How to Activate Windows 7 [Free Windows 7 Product Keys]
If the computer is OEM or brand-name then there's a good chance that you'd be able to create an installation ISO that is tied to some OEM codes in the BIOS that define what windows license the computer had when it left the factory.
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Could you clarify the above? I got gifted an HP Pro 3500 that comes with Windows 7 Pro and "upgradable" to Windows 8.1 Pro. Both SLIC2.1 and the Win8.1 key are embedded in the BIOS' MSDM. I considered for giggles installing the 8.1 and activating it but I refuse to clobber it. I did, however, install it but not activate it (did it offline - first time I fiddled with Win8 and yeesh!).
I got Windows 8.1 Pro working on my computer. I had to install the drivers for the NETGEAR WNDA3100v3 N600 USB adapter first and then when the drivers were loaded, Windows 8.1 was automatically activated!
The output of the multiple monitors are displayed on the host in multiple VM windows which are running side by side. However, in full screen and seamless mode, they use the available physical monitors attached to the host. As a result, for full screen and seamless modes to work with multiple monitors, you will need at least as many physical monitors as you have virtual monitors configured, or Oracle VM VirtualBox will report an error.
Be careful with USB devices that are currently in use on the host. For example, if you allow your guest to connect to your USB hard disk that is currently mounted on the host, when the guest is activated, it will be disconnected from the host without a proper shutdown. This may cause data loss.
This guide is obsolete. An up to date guide which covers downloading Windows 7 Installation Media, slipstreaming updates and drivers, creating a Bootable USB and Clean Installing with OEM System Locked Preinstallation is available here:if(typeof ez_ad_units != 'undefined')ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'dellwindowsreinstallationguide_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_0',131,'0','0']);__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-dellwindowsreinstallationguide_com-medrectangle-3-0');
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You should only input a Product Key at this stage if your License is Retail Full, otherwise select Skip for OEM Licenses and Retail Upgrade Licenses. Note this screen will not show at all if using Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation Media. Installation without a Product Key will give a 30 Day Trial (we only need about 30 mins of this trial before we go ahead and activate Windows).
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If you have used OEM Reinstallation Media on an OEM System e.g. the Dell Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation ISO or DVD on an eligible Dell System, Windows 7 should be activated offline automatically using OEM System Locked Preinstallation.
If you have used Retail Installation Media with a Retail Upgrade Only Product Key then you may have activation issues after performing a clean installation. You should activate by the Command Prompt instead.
I am a dell using costomer if any one help my problem my laptop inspiron 1545 i go to my restall my windows7 system he is not done my laptop is telling me boot manager is missing and i go in repair ways but not resolve and will chek my system setup utility cd or dvd disc is break and damage in bad condisition how i do my setup file in copy cd or dvd and iam a first time in dellsupport site we are confuse how i go my servicetags no is cdqm4bs so plz help me 10 days i am not use my laptop give me my download links
Many thanks for the great work you do here. It is extremely helpful. I really appreciate what you do here Philip. I can see how bad the Dell support is according to the things I have learned here. I bought a Dell Inspiron 15 5559 i5-6200u laptop with Ubuntu pre-installed couple of days ago. I installed windows 7 following your guide here, adjusting the BIOS as you instructed here, from a bootable DVD I already had. It is not downloaded from links of this site (the .iso). I cannot remember where I downloaded that ISO exactly. I had it for some time with me. That ISO contains this file name "en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332". I can remember that the site where I downloaded it say it is an untouched iso.
So I installed windows from the dvd and skipped the activation part & the windows got installed without any problem. But when I tried to activate windows with Windows Loader by Daz v2.2.1 & v2.2.2 both gave me messages that keys have been successfully installed and to restart. When I restart windows comes to the loading point and crashes giving a blue screen. I re-installed windows from the same dvd & also tried to activate with the ABR Program. Even though the command prompt looked like it did the trick, after restart windows is still not activated. Tried to activate 2-3 times. No fruition. Activate period only 3 days remaining. Thank god the ABR program did not crash windows.
Since the above installation failed to activate I have downloaded "Dell Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1 USB3.0 OEM Reinstallation.iso" you have provided in another guide on this site. Now I have a windows 7 usb 3.0 ISO & a usb 3.0 pendrive.
The Dell Windows 7 OEM System Locked Preinstallation from a Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation DVD or ABR program will not work on your Dell as the system is not shipped with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1/10 Pro. The UEFI BIOS therefore doesn't contain the markers and won't activate.
Although after activating Windows 10, you no longer have to provide a product key for reinstallation on the same computer. Once the new installation completes, the system will automatically reactivate when it connects to the internet.
If you have to set up an installation on a computer that never had an activated version of Windows 10, or you plan to upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you will have to purchase a valid license from the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab), Amazon, or another retailer.
However in attempting to boot from the usb I find myself blocked. I click F2 on the load and it shows only one boot option, windows on the hard drive. I am using a Dell Inspiron. So I click on the reset options button and up pops a nice list of options with USB first. So I click on USB, enter the three lines of information including a reference to the live Ubunta USB flash drive I intend to use, and up pops a single line containing the USB directive at the end of the line, but at the beginning is the hard drive again. They are together as single choice. Clicking on F12 during startup shows a boot list with only one option, the hard drive. So I am guessing that whatever file contains the boot options has been maliciously altered. I have been researching the above and must say the situation is complex.