Can't think of how to word title. Feel free to change. - - - - - - - I've spent SO long on the phone/email to Dell & Microsoft, you'd think we were curing AIDS. Dell shipped machines with Win8, and Win8 discs. Not 7 and/or preinstalled, as I purchased. I ditched it anyway, and installed 7 from Microsoft image, USB key. At no step has Win7 accepted Win8 keys (fair-enough). I pushed-on, installed everything, updates, profiles, mapped drives... everything. Microsoft tech support doesn't like the keys, no matter what. Speak To Dell, they insist. CANNOT activate 7 with these keys. They're not downgradable keys. So Dell sent Win7 discs, and said "install with them, no license/key required" That's it?? These are all legit corp machines, but I can't start everything from scratch. Can I "fix" the activation problem without a trace? The owner will only sign-off if "It Never Happened".