Dell Inspiron 15 3527: no Windows Certificate of Authenticity on bottom, so no Product Key

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  1. toronto

    toronto Notebook Evangelist

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    Dell Inspiron 15 3527.

    On the bottom of the laptop, there is no Windows Certificate of Authenticity with Product Key. Is that now normal?

    The last time I bought a Dell laptop was two years ago, and it did have the Windows Certificate of Authenticity. Is it normal that Dell laptops now don't have them?

    I want to clean install Windows, so I would need the legit Product Key for this laptop.
     
  2. dg1261

    dg1261 Notebook Geek

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    Did you look inside the battery compartment?
     
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    toronto Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey, you're right! I've never had a laptop that had the sticker inside the battery compartment.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Marecki_clf

    Marecki_clf Homo laptopicus

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    All laptops shipped with Windows 8/8.1 have their license keys embedded in their BIOSes. No need to enter them manually upon OS installation.
     
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    This new laptop came with Windows 7, so entering the Product Key was required after clean install.
     
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    Marecki_clf Homo laptopicus

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    For some reason I was convinced, that the Inspiron 15 came with Windows 8 installed. I stand corrected now, sorry for sounding like a smartass. ;)
    In case of Windows 7, product key indeed needs to be entered upon, or up to 3 days after the OS installation. Battery compartment is usually where laptop manufacturers put the OS product keys.
     
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