1 Copper

Windows 7 key needed as label unreadable

The wrong OS was loaded onto Dell laptop and require Windows 7 Professional key as License key sticker on bottom of laptop is unreadable. As the wrong OS has been loaded by mistake it cannot be recovered from Registry. Please help.

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6 Indium

RE: Windows 7 key needed as label unreadable

The service tags not recognised, what model of Dell is it?

Do you have a Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation DVD?

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7 Plutonium

RE: Windows 7 key needed as label unreadable

If the tag was on the bottom its not a model from 2009 Windows 7.

Systems with windows 7 from 2009 have the Tag in the battery bay where it wont get rubbed off.

The forum is not a source of free windows keys.

If you cant read it you have to buy a new copy of windows.

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1 Copper

RE: Windows 7 key needed as label unreadable

The service tag is recognised on Dell's support web site and I would like to know if there is a way to get the original Windows 7 professional key that was supplied with this laptop and service tag. I am not looking to get a 'free' key as one person responding put it and it is not my fault if the key is supplied in such a way that it gets worn by day-to-day use of an end user and before I personally joined the company.

Yes I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional installation CD.

Any help is appreciated.

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