Can't locate Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit Product key  

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  1. Posts : 9,487
    Mac OS Catalina
       #11

    Berton said:
    Vista doesn't qualify for the free Upgrade and wouldn't directly upgrade but would need to be a clean install.
    How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10 | Windows Central
    Yep, clean install then enter the key.
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  2. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #12

    AppleUser58 said:
    The workstation is old and drivers are not available
    This is probably the key issue here.
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  3. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #13

    AppleUser58 said:
    Hey Gang, I'm on a Dell Forum and the majority of users there are split over upgrading such an old Server Grade Workstation. The workstation is old and drivers are not available. ALSO it just might not be worth it ot upgrade. I plan to salvage it with STAPLES, as they are now taking in all old peripherals to be carted away.
    Yes, it's old. The latest BIOS update for it is from 2008. The latest drivers Dell has for it are for Vista.

    (it may be possible to get it running under Windows 10 X64, but I question the value of it unless you can do it for free. Dual 2 core Xeons aren't hot setups these days.
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  4. Posts : 3,453
       #14

    AppleUser58 said:
    Bro67,

    Question here, Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit, should the key be 20 or 25 numerical digits?

    Is ProductID the same as Product Key?

    Here is what I saw using SHOWKEYPLUS:

    Product Name: Windows 7 Professional

    Version: 7601.24544 (64-bit OS)

    Product ID: XXXX1-14X-XXXX064-XXXX1

    Installed Key: MAK key not available

    OEM Key: Windows Vista OEM marker present in firmware.

    ----

    I was expecting 25 numerical digits & not the second line message of MAK key not available.

    Unsure at this point..
    ShowKeyPlus overwrites the "BBBBB" that represents the MAK key in other key finders, to display an explanatory phrase

    Quote from the ShowKeyPlus OP
    Note

    Should your key display as BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB, it is a placeholder Windows inserts after activating a MAK key. The reason being, these keys can have thousands of activations (for which companies pay huge amounts) and should someone steal one, they could sell that same key to thousands and each will activate as if part of a company network - it's thus a security feature specific to MAK's.

    MAK licences are not supposed to get the free upgrade, but I have seen some that have - so backup Win 7 and try the upgrade - worst case scenario restore Win 7 / purchase a Win 10 key.
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  5. Posts : 32
    XP64 Professional, Windows 7 Ult. Windows 10 Ult
       #15

    Appleuser58 It depends on how old your Dell is? I ended up with a Dell Dimention 4600 with a 2.8ghz processor but it didn't meet the security requirements of the Win10 install. Find out what the specs are of these PC's and you might be in for a pleasant surprise. Get the manufacturers number off the tag to find out exactly what they spec out as.
    As for locating keys I use Magic Jellybean Key Finder which is a free utility that works on everything from XP&prior to even Win10.
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  6. Posts : 653
    10 preview 64bit
       #16

    Hi

    MAK keys were introduced because VLK keys would not work on legacy Bios.


    Roy
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