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The Dell Inspiron 15 (N5050) is a mid-sized laptop manufactured by Dell, Inc. that operates on Windows 7. The laptop features include a WLED HD display screen and a max supported memory of 8 GB.

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How to activate windows 8 on my device?

I keep getting repetitive message to activate windows 8 on my Dell Inspiron N5050 I’m not able to work properly with the pre-installed windows 7 and therefore bought licensed windows 8. I have tried to activate in online but unable to do so. Please help!


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Have you upgraded the BIOS to version A05 ?


@aactech I'm sorry I don't know what that is, can you please explain?


@Arsh Luthra

To find the BIOS version press the <F2> key when screen prompt appears and you will enter the setup screen.

For BIOS upgrade/update this page will tell you everytyhing you need to know:

These are the main points:


1. Click Download File, to download the file.

2. When the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.

Run the BIOS update utility from Windows environment

1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file.

2. After BIOS update finished, system will auto reboot to take effect.

But hey why not just upgrade to Windows 10?

It is still free as far as I know. I just did one in March 2020


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The fastest way with Windows 7 on a Dell is to find the OEM SLIC media - either through a site like eBay, a site like Internet Archive or a tool like the Helidoc Windows ISO download tool. I am not providing links here, but if you search for Windows ISO downloader and find the Helidoc link, you will find it. I have an image of a DVD I wrote to a USB stick, or if need be I can buy a small set of DL DVD+R media and write a DVD to boot the computer.

The other way is retail media and activation, but this may no longer work since Win7 has been EOL since 1/14/2020 and Microsoft will not help you. The best route today is SLIC.

For Windows 8, the key has to be integrated into the BIOS - and in many cases it doesn’t work to save it’s life. Best approach for Win8 OEM systems with the BIOS key is a custom OEM SetupComplete image (use NTLite) but this DOES REQUIRE a BIOS key. If you bought it on it’s own and it’s not part of the BIOS, you’ll need to enter it manually. The other issue is keys from shady 3rd party sites will typically get blocked at some point, so if you got it from one of those sites then it may be blocked; call Microsoft and play dumb to see why.

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