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    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    I suggest when attempting to reinstall Win 10 that you create a clean copy on another PC using the MS media creation tool.

    I have difficulty imagining what you would get from Amazon as Win 10 with no supposed license. I wouldn't put much trust in that and you say you are having difficulty with it.
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  2. Posts : 3,745

    One way is to reinstall using the dell recovery media if - the recov media is win7 , then do the gatherosstate dance.
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  3. Posts : 17,585
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install

    Hello @LeeRex,

    SIW2 said:
    One way is to reinstall using the dell win7 recovery media then do the gatherosstate dance.

    There might be some useful information below that might help . . .

     Clean Install [ Upgrade ] Win 10 WITHOUT Upgrading FIRST

    This is the most simplest and straightforward method to directly Upgrade to Win 10 WITHOUT having to Upgrade FIRST.
    This method uses the Clean Install process and GatherOSState for the License information.


    • For GatherOSState to work correctly, the OS MUST be Activated.
    • Copy the gatherosstate.exe file to the Desktop.
    • Right-click the file and select Run as Administrator [ It creates a file named GenuineTicket.xml ].
    • Copy the file to a USB <<< CRITICAL >>>.
    • During the installation, do NOT check for Windows Update.
    • During the installation, do NOT connect to the Internet.
    • When asked for the Product Key, ckick SKIP.
    • Once the installation is complete, Copy the GenuineTicket.xml from the USB to . . .

    • Restart.
    • Check the Activation status.


    > GatherOSState.exe Provides Win10 License Info for Clean Install - Win10Guru

    Upgrade Overview:

    > How to Clean Install Windows 10 Directly Without Upgrade First using GatherOSState - GHacks

    Upgrade Tutorial:

    > How to Directly Clean Install Windows 10 Without having to Upgrade First - TenForums

    I hope this helps.
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  4. Posts : 3,745

    I am not sure it came with win7. Dell didn't usually supply win7 with intel 7th gen and newer. It was supplied with the optiplex 50 range which I think could use either 6th or 7th gen.

    Did the alienware come with a recovery partition, and if so, is it still there?

    They usually provide recovery media for 5 years via the "cloud recovery" download program

    Did you try entering your service tag in the dell "cloud recovery" download tool
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    SIW2 said:
    I am not sure it came with win7....

    ...Did you try entering your service tag in the dell "cloud recovery" download tool
    No, the only drivers available on the Dell support site for the Alienware Aurora R7 are for Windows 10.

    Being supplied with Dell OEM Win10, then the Win10 key will be embedded in the bios firmware. A clean install with Win10 install media downloaded from Microsoft will find and use this key.

    An alternative source for downloading recovery ISOs direct Dell is the Heidoc tool. That shows the only ISO available for the Alienware Aurora R7 is for Win10 Pro x64

    Recover Win 10 product key-image.png

    On Ballance, I'd go for a clean install with the MS install media, avoiding the bloatware that comes with the OEM recovery. That's what I've done for all my Dells.
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  6. Posts : 3,745

    C110FA08_W10x64ROW_pro.iso is more recent.
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  7. Posts : 28,389
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Maybe, Heidoc did offer several other W10 Pro ISOs for the R7, that was just the first example I found. I'd still prefer a clean install without all the OEM bloatware though
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  8. Posts : 3,745

    Depends. Vanilla win10 doesn't install easily from boot media onto the latest hp and dell machines. Probably be ok with the op machine though because it is not that new.
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    Another thing to remember is that many PC's from the old days were built for Win 8 but shipped with Win 7 ('cause nobody liked Win 8) - they still have Win 8 keys in the firmware. You many be one of those lucky ones.
    As others have said, run ShowKeyPlus to check the firmware - if it was indeed a Win 7 PC it will have that marker.
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  10. Posts : 14,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.2965

    Try3 said:
    I believe that your computer came with Windows 7 and that you
    1 upgraded from your installed Windows 7
    2 wiped the computer then installed Windows 10.

    Case 1 - Your computer will be activated with a digital licence and Windows will activate after the upgrade or any subsequent re-installation without any product key being needed [you just skip that dialog during the installation procedure].

    Case 2 - This, I think, is your situation. You need to use one of two specific procedures to allow initial Windows 10 activation of a previously-activated Windows 7 computer.
    2.1 Restore a Windows 7 system image to your computer [or reinstall Windows 7 then activate it***] repeat the Windows 10 clean installation using this tutorial
    Directly Clean Install Windows 10 without having to Upgrade First - TenForumsTutorials
    2.2 Restore a Windows 7 system image to your computer [or reinstall Windows 7 then activate it***] and upgrade to Windows 10 from there
    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 - TenForumsTutorials
    *** If you choose to reinstall Windows 7 it ought to re-activate automatically. If it does not then you can use the Product key sticker [the "Certificate of authenticity"] on your computer.
    Try3 said:
    So was I right in post #7 that your computer came with Windows 7 & that it was activated?
    If so, which of the two cases applied to your Windows 10?

    I really do think that it will help others to help you if you respond to my questions. People are currently having to shoot in the dark.
    - Did it come with Windows 7 & was that activated?
    - Did you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10?
    - Did you not upgrade but merely wipe your OS drive?

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