Dell no longer provides Vista Product Keys?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Justin, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Justin

    Justin Guest

    So who brokered that deal?
    I have a Studio Laptop I was going to reinstall the OS but can't because
    I have to wait for the owner to get me the Dell DVDs.
    So how does that work? Are the days of clean installations of Windows over?
    Justin, Aug 7, 2009
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  2. Justin

    Bill Daggett Guest

    WTF are you whining about? OEMs have long been providing only a
    recovery partition, or optical recovery media, rather than a standard
    installation disc.

    This is nothing new.
    Bill Daggett, Aug 7, 2009
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  3. Justin

    Justin Guest

    No, jackass. Where is the product key?
    Justin, Aug 7, 2009
  4. Justin

    Camper Guest

    Did you try opening the battery lid?
    Camper, Aug 7, 2009
  5. Justin

    Camper Guest

    Just because you can't bloody find it does not make your subject header
    true! It will be most likely be either on the bottom of the cover for the
    battery or inside the battery case.

    Camper, Aug 7, 2009
  6. Justin

    Gordon Guest

    If it's OEM, should be on the computer casing.
    Gordon, Aug 7, 2009
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    Alpha Guest

    Alpha, Aug 7, 2009
  8. Justin

    Eric Guest

    If it came with the OS already installed and no disks, it most likely has a
    partition for restoring, an option to create disks, and a product key on a
    sticker somewhere on the machine.
    If you buy the OS separate the product key should be in the box with the OS.
    Some PCs still come with disks to install an OS and/or drivers, but for most
    the days of selling PCs with disks is pretty much over. If the OS on your
    disk goes bad you should be able to restore it from the recovery partition.
    If the recovery partition goes bad you better hope you created your own
    disks. I need to burn some myself yet since my new PC didn't come with
    disks. Some give you an option of what disks to create. I checked an old
    HP purchased from Best Buy several years ago and it has an option to burn
    about 11 CDs or 2 DVDs.
    Eric, Aug 7, 2009
  9. Justin

    Justin Guest

    Yeah, only an idiot would want to reinstall Windows the standard way -
    without using OEM specific and spyware infested junk.
    What was I thinking?
    Justin, Aug 7, 2009
  10. Justin

    Justin Guest

    I serviced an HP which was the same way - the Windows key was still on
    the bottom of the machine.
    I broke the law by using a normal Vista DVD and reinstalled using that
    key and didn't bother using the useless restore partition.
    However I did make the DVDs and I keep them handy so when the next
    customer comes in without their DVDs I'll have the apps.
    Justin, Aug 7, 2009
  11. Justin

    Justin Guest

    Its Dell.
    I wonder how much they save by not putting it on the case?
    Justin, Aug 7, 2009
  12. Justin

    Camper Guest

    So did you find the sticker in the battery compartment?

    Camper, Aug 8, 2009
  13. Err <sigh> it's embedded in the Err software, Err. The OEM, Err will
    only work on Dell, Err.
    Spanky de Monkey, ESQ, Aug 8, 2009
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