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nomagination
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Windows 8.1 won't activate after system recovery with Dell Recovery USB

The hard drive on my Inspiron 3521 laptop recently failed and I had to replace it.  I ordered the recovery USB from Dell.  I was able to restore Windows, but it will not activate.  This is preventing me from upgrading to Win10.  I get the following error message on the windows activation screen:

Error code: 0xC004C003

Activation server has determined that the specified product key has been blocked.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Windows 8.1 won't activate after system recovery with Dell Recovery USB

Try to Clean Reinstall Windows 8.1, see here:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-microsoft-windows-and-office/download-microsoft-w...

Let me know if it activates from a direct Clean Reinstall.

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

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