I bought a new laptop and in setting it up I thought I would install Magicial Jelly Bean to get the product ID of the computer. I did have the product ID which was printed on a label on the bottom of the unit. Magicial Jelly Bean gave me a different product ID from the one I had. So I am wondering why is it different?
Dell XPS 420. Win 7 Home. 2.5G Intel Core 2 Quad.
200G Samsung HDD.4G Ram.Acer 23 inch monitor.
Sony external floppy Dr. Verizon FIOS.
This is normal for basically all OEM machines. What is shown here is the universal OEM that was used to preactivate your machine in order to spare you the trouble of activating windows. Don't worry, the key on your sticker will work fine just in case you decide to reinstall Windows.
The pre-activation key comes with a Microsoft certificate and is bound to specific BIOS checksums and properties.
garybeafl--thanks for the response.
It does not apply to my situation. I have a Home assembled PC. No lable on the tower. I know what Product Key was used to install Win7. I also know what Magical Jelly Bean reports. They are the same.
My question was to learn how to advise people who have commercially built PC's whether MJB's Product Key or the one on the label is more likely to work. I was just echoing your Post #3.
jdc2000's post #4 is little quizzical. Does it mean that either Product Key (label or MJB) will work?
WIN7 Ultimate SP1 64bit, IE 10, NTFS,
cable, MS Security Essentials, Windows 7 firewall
Note that some Windows discs are bios-coded by the manufacturer and do not require a product key during installation. E.G. If you use a Dell Windows DVD on a Dell computer, you would not be prompted for a key.