Hello, I bought an used XPS 2720 AIO desktop, and the original owner removed his HDD with his own data.
I just added a mSata SSD drive+3.5" HDD and I installed clean Windows 10 Pro on the SSD drive.
Now I have a watermark that asking from me to activate windows but I don't have any activation code obviously.
what should I do? should I install another Edition of Windows 10?
or maybe should I install fresh Windows 8.1 so my pc will be activated legally? and if so, what edition?
Thanks for anyone who can help! 😁
well click activate, if the PC BIOS has COA license inside BIOS then it actavate instantly.
why wait, just lick it.?
if that fails buy a new key on ebay for 5bucks. (it's a cheap, OEM license with no support but who needs that?
some PCs with W8 COO i the BIOS , do free w10 updates, why not just click the activate button in system folder. CP.
When I click on that - it ask me to type the activation code, which I don't have.
I believe this PC has the W8 key inside the BIOS, but it didn't activate my W10 Pro that I currently have. should I install W8 instead of W10 which is currently installed?
If so - what edition should I install? I have non-activated W10 Pro edition at the moment. THANKS
The previous owner probably/likely had Win 8 (or 10) HOME and that key won't activate Win 10 Pro. So start over and install Win 10 Home and see if that activates...
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I downgrade the windows from 10 Pro to 10 Home - not a fresh install.
It didn't changed a thing. it's still non-activated and won't activate by itself in any method I tried through windows
what is there IDK. but you can run tools to learn that, w8, home? IDK>
you need to learn that or buy a new key, (i find buying key super easy today) 'hint fleabay"
most tools are now obsolete,
try this tool.
run this, tool below, find MSDM , and if present and the key is there, you have BIOS stored key.
The utility is simple enough but serves one important task for Windows 8 OEM computers. As we all know, since Windows 8, the product key is now embedded in BIOS, instead of printed on a sticky note on the physical box, and can be retrieved and activated automatically during the activation process. Ideally, you will never need to be asked for one to activate your computer but it would be save if you can retrieve it from your BIOS and save it on file.
And this utility can just do that for you. Once it’s launched, look for the MSDM line, and highlight it. The embedded key will show up right in front of your eyes.
I have T3610 dell here, here is what I did.
that last link above works.
I run virustotal against and gets 100% no hits.
then run the app, sure , as magic the COA is there.
then extract it to text file and then at MS dot com, look up the prefix rules on COA-'s
the Prefix tells you what it is, be that HOME ,PRO version. etc.
my wild guess, if the w8 home key is there w10 load free w10 home.
home for home.
Thank you very much savvy2!
I tried FirmwareTablesView, and I have 13 rows, but not MSDM (as shown at the picture).
I also tried ProduKey app by Nirsoft and it gave me some serial code that windows didn't accept, I'm not sure.
I know that some eBay codes are available out there, but I want to use the one that came with the PC and will work for 100% in the future.
So, I'm out of ideas right now, as Windows 10 won't get activated and Windows 8 install might be a waist of time...
For your last comment, I'm sorry but I didn't get your instruction(what is COA etc).
ShowKeyPlus worked in this post: https://www.dell.com/community/XPS-Desktops/Windows-8-Product-Key-missing-from-bios/m-p/7390857#M279...
I got it - my PC doe's not have MSDM at all! as PowerShell and FirmwareTablesView said:
also both of ShowKeyPlus and ProduKey has showed me that code: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T which can be found online also. I'm really confused... I tried several solutions that I have found on the web and one of the keys that was there just turn my system to... 10 PRO! but, still without any activation 😕