Dell Activation Patch

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by icewater, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    Dell has a patch (.exe file) for activating Windows 7 on earlier model Latitude laptops. You install W7 and then run the patch, its totally legit from Dell. Does anyone know what this does exactly? Is it modding the BIOS?
     
  2. Hazar

    Hazar MDL Guru

    Jul 29, 2009
    2,523
    452
    90
    It probably installs a BIOS update for SLIC 2.1, and then installs a cert + OEM SLP key. Or it just adds cert + key to existing DELL slic.
     
  3. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    Cool, thanks for the info.
     
  4. brainwave

    brainwave MDL Novice

    Jul 31, 2009
    32
    2
    0
    Where can we find this patch.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. Hayden

    Hayden MDL Novice

    Aug 15, 2009
    6
    0
    0
    Interesting news.
     
  6. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    394
    8
    10
    +1

    I don't think it is a patch just a Bios update.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

    May 5, 2007
    861
    75
    30
    Dell doesn't call those activation patches, in the past they just call those bios updates and list windows 7 compatability as a new feature of the bios... at least in the past.. I would be interested in seeing a link to this app as well
     
  8. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    I will have it this afternoon. Along with a Dell W7 disk.
     
  9. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    All the latest Dell BIOS' don't say anything about W7 compatibility and they came out long before W7. I'm guessing this is like an unreleased BIOS update.
     
  10. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    394
    8
    10
    Wrong they have some bios updates that came out around the release date of Windows 7.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  11. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    Not for the Latitude D620/D630 that this patch is for.
     
  12. Richard60

    Richard60 MDL Novice

    Jan 24, 2009
    15
    0
    0
    Cool. Is it a 32 or 64 bit disk? And can you post the hash or md5 code please?
     
  13. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    394
    8
    10
    That is correct. I was going on the fact that you did not specify the model.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  14. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    Ya, I can do that once I get it. I also have a Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disc. They may actually be the same discs. Guess we'll find out. :)
     
  15. icewater

    icewater MDL Novice

    Dec 3, 2009
    34
    0
    0
    I see. Once I have the "patch" i think it will be obvious if it is actually a BIOS update. I have a few latitudes to test this on too.
     
  16. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

    May 5, 2007
    861
    75
    30
    Oh, was the D620 ever sold with the free Win7 upgrade? It is a pretty old system to have come with that... about as old as the Inspiron 6400, as a matter of fact, same chipset.... I believe it was once sold with XP...
     
  17. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    394
    8
    10
    This laptop was made in the day of XP and was not available for the free Windows 7 upgrade.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  18. shakeyplace

    shakeyplace MDL Addicted

    May 5, 2007
    861
    75
    30
    #18 shakeyplace, Dec 3, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
    right, that is what I am saying, so why would they have a bios update for that then, wouldn't make sense.. maybe for the D630 though... I don't know when they stopped selling those but it is a 2 year old system as well, maybe they just link to our bios mods? lol
     
  19. Hazar

    Hazar MDL Guru

    Jul 29, 2009
    2,523
    452
    90
    Certainly is strange. I have also yet to hear of any OEM activation app. If such a thing exists it is probably for SLIC 2.1 DELL bioses or something, just to install cert + key. But an "OEM activator app" is something I have yet to see.
     
  20. Hayden

    Hayden MDL Novice

    Aug 15, 2009
    6
    0
    0
    Any chance that Latitude D820 was included in that patch ur talkin about icewater ?