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!!!Dell no longer providing OS disks and Resource CD's for consumer Win 7 systems!!!

Discussion in 'Dell' started by booboo12, May 2, 2010.

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  1. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    I didn't create an idea for this yet. I can do so if you want though.

    Interesting, so they are doing this to Vostro too? Very interesting.

    EDIT: I have configured a new Vostro and sure enough, there's no mention of Resource CD/DVD in the configurator.

    You can still get disks on Latitude systems

    I can try chatting with Dell.com to see what they have to say.
     
  2. iafzal3

    iafzal3 Notebook Evangelist

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    I recently got (4/20/10) a Studio from the outlet and still got the Win7 Premium DVD plus the driver CD. Also ther ewas the Works and Creative sound CD.
     
  3. Lappy234

    Lappy234 Newbie

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    I really hope this isn't the case. I have, as i type, sitting under my desk at work right now a new Studio 17 which was delivered to me today. I planned to take it home in an hour and do a nice clean install of Windows 7......

    Incidently, I assume I still use this method to do a clean install?
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/5775060-post5.html

    When I bought my Dell desktop over three years ago I just shoved in the Dell Windows CD, deleted all partitions, created one new one and reinstalled Windows XP followed by installing the drivers from the resource disk. Worked a treat. Is this still the way of doing things?
     
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    leopardhunter7 Notebook Consultant

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    Guys... my replacement just arrived. Well it's a good news- bad news situation. The good news ( for me) is that Dell has shipped my laptop with all the discs as usual. However, and this is the bad news, I also found a yellow instruction manual, with instructions on how to create a recovery disc. The heading says, " Note: Your computer does not ship with an OS disc". So, it seems that Dell is indeed going the HP way. SAD.... :(
     
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    I received a new Studio 14 and it has the Install Disc, as well as instructions and warning that the computer does not ship with an install Disc.

    So looks like they are in the process of not shipping the install Disc.
     
  6. booboo12

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    Sorry I couldn't get to your post sooner, I'm in the midst of Finals Week here at college so busy is an understatement.

    Check the box, it looks like people are receiving install media still as Dell transitions to the new method. You might be lucky. If so, follow the steps in the post you linked to.

    Looks like they are in a state of transition then, I shall have the guide updated by Saturday evening. Sorry for the delay and +rep to both of you for remembering to come back here. It's a big help. :D

    To be clear though, was the disk you received a disk that only contained the OS, or was it just a image?

    Thanks again,
    Ricky
     
  7. Lappy234

    Lappy234 Newbie

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    Thanks booboo12 :)
     
  8. booboo12

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    no problem!
     
  9. ifti

    ifti Undiscovered

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    This is stupid!
    The first thing I always do with a new Dell is delete all partitions, create my own partitions, and reinstall Windows from the supplied media.
    So people can no longer delete the backup partition since thats where they will restore from, and all bloatware etc remains with every rebuild?
    Way to give people greater 'choice' over their own systems, huh!
     
  10. booboo12

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    If your careful in the online config screens, you'll most likely be able to opt out of most if not all bloatware.

    I do agree, this is a step backwards, and hopefully they might consider offering the disks again.
     
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    css_jay99 Notebook Consultant

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    Will it be possible to re-install the Del systems using retail versions of the OS and then using the dell produt keys?

    css_jay99
     
  12. m715

    m715 Notebook Consultant

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    Doubtful, I'm guessing you will run into a problem of OEM product keys vs retail keys. You can't reinstall using a retail windows 7 disc and then activate with an OEM key. Maybe dell is different:confused: I haven't tried it yet with my dell.
     
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    rockside Newbie

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    I can purchase Windows 7 OS from my college. Can I use it to install on a Dell laptop that comes with some basic windows versions? (say, I buy a laptop with windows vista basic preinstalled and then I install my own Windows 7 onto it).

    As I will have my own serial key, can it be used for activation? Or are you saying that the activation depends on the machine I have; if the laptop uses a different copy of Windows 7 other than the pre-installed OS, Microsoft will not recognize it?

    Thanks~
     
  14. booboo12

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    To answer both your questions, you can. You'll need to grab the .ISO images here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/mic...-7-download-links-just-like-vista-before.html

    Make sure you backup your product key by following the instructions provided in the first post. You'll need to ensure that you pick a version of 7 that matches what initially came on the computer. (e.g: The computer came with Windows 7 Home Premium, so in the Windows 7 installer, you'll choose "Windows 7 Home Premium" from the list) :)

    If you install a retail copy of 7 on a machine that came with Vista, then you'll use the key provided in the packaging. The OEM key as well as the key on the bottom of the machine won't work. If the machine came with Windows 7 Home Premium, and you buy Windows 7 Professional, you can clean install with it just fine, you'll just use the key that came with Windows 7 Pro.
     
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    I just got my studio 1558 about 15 minutes ago. I won't be able to do much with it as I work nights and I'm going back to bed.

    In the box there were 3 discs. One of them was the operating system for windows 7 pro, it says use this dvd to re-install the operating system. There were no notes in the box about not getting the discs.
     
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    Ok, looks like you'll be all good! You have the media that's going away. Dell's in a state of transition so it'll be a while until people don't get discs at all.
     
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    Just thought its funny, some people are getting them, some not and some are getting them with notes that they no longer provide the discs. Btw I just woke up so still no time to really do much. :)
     
  18. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    I recently bought a Vostro V13 from the outlet store and it came with the OS, Drivers and webcam CD. Here's the kicker, my Windows 7 disc won't boot so it likes like i'll need to call them for a replacement. :p
     
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    Another lotto winner! WOOT!!!!
     
  20. Dellienware

    Dellienware Workstations & Ultrabooks

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    i just got my computers and it comes with the os cds... both home office iinspiron with core i3 and vostro 3500 of buz
     
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