Dell System Recovery Guide

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  1. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    If you do a clean install formatting the entire drive, you'll lose the partition, but you can get the utility from support.dell.com if you ever need it.
     
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    MacisBack Newbie

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    Nice job with this guide, it was very helpful for a dell noob like me
     
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    lithnights Notebook Consultant

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    Hey Booboo12,

    I'm in the same boat as many others..first laptop in awhile and wasn't sent the W7 disk. So, if we don't get the W7 disk from Dell, we'll never be able to do a complete clean install. Should that be? If you're spending $1000 or so on a laptop and you're paying for Windows 7, why does the manufacturer not send the disks? It just seems silly.

    Anyway, should I just call and request them to send it? I did ask when I ordered and the sales rep sort of blew off the request saying that it can be easily burned myself. I wish I had read all this first.

    Oh yea, from one Ship grad/student to another, great work!
     
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    No Problem! Glad it helped! :D

    Your correct, without a Windows 7 DVD, you can't do a clean install. You can always use an application like the magic jellybean keyfinder on your Dell to snag the key Dell used on your particular machine, then grab the appropriate Windows 7 Microsoft sourced disc image from the Windows section of NBR.

    Since the guide was designed to be useful and approachable to anyone, even those who are new to the Dell family/computers in general, I recommend that they contact Dell support if they want physical Windows 7 media.

    IMO, Dell should have continued to provide Windows 7 media across the board. It was a little thing, out of several like the ability to opt out of bloatware, color choices, etc. that set them apart from the other computer makers like HP and Acer. I believe it's simply a victim of cost cutting. By not providing the DVD's unless asked, they don't have to account for so many envelopes, blank dvd's ...etc.

    Also, Go Raiders! ;) :)
     
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    Dell's Windows 7 HP 64-bit Reinstallation DVD allows us to select language. Is is possible and legal to change language on clean install? Did anyone try it? Does product key fit for a new language?
     
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    @bozydar
    product key fits but I'm not sure it is legal.

    My question.

    I've ordered my first dell. Now I'm waiting for delivery. I have W7P 32 on it. I'd like to do a clean install of Win7 64. Before I had HP HDX and I used ABR
    ABR (Activation Backup and Restore) | directedge.us

    Can I do the same now with dell?
     
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    It shouldn't be an issue to use ABR. I've personally never tried it though.
     
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    Kaloo Notebook Enthusiast

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    Did a clean install of 7 and restored with ABR the dell certificates and key I saved before.

    Fresh install of 7 is activated and genuine.
     
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    Awesome! Good to hear his solution worked for you. :)
     
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    Is there any option (preinstalled software) to burn dvds with the recovery partition (recovery form hdd)?
     
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