Dell Inspiron 17R with no MSDM table - cannot activate

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  1. mikemelancholic

    mikemelancholic MDL Novice

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 17R that shipped with Windows 8. I did a clean install, using a generic install key. When I run rweverything, it doesn't show an MSDM table. I've tried get_win8key and got the same results. Before I wiped out the original Windows installation, I saved my Windows 8 key using Nuclear Coffee Recover Keys. This key doesn't work for installation or activation for some reason. I spoke with Dell and they FedEx overnighted a Dell OEM Windows 8 DVD. I run the DVD and it asks for a product key, as if it isn't even a Dell. I'm stumped. Any ideas?
     
  2. Tito

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  3. mikemelancholic

    mikemelancholic MDL Novice

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    Strange... the key the Recover Keys saved seems to be invalid.
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    Is there any 'N' character present in the saved key??
     
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    mikemelancholic MDL Novice

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    No 'N' character.
     
  6. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Gotcha!

    Probably you used old version of Nuclear Coffee Recover Keys which was unable to decode 8.x serial. Have you changed the mobo by any chance??
     
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