Reinstall windows - how? (AW R3 15)

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  1. herc182

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    Hi
    My Alienware didnt come with any CD (thank god - dont have a drive!) or USB with windows and drivers. If I wanted to reinstall windows on a new SSD (for example), how would I go about it?

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    Use Jelly Bean Key Finder to know your Windows key and make a backup copy of it, then you must have a soft copy of the OS (at least an ISO image) depending on the OS that you're using. If you don't have a copy you can download it from microsoft website, then make a bootable USB using Windows 7 creation tool or Rufus, from there you can reinstall Windows.
     
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    But I didn't get a copy of Windows 10 with the laptop. Only option is to reset the laptop (that I can see)
     
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    Bro, you can download a copy of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7 for FREE.

    http://prntscr.com/e7cwnu

    All you need is your Windows CD key to activate Windows later on after re-installation.

    You can find your Windows CD Key using Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder: https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

    http://prntscr.com/e7czp0

    To create a bootable USB you need:

    - An empty USB Stick with at least 4GB.

    - Windows 7 Creation Tool: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

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    - Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/ (I prefer this one because you have an option to create a UEFI bootable USB).

    As for the drivers you can download them here: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/alienware-15-laptop/drivers
     
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    thanks! Sorry - showing my relative ineptitude....
     
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    No need to be sorry bro, is this your very first re-installation of Windows?
     
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    I reinstalled before but had windows as a bootable Cd). Going back a bit .. Thanks
     
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    Re-installation is the same from a bootable USB stick if you follow the instructions above.

    GL bro!
     
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    thanks

    Currently on the fence as to whether return this laptop and get an XPS or reinstall windows to see if that helps quicken things up a bit. At the moment, it feels very slightly laggy all the time. Clicking on things has a slight delay. Even clicking on the windows 10 settings bar freezes the mouse for a second. its not much but feels like there is something causing it (hence the thinking behind a reinstall). I have updated every driver I can think of (they were ALL out of date quite substantially)
     
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