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Factory-installed Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers differ from previous versions of Windows. The Product Key for Windows was previously attached as a label on the computer. This key could be referenced for activation if the operating system needed to be reinstalled.
For Windows 8 and Windows 10, the Product Key is "injected" onto the computer motherboard at the factory. Installation and activation of Windows refer to the information in the BIOS of the computer to verify authenticity. Owners of these computers do not need a physical key to input.
Dell computers that are factory-installed with Windows 8 or Windows 10 may carry a logo on the palmrest. This logo verifies that the computer is a Genuine Windows 8 or Windows 10 device and has a Product Key on the motherboard.
For more on specific labels that Microsoft uses on computer hardware, refer to Microsoft's How to Tell website. Click the What to look for tab at the top of the page for images and information
Windows 7 computers have one of two options for Product Keys:
For more information about Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows, see the Microsoft site.
Refer to the following information to resolve issues with Windows activation, such as "Windows is Not Genuine" errors.
16 Mar 2021