06-30-2015 08:50 AM
I have sitting on my desk a Lenovo T500 that I'm trying to repair. After some troubleshooting I concluded the harddrive failed.
This is easy enough to fix, I have installed a replacement drive, but I can't read the Windows product key that is stickered on the bottom of this unit as all the text seems to have worn off.
How can I go about retrieving a valid Windows activation key? I believe it origonally came with Vista but was later upgraded by Lenovo to Windows 7 on the count of some program?
06-30-2015 08:58 AM
06-30-2015 09:30 AM - edited 06-30-2015 09:30 AM
I have since learned how to extract the key from an external drive.
I was able to force some life out of it by putting the dead drive in a USB dock. After powering it on and off a few times it allowed me to extract the product key with a tool.
This is how I took delivery of this laptop so the exact origins of this key illude me but Microsoft doesn't like it when I feed it to their Windows 7 iso download tool thingy. I have also not created or received any sort of media. So I'll just drop this problem into the lap of the retailer who sold me this laptop.
Thanks for the assistance regardless!