how can I recover my windows key from an inspiron 2020

October 24, 2015 at 16:14:42
Specs: Windows 8
I recently upgraded to the insider edition of windows 10. Now it won't allow me to upgrade to the full version without my windows 8 key which I don't have.

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#1
October 24, 2015 at 16:38:07
Often this is on the case, or on the cd. Otherwise the legalistic option might be to call window support.

::mike


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#2
October 24, 2015 at 16:41:38
http://rweverything.com/download/

supposedly you can use this program to find the key. It's embedded in the bios on newer dell laptops.


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#3
October 24, 2015 at 18:14:02
Windows support won't help... I have to have the key for them. Dell won't help, I have to purchase an OEM disc to reinstall so I can retrieve the key then upgrade. Rweverything seems too cover everything! Somewhere in there I'm hoping to find the windows key, but for now I'm not sure where to look. Google is my friend.

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#4
October 24, 2015 at 18:23:20
Magical jellybean is able to extract your Windows key from within Windows 8, not sure about 10 though (or even if it is carried over from the original Windows install)

An option could be to go back to factory condition, extracting the key and then performing the upgrade once you have saved a copy of it.

Seems like a long way to go about it, but it should work.


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#5
October 24, 2015 at 18:33:35
It seems that the key I keep recovering isn't right? Slui keeps telling me that one doesn't work. Of course it doesn't say why, just it doesn't work. Thanks. We're still trying.

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#6
October 24, 2015 at 19:23:26
What build of insider edition of windows 10 ?

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#7
October 25, 2015 at 08:15:09
Uninstall the Win10 preview edition, rolling back to Win8. Then try upgrading to the Win10 RTM version.

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#8
October 30, 2015 at 08:41:20
If you roll back to Win 8 you should then be able to recover its key using Magic Jellybean. You have 30 days in which you can go back.

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#9
November 3, 2015 at 16:40:12
So, I guess I'm stuck paying Dell an extra 20 bucks for the privilege of having the key for the OEM windows that came on my computer. The key is magically hidden on my motherboard and the only way to access it is with the original version installed. To do that I've got to buy a disc to do the reinstall. I'm assuming I'll need it for just as long as it takes to install one time, get the key, and never again. I've extracted the current key several times with various tools and SLUI won't take it. Making the key inaccessible is a new Windows feature? Can't wait till I'm no longer able to open my computer without an internet connection.

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#10
November 3, 2015 at 17:18:29
So I assume there is no "roll back" facility.

Maybe you should contact MS, explain your plight and hope they can help.

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#11
November 3, 2015 at 18:14:23
If you have a running windows, does not need to be activated, you can use RWEverything to read the key . http://rweverything.com/

or use linux and program acpidump. But it will not help with the win10 install/activation. The key is not a win10 key but a win 8 key. when you upgrade from 8 to 10, you MUST upgrade not do a clean install.

You can get win 8 from the net but you need to know which win 8 you had. (Pro, Core, single language , ??)

There is a method to install windows on a OEM with the embedded key and let the install retrieve the key.

You can try the method below for win10 pro , but it may not work anymore, it did last week for me. You must follow the instructions on changing the date. http://dellwindowsreinstallationgui...


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#12
November 6, 2015 at 15:36:05
TopFarmer
I'm finding your final link very slow to load - is it OK when you go to it? It varies, worst on IE, best on Chromium, and mediocre on Firefox. There are slight variations in layout between browsers too.

Jeffry
Please excuse the intrusion.

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#13
November 6, 2015 at 16:25:31
Derek -- yes , you are correct. only a guess, it was faster 4 weeks ago but suspect it has to do with the number of user comments. My knowledge of web page loading is zero.

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#14
November 6, 2015 at 17:14:58
TopFarmer
OK thanks - I won't start tearing my computer apart then.

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