your key anymore? I've been through all the material and can't seem to find a key...
Genius! Thank you, I didn't think to look underneath the battery. Thank you all for your help, it is much appreciated
Thank you!! I spent 3 days trying to get a key for Home Premium! I would've never thought to look there!