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Windows 7 product key confusion

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I bought a new Dell with Windows 7 preinstalled, a couple of weeks ago.  Today, I installed and ran Belarc Advisor ver 8.1h, which is compatible with x64 Win7 (try it; it's cool).

Belarc tells me the OS product key is: 00359-OEM-89.....etc.....(Key: 6RBBT-F8VPQ-Q........etc......) and points out that this is the OEM key, not MY 'real' key, and gives a link where it can be updated:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=45668

So, I go there, and it says to click Start / right-clk Computer / Properties, and at the bottom, where the "validated" OEM key is shown, there should be a link to a place to update the key.  Well, there's no link there on my properties!

If there were a link there, I might enter the wrong key anyway, since on my PC the COA says it's BXRDC-8G36Y....blah, blah, but on the CD Dell included, in case I need to reinstall, the key says: US-OR7XD1-xxxxx-xxx-xxxx.

So, IF I ever find out that I should, and how to, update it, should I use the key on the COA? Is that the one I should keep track of, in case I ever do reinstall from that CD?  Or, would I use the one on the CD to validate a reinstall, and then send MS my first-born to assure them that I didn't steal the whole mess?!!  Wink       

 

---C. W. Smith

OS Name    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
System Model    Studio Slim 540s
System Type    x64-based PC
Processor    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300  @ 2.50GHz, 2499 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date    Dell Inc. 1.1.3, 8/25/2009
Installed Physical Memory (RAM)    8.00 GB

 

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  • Hi

    Your DVD is a Win 7 OEM disk you just use it to reinstall your 7 OS if you ever need it  you do not need to use any other key because the disk is tied to the Dell

    bios and it should never ask for a key to reinstall your 7 OS.

    The OEM key that shows up Properties is the valid key you do not need to update to any other key !

    Good Luck

     

     

    Jerry\c3po5

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  • C3PO5

    Hi

    Your DVD is a Win 7 OEM disk you just use it to reinstall your 7 OS if you ever need it  you do not need to use any other key because the disk is tied to the Dell

    bios and it should never ask for a key to reinstall your 7 OS.

    The OEM key that shows up Properties is the valid key you do not need to update to any other key !

    Good Luck

    Well, alright, Jerry. Thanks. That's simple enough, but I'm still left to wonder why that key is put onto the case on the COA. Never will need it for anything, right?  Is the COA just a throwback to the old days, or what?

     

    ---C. W. Smith

    OS Name    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    System Model    Studio Slim 540s
    System Type    x64-based PC
    Processor    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300  @ 2.50GHz, 2499 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date    Dell Inc. 1.1.3, 8/25/2009
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM)    8.00 GB

     

  • cwaynesmith,

     

    For me to upgrade this computer, Dell sent me a Windows 7 OEM Disk with the product key. I did not enter the product key and after three days, it started asking me for the product key. I used the product key listed on the sleve and I now have mine activated.

     

    If you need to enter the new product key, Windows 7 should ask for it. The older systems would get the product key from the motherboard, so no product key would be needed. 

     

    You can usualy enter a different product key at...

     

    Start, control panel, system.

     

     

    Rick

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  • PudgyOne

    You can usualy enter a different product key at...

    Start, control panel, system.

    Thanks, Rick.  The method you suggest brings up the very same page that I mentioned - Computer/properties, and there's no link, on mine.

    I'm just going to leave well-enough alone, and if it ever asks, I guess I'll answer.

    ---C. W. Smith

    OS Name    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    System Model    Studio Slim 540s
    System Type    x64-based PC
    Processor    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300  @ 2.50GHz, 2499 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date    Dell Inc. 1.1.3, 8/25/2009
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM)    8.00 GB

     

  • Hi

    I do not know to muck about the key and the COA on the computer case but i do know you do not need a key to reinstall the Dell OS on your computer.

    The COA from what i understand it says your computer is entitled to run the 7 OS that came with your computer .

    Maybe someone with a better knowledge of the COA sticker can help out here.  

    Good Luck

     

    Jerry\c3po5

    XPS 430 Ram 8 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit  

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    Dimension 8400 Ram 4 gigs Retail  Vista Ultimate 64 bit

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    Dimension E 512 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Inspiron 1501 Ram 4 gigs Dell OEM Vista Ultimate 64 bit

    Retail Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Full version on drive 2

  • C3PO5,

     

    I think the computers that were offered the upgrade have a Vista Product Key so since they're upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, a new product key is needed to activate Windows 7. If the computer came with Windows 7 it most likely has the product key on the motherboard, like Dell always does.

     

    As long as he doesn't get the message about the operation system might not be genuine, then he doesn't have to worry about it.

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!