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question about licence sticker issue


since long time I have not bought laptop. I decided to buy one after my previous laptop has got serious failures. I bought a dell inspiron 5555 with windows 8.1 preinstalled on it and activated.

in my previous laptop , there was a windows vista home licence stuck on its back, but this new one from dell, has nothing with it at all. I saw people here talking about battery side, but I opened the battery I found nothing.

I have now 2 questions

1-in the preinstalled versions of windows, is this normal not to have a licence sticker??

2- if somewhere I am asked to show that this laptop has a legal copy of windows, how can I do this without a sticker?

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RE: question about licence sticker issue


Up until Windows 7, the system would carry Microsoft Authentication sticker.

However, from Windows 8.1 onwards, Windows licensing is managed with Digital Product Key by Microsoft, which means, the product key is digitally injected onto the motherboard. This is for all OEM systems.

Read more here -

If you still need to know the product key - see this article -

Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name and Email) for case records.

Let us know if you have any other queries.

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RE: question about licence sticker issue

The Product Key is embedded in the UEFI BIOS. See here for details: 

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