I replaced a failed HDD and when installing Win8 from from Dell's Windows 8 Recovery Media disk I get asked for the product key. There is no option to skip the key. Dead in the water.
Posts similar to mine end up with a DELL support asking for a PM of the service tag. I can do that but need to know who to PM.
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Use a Windows 10 RS1 .iso it'll input all Dell OEM UEFI BIOS System Locked Preinstallation keys. See here for details:
This appears to have really saved my day. Thank you so much!
Windows 10 installed just fine and, according to the screenshot below, I believe it got activated. Can you confirm that? It says "Windows ativado", meaning "Windows activated". Just for curiosity, I tried to run one of those Product Key finders and it didn't find the MSDM table in ACPI.