Help!!! Windows 8 activation issue


New Member
Jul 26, 2013
I had some nasty virus which require me to format my X51. The problem is i did not created a recovery USB with Alienware Respawn, so i re-installed windows 8.1 using this 'Create a USB recovery drive' -

I am aware that the product key in embedded in the bio, and i assume windows will activate itself automatically. But Windows didn't recognize my OEM product key and now i'm stuck with an inactivated Windows 8.1 Build 9600.

I called Dell out of warranty technical support, and what they suggest is i buy a new product key. Ridiculous.

My X51 came with Windows 8 (not 8.1).
What should i do? Can someone like create a recovery USB and make it into a ISO for me to download and to restore my "dell's windows 8"? Will this work???

Please help, thank you!!!