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Windows 10 Digital License

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Hi guys, I want to fully format my 2nd hand Dell G7 laptop, including deleting all the partition. The only concern I have is my Windows 10 license. I am unsure whether this will affect my Windows 10 license as a friend of mine told me that upon reformatting, I can delete all the partition except for the System Reserved as this partition holds the activation key for my OS license. I want to know if this is true or not? And if I delete all the partition, what are the possible scenarios that I may experience with the Windows 10 license? Will it be activated again? I've read on some threads that I can link my Microsoft Account to my OS license, but I want to use local login on my laptop and not MS account. I am fully aware that upon deleting all partition, Dell factory image and support will also be deleted. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
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speedstep
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Re: Windows 10 Digital License

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You can't purchase a G7 laptop Bare without an os.

The reserved partition DOES NOT HOLD the activation key.

Your License key is stored in bios. It can't become lost.

Clean install onto new blank drive or old formatted drive will work without incident.

For Older systems you have to use a key from COA or email as its not stored in the bios SLP.

These keys are for install not for activation and they are version specific.

XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH (Windows 8 Pro)
RR3BN-3YY9P-9D7FC-7J4YF-QGJXW (Windows 8 MCE)
FB4WR-32NVD-4RW79-XQFWH-CYQG3 (Windows 8 Home)


XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (Windows 8.1 Pro)
GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT (Windows 8.1 MCE)
334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT (Windows 8.1 Home)


VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T (Windows 10 Pro)
YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 (Windows 10 Home - multi )
BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT (Windows 10 Home - single )


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speedstep
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Re: Windows 10 Digital License

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You can't purchase a G7 laptop Bare without an os.

The reserved partition DOES NOT HOLD the activation key.

Your License key is stored in bios. It can't become lost.

Clean install onto new blank drive or old formatted drive will work without incident.

For Older systems you have to use a key from COA or email as its not stored in the bios SLP.

These keys are for install not for activation and they are version specific.

XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH (Windows 8 Pro)
RR3BN-3YY9P-9D7FC-7J4YF-QGJXW (Windows 8 MCE)
FB4WR-32NVD-4RW79-XQFWH-CYQG3 (Windows 8 Home)


XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (Windows 8.1 Pro)
GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT (Windows 8.1 MCE)
334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT (Windows 8.1 Home)


VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T (Windows 10 Pro)
YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 (Windows 10 Home - multi )
BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT (Windows 10 Home - single )


Report Unresolved Customer Service Issues
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I do not work for Dell. I too am a user.

The forum is primarily user to user, with Dell employees moderating
Contact USA Technical Support






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aajrp
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Re: Windows 10 Digital License

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Thanks for the info speedstep, appreciate it!

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Saltgrass
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Re: Windows 10 Digital License

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I agree that the system will install and activate while online.  You don't need to enter any keys but if you make certain types of component changes on the system it may not reactivate.  Also, time may be needed to reactivate, so give it a couple of days.

You can use the Win 10 Media Creation Tool and create a USB drive with the install media.

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aajrp
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Re: Windows 10 Digital License

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Thank you Saltgrass for the input!
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