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DanfZX14
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Dell XPS One 2710 Fresh Install

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I want to do a fresh install of the Operating System with a new SSD I plan to purchase on my 3 year old Dell XPS One 2710. It is my understanding that the Windows OS Authorization key is embedded in the motherboard. I believe it is in the BIOS from what I have read.

My question is if I install a new hard drive and do a clean install from scratch will the Windows OS Authorization key still be valid and work?  Also, would it work if I tried to do a clean install of Windows 10? Thank You!

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Philip_Yip
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Throw the DVD in the trash if its of Windows 8.0 which is at End of Life. A DVD may be rejected by SecureBoot. Also installing Windows 8.0 and then allowing Windows Update to Windows 8.1 will lead to abysmal performance.

Its actually straightforward to do theres just a lot of information about Editions at the start... which often get confused. It seems like you are sure your Edition is Windows 8.1 (Home) however. Have a look at the associated tutorial video also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is6I9B9kjFM&list=PL1RkaknDn7v9wEeh0YXFqOFsrmws-9fYn&index=1

This tutorial video is more direct as it focuses only on Windows 8.x OEM licenses with a UEFI BIOS which apply to your system. It omits any details about Retail licenses and Legacy Hardware. Note the .isos used in the tutorial video are Windows 8.1 with Update 2 and not Windows 8.1 with Update 1 as stated.

Dr Philip Yip
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Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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The key for Win 8.1 and Win 10 is stored in BIOS so it should activate automatically.

If you're installing Win 7 using a Dell Windows Reinstallation disk, it shouldn't ask for a product key. If the system came with Win 7, you should have a sticker with the Win 7 product key somewhere on the PC so if it does ask for the key, you have it on that sticker.

Whatever you do, don't install Win 10 on the XPS 2710...

Dell has not tested this model for compatibility with Win 10 and LOTS of users have had their XPS 2710 crash permanently after installing Win 10. Not exactly clear what gets corrupted -BIOS, video adapter or..? -  but the result is a permanent "black screen of death".

Users have taken steps to fix the problem ranging from installing a new motherboard -if you can find and afford one- and installing Win 7 or 8.1, to reprogramming and/or replacing the BIOS CMOS chip on the motherboard.

Search these forums and you'll find lots of threads about the XPS 2710 and Win 10, and lots of unhappy users...

I don't think Win 10 is worth the risk...

Ron

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   I am not a Dell employee

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Philip_Yip
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Also the promotional Free Windows 10 Upgrade from Windows 7/Windows 8.1 expires tomorrow... So unless you pickup the SSD from a local store today... we don't know what will happen regarding installation of Windows 10 with an unused Windows 8.1 UEFI BIOS SLP key.

Dr Philip Yip
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DanfZX14
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OK got it I will not install windows 10.

So,if my original operating system was windows 8 when it arrived from Dell new and I currently have windows 8.1, because I upgraded when it was available, when I do I fresh install will my computer be capable of loading windows 8.1 with the Windows OS Authorization key I currently have? Or should I plan on loading Windows 8? Thank You!!!

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I believe you should be able to load 8.1 directly, unless Philip says differently...

Ron

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Philip_Yip
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Windows 8 is at End of Life. You need to use Windows 8.1 with Update 2 Installation media (there were flaws in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Update 1 installation media):

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-8-1-retail-and-oem-iso/

Dr Philip Yip
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Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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DanfZX14
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RE: Dell XPS One 2710 Fresh Install

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Wow Phillip, It seems a lot more complicated than I thought it would be.

What would happen if I used the OEM installation CD that I ordered from Dell after I bought my computer? Would that actually work? I know it's Windows 8. Would I be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 afterwards/

Thanks!

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Dell XPS One 2710 Fresh Install

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Throw the DVD in the trash if its of Windows 8.0 which is at End of Life. A DVD may be rejected by SecureBoot. Also installing Windows 8.0 and then allowing Windows Update to Windows 8.1 will lead to abysmal performance.

Its actually straightforward to do theres just a lot of information about Editions at the start... which often get confused. It seems like you are sure your Edition is Windows 8.1 (Home) however. Have a look at the associated tutorial video also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is6I9B9kjFM&list=PL1RkaknDn7v9wEeh0YXFqOFsrmws-9fYn&index=1

This tutorial video is more direct as it focuses only on Windows 8.x OEM licenses with a UEFI BIOS which apply to your system. It omits any details about Retail licenses and Legacy Hardware. Note the .isos used in the tutorial video are Windows 8.1 with Update 2 and not Windows 8.1 with Update 1 as stated.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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DanfZX14
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Phillip & Ron - I want to say thank very, very, very much for your help and your quick responses. Because of you I am up and running in a relatively short period of time. Phil your link for the USB boot stick was spot on & once I realized there was only a very small amount of information I was interested in I was less overwhelmed. Thank you so much for getting me up and running. You have no idea how much I truly appreciate it. I love this XPS one 2710. Best PC I've ever owned!!! Too bad Dell only makes a touch screen versions of the XPS  now because I would consider buying another one only if it did not have a touch screen. Thanks so much!!!!

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Microsoft will support Win 8.1 until 2023 so there's plenty of life left in that version, and hopefully the 2710 will last as long.

I guess you could always turn touch off if you don't like it on some new PC...

Ron

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