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    Default Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    XPS 15 with Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)

    Ran Belarc Advisor, which can discover the Windows Product Key. However, the product key reported by Belarc Advisor is different from the product key found on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker on the laptop bottom.

    What does this mis-match mean? Which one is correct, in case I ever need to clean install Windows?

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    It`s normal Belarc Advisor is just showing the pre-activated key which will be the same on all XPS15 notebooks , It because all hdd`s are copied from a master so they have the same key.

    The one on the bottom is your actual licence key, if you ever need to do a clean install.
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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    I am guessing, when they manufacture laptops, they won't install or configure Windows individually for each laptop, they just copy the same things to hard drives of the whole batch of laptops. In this case, they may have used a different way to activate them.

    The key on the sticker under the laptop should be used if you reinstall Windows by yourself.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong.

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    If you ever want to do a clean install , you can use the pre-activated key , just use a program like ABR to backup the key, then install windows and use ABR to re-install the key, no activation required, and the key on the bottom of you laptop will not be touched if you ever want to sell it.

    Use the beta version for Windows 7

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinderbox (UK) View Post
    If you ever want to do a clean install , you can use the pre-activated key , just use a program like ABR to backup the key, then install windows and use ABR to re-install the key, no activation required, and the key on the bottom of you laptop will not be touched if you ever want to sell it.

    Use the beta version for Windows 7

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    Hi:

    Would I need to use that ABR software? Couldn't I just type in the the pre-activated key during the install process when Windows asks for a key? I know the pre-activated key, since Belarc Advisor shows it

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    Quote Originally Posted by toronto View Post
    Hi:

    Would I need to use that ABR software? Couldn't I just type in the the pre-activated key during the install process when Windows asks for a key? I know the pre-activated key, since Belarc Advisor shows it
    There is more to it than the key itself, there are three components to authenticate an OEM install of 7 if i recall correctly. There is a certificate, the key and something else i forgot. Note that i haven't looked into that info in a while so i could be wrong, but i doubt just inputing the OEM's master key will work.

    Using the key on the bottom of your notebook will require you to call MS to have it activated.
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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    I just use ABR, never tried the pre-activated key manually.

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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinderbox (UK) View Post
    I just use ABR, never tried the pre-activated key manually.

    John.
    Same here, i know ABR, Advanced Token Manager as well as the key on the sticker work, but that's about it. ABR is ridiculously easy to use, so you might as well take advantage of it. It will less time than writing down the key.
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    Default Re: Windows Product Key: Belarc Advisor and sticker says another

    Just make sure you use ABR Beta for Windows 7

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