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Will I need a Windows key for a factory restore?

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August 9, 2012 8:37:46 PM

Want to factory restore a used laptop my brother bought, will it need a Windows key if I do the factory restore?

I am wanting to use the built in factory restore (comes up when I push F8 at startup and choose to repair)


I'd also like to include that it didn't come with the Windows key that's usually at the bottom.

What are the options I have?
a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 9:19:10 PM

You shouldn't if this is an OEM system, but the fact that it didn't come with the product key sticker is very suspect. Basically you are required to affix that to the outside of the unit as part of the reseller program, and it should go with the unit no matter what. So it's possible the person your brother bought this laptop off of is trying to pull some kind of scam, and it might be worth reporting it to Microsoft's piracy line.
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August 9, 2012 9:34:12 PM

It's a Dell system, so I should be okay if I restore it right?

As for the piracy thing, I've read that the key sometimes comes in the box, and the person my brother bought it from said they threw away the box.
I'm sure there's no scam going on.
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 9:56:11 PM

If u do factory restore, u need to activate as it erases the drive's content.
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 10:05:32 PM

Actually on a dell you don't always have to activate on a restore because its tied to the board,but a clean install yes.
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August 9, 2012 10:08:06 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Actually on a dell you don't always have to activate on a restore because its tied to the board,but a clean install yes.



Thank you, time to restore this baby!
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August 9, 2012 10:10:56 PM

Let me just make sure for future reference,

Factory restore = No Key required

Clean Install off of another image = Key required

Correct?
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 10:13:32 PM

Factory restore Dell = No Key required < most of the time

Clean Install off of another image = Key required < all of the time
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August 9, 2012 10:17:32 PM

Wish me luck then, I deleted a virus the PC had, and can't get into the Home screen.

Restore is the best option perhaps.
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 10:19:23 PM

If it's a factory restore image or partition you should be fine.
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August 9, 2012 10:39:53 PM

Sweet!

Didn't ask for a key, thanks for your help!
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August 9, 2012 10:40:09 PM

Best answer selected by The Halo Don.
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 11:47:20 PM

Your welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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a b D Laptop
August 9, 2012 11:49:37 PM

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