Lost Dell Reinstallation CD Product Key...

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Lost Dell Reinstallation CD Product Key...

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Hello,

I'm in the process of activating windows on my Dell PC... I'm using the installation CD that came with it... Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition including Service Pack 2... However, I can't find my product activation key that came with it. The sticker that was once on my PC had come off over time and I do not have my paperwork that came with the PC anymore as well. The reason that I had to use the CD is because I had to totally replace the hard drive... So, there is no chance of retrieving any product key info from there... My question is if there is any way that I can request another product key from Dell or what other options do I have. I have tried several Key generators... However, they were unsuccessful... Any helpful information would be greatly appreciated... Thank you for your time in reading this...

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  • Just install with the Dell reinstallation CD. You won't have a problem.

     

     

    my Dells:
    Optiplex 3020 - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
    Precision M6300 - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Precision M6300 - Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa / Ubuntu 12.04.5 dual-boot
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3

  • Unless the service tag is absent from the BIOS, Dell OEM factoryy Windows media will never ever need a COA/ activation key. It uses what is called SLP:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Locked_Preinstallation

    The COA you have is a legal "placeholder" and per Microsoft design is not usable to activate Windows.

    There are only a few scenarios where the Dell flavor will not SLP install:

    1) Service tag is wrong or absent from the BIOS

    2) BIOS is not up to date, which means the SLIC entry for SLP is absent

    3) Parallel install with a retail version

    4) Sometimes caused by Windows security updates

  • Hello,

    I'm in the process of activating windows on my Dell PC... I'm using the installation CD that came with it... Microsoft Windows XP professional including Service Pack 2... However, I can't find my product activation key that came with it. The sticker that was once on my PC had come off over time and I do not have my paperwork that came with the PC anymore as well. The reason that I had to use the CD is because I had to totally replace the hard drive... So, there is no chance of retrieving any product key info from there... My question is if there is any way that I can request another product key from Dell or what other options do I have. I have tried several Key generators... However, they were unsuccessful... Any helpful information would be greatly appreciated... Thank you for your time in reading this...