1.    26 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 82
    Win 7 Ultimate

    No Win 10 entitlement on Dell PCs COA sticker "Win 7 Pro OA India"

    Unable to get Win 10 entitlement on Dell PCs COA sticker "Win 7 Pro OA India"

    I used an answer XML that didnt work too well and had to remove a few fields from it as WSIM would not validate those fields.

    Now this is the F up.. Not a single of my Genuine Dell machines has gotten activated. Used this method with fresh Win 10 1511 on an SSD..

    Robert5205 May 20, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Well, here's a tip. Stop doing it that way. Do it my way. I've upgraded 250 PCs in less than 2 months part-time.

    1. Get an SSD.
    2. Get a Win10 ISO.
    3. Open PC. Connect SSD.
    4. Do a full install of Win 10 to the SSD. Get your entitlement.
    5. Reconnect original HD.
    6. Repeat with next PC and Goto 3.

    [Edited to clarify that I re-use the SSD for each subsequent PC.

    Also, FYI, that you must do an install of W10, either in-place or clean, to get the entitlement. Simply booting to an existing install of W10 will not do it.

    This is the comprehensive thread where I tested every combination of upgrade/restore:


    And this one shed some more light on this:


    Why is it not working?

    Their has COA sticker Win 7 Pro OA India. Do I need to use a different .ISO for this?
    I used the EN-US as most of my machines come from US, but this org I'm helping has these. .

    Is there a quick shortcut fix?

    Which "flavor" MSDN ISOs do I need to download?
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  2.    26 Jul 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 82
    Win 7 Ultimate

    Thanks for responding but I'm concerned there's something to do with the Dell + MS license on these machines. Please tell me who can get this fixed?

    ------------ Anyways, here are the issues I've faced in detail ---

    So, I was able to get DE rightaway on my US bought SPro 3 + MSDN 1511 x 64 EN-US applied to Separate Partition via DISM with Answer file .xml

    I figured a few hours would do the rest so I committed to get it done using Roberts Steps using an SSD. After an all nighter, I am not happy with the outcome but will post some info for resolution before I crash.

    To answer your question, I just RDP into a Dell with Win 8 > Control Panel > Languages >en-US. I dont have a Win 7 machine on, but I suspect based on my MCT execution on both, it was selecting en-US x32

    Dell Machines - I've got a bunch of Desktops ranging from: Dell Vostro 2xx series to 3902 having "Win 7 Pro OA India" to Win 8 (whose COA sticker I did not see)

    Dell Laptops: Vostro 1014 having "Win 7 Pro OA India" and Vostro 3400

    - Win 7 -

    When I tried to activate, it tried and couldnt connect or had some issues. So I figured maybe if I copy the key from the Win 7 COA Sticker it would help.It did not accept the KEY.

    I had a previously downloaded copy of MCT .ISO - Aug-6-2015

    Did a DISM Apply Image + answer file to partition with the MCT .ISO as per @Chris suggestion, outcome:

    - Default Activation attempt - Nope
    - Enter key - WORSE. It says this key is blocked.
    - Tried it with another Dell machine. Same.

    WTF - Are these some kind of "Second Class Citizen OEM license machines" that Dell + MS has dumped on us?

    - Win 8

    I do have another MCT .ISO (todays date) downloaded as the Sun was rising and will try that, but please tell me what to do as I cant spend another day & night in fruitless pursuit.

    I did not get a chance to try on Win 8 machines but I hope I get a solution from you guys when I wake up.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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