I have a backup on an external and also a new hdd. But I cant boot to it. Should I buy a restore/repair disk or a new windows disk? I dont have the original product key.
What exact model do you have and what version of Windows are you trying to install?
Why is the Windows CoA key sticker not on the back of the machine?
Are you the original owner?
A desktop case w/an original Alien mthrbrd, the alien-logo factory OEM 7 Sp1 DVD installs activated w/out need for a product key, typical source for new/used is eBay (when available, $10-$40 typical) or try AlienAddict's (virus-free exact copy of OEM DVD) Mega download
DVD no longer sold through Dell, u can call/chat them if they still sell it on USB
Most people burn Addict's (or M$) copy to DVD to get up & running & then decide what to do later
It's been a while since I reinstalled 7 which needed update scan patches to work, see this if need be or try google search for latest info > Post-install how to fix update scan
edit: "I dont mind getting a new key I just need to know what to buy / all I see is the manufaturers sticker"
7 product key label is inboard, see photo ... Windows 8.x PCs did not get a rear label, the product key is digitally tattooed into the Bios chip
If you have (or buy) the OEM Alien-logo DVD & have an original alien mthrbrd, ALL versions of 7 install activated (Home Pro Ultimate), you do not need a product key for any of these three versions, u just need the OEM DVD (example: desktop was originally sold w/ W7 Home > if u purchase a Pro or Ulimate OEM DVD, both will install activated, by design)(you're free to purchase & install Home Pro or Ultimate)
Alienware Multi-Language OEM Reinstall DVD Part#'s to look for:
7HP DRGYF >< 7HP SP1 T8R68 >< 7Pro SP1 0KK7H >< 7Ult SP1 W2X98
Only Alien Logo DVDs install already pre-activated onto an alien mthrbrd (& your 7 install will upgrade to W10 as normal / til time runs out)
If you have (or buy) the OEM Alien-logo DVD & have an original alien mthrbrd,
ALL versions of Alienware OEM Windows-7 install and activate (Home, Pro, Ultimate),
you do not need a product key for any of these three versions, u just need the OEM DVD
Read that carefully @jmaan .
Pretty sure Pro and Ultimate will still (just barely) qualify of free Windows-10 Pro 64-bit upgrade.
Holy cows! I found the key its there! Awesome. Now what do I just find the oem disk somewhere? Do I have to update to win 10? I would rather keep 7, but anyway thank you guys so much.