How does windows activation work?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by henryy., Oct 22, 2009.

  1. henryy.

    henryy. MDL Novice

    Sep 7, 2009
    When you buy a new computer now, it will most probably have Windows 7. Dell activate the copy on there with off-line activation? But is you use a program/tool to look for the key on your computer, what will come up? The original OEM key?


    What key does the buyer get? If he needs to reinstall the OS?

    :) thanks.
  2. chavez_pepe

    chavez_pepe MDL Novice

    Oct 22, 2009
    thanks people :)
  3. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

    Nov 14, 2008
    When you buy a retail copy you can activate it up to 5-10 times(Not sure exactly) if you have to reinstall it you will be covered up to 10 times. After that windows will promt you to call a MS automated Phone line where it will ask you questions about your perchace and what not. The fact is the automatic phone method works everytime to get you activated even after you exceed your activation quota. Just do not distribute your key because the activation servers are set up to where if a retail key or MSDN key as so many activations per hour to automatically blacklist that specific key so just use your key for your own benefits NOT OTHERS.
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  4. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    On Dell systems well desktop boxes you get OEM SLP key and a recovery dvd that has key allready in it this key cannot activate online unlike a while back when they would install sytem using SLP OEM key and also gave you an OEM COA key wich you could use to activate online with if you lost your original dvd.
  5. ruban George

    ruban George MDL Novice

    Jul 15, 2009

    Can you help me buy providing more information about windows activation