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    downgrade rights

    This is two fold.

    Can you use a win 7 oem product key that has already been activated on a different computer?

    I know you must call microsoft.

    Dell computers inbed the product key for windows 8 in the bios. How do you exercise your downgrade rights with no COA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    This is two fold.

    Can you use a win 7 oem product key that has already been activated on a different computer?
    No

    Dell computers inbed the product key for windows 8 in the bios. How do you exercise your downgrade rights with no COA?
    Sorry can't help here

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Dell computers inbed the product key for windows 8 in the bios. How do you exercise your downgrade rights with no COA?
    I have spoken to our product support team and they have advised me that all Windows 8 machines we supply have the relevant information in the BIOS for licensing Windows 7 and Windows 8. This should mean that all you have to do to access the downgrade rights would be to request a Windows 7 re-installation (Recovery) CD/DVD from Dell for that model and you will not be asked for a product key (assuming that they do the same).

    Regards

    David

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    ok have failed to activate windows 7. I created a backup using dell backup and restore. It wont restore now it throughs up an error. Is this because the product key has been changed in the bios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    How do you exercise your downgrade rights with no COA?
    Assuming the computer you purchased was downgradable to Windows 7, everything @Ergo said above is correct. Which edition of Windows 7 are you trying to install?


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