jljunk
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Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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My HDD started failing and I managed to get my data off it.

I've installed an SSD and reinstalled windows from a fresh copy as I cannot create recovery media from the old HDD as the recovery partition is damaged.

The Win 7 installed worked mostly using the OEM key but I keep getting windows warning about it not being genuine Windows 7.

I contacted Microsoft but they say I need to contact DELL to get a key to "activate" Windows properly.

Can someone help - I am in UK so apparently I cannot use the DELL US option of getting recovery disks in the post.

Thanks John

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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If you can boot into the Windows installation of the old harddrive. Run ABRbeta.exe as instructed in my Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/t/19480753.aspx

This will allow you to backup your Dell OEM Windows 7 Activation from your old installation and to restore it in your new installation.

Pay in particular attention to Step 1c and Step 11b which mention use of this utility.

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

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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Re: Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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Hi jljunk,

Please share the system model. Also, I hope you have installed the same version of the Windows 7 which was shipped along the system, because if not then the key printed on the system will not activate the Windows.

Please reply with the information, will take it further from there.

Thanks & Regards
Saharsh K
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Philip_Yip
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Re: Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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If you can boot into the Windows installation of the old harddrive. Run ABRbeta.exe as instructed in my Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/t/19480753.aspx

This will allow you to backup your Dell OEM Windows 7 Activation from your old installation and to restore it in your new installation.

Pay in particular attention to Step 1c and Step 11b which mention use of this utility.

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

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
jljunk
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Re: Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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Thanks - loads.

Worked brilliantly!

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Reinstall Win 7 after HDD failure need activation key

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Thanks - loads.

Worked brilliantly!

Great glad to help.

Note I am from the UK also and really unsatisfied with how difficult it is to obtain a Windows 7 Reinstallation DVD. The situation has got worse for Windows 8 because Microsoft have not provided a .iso if, you agree add your vote to the IdeaStorm here which suggests Dell should address the issue: http://www.ideastorm.com/idea2ReadIdea?Id=087700000008mnRAAQ&v=1369477976516 (unfortunately IdeaStorm has a separate login from the rest of the Dell Community but Dell are more likely to address issues on IdeaStorm which have a large number of votes).

Also this poll here http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/4677/p/19476992/20233076.aspx#20233076.

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

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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