How to reinstall windows 8 after hd crashing in Dell Inspiron

Hi I have a Dell Inspiron 5520 which came with a pre-installed Windows 8 (no installation or recovery DVD, no product key). My HD crashed and I had to replace it. I would like to know how can I do to reinstall the windows. The Dell is out of warranty and I do not live in the US or Canada, so I am looking for a way to do it only by connection through the internet. Thanks.
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  1. Internet connection will only work if you are on your own network and have a image of your original windows 8 stored on a network Drive. If you do not have that then internet connection is pointless without an OS. Best to Contact Dell and have them ship you a set of recovery disks. Once you have everything set up, it's always good to make your own set as a back up.... But without an image, recovery partition or a recovery disk, you won't be able to load Windows 8
  2. The product key label is inside the battery compartment. Which Win OS you have there? I can help you to find generic Win ISO, which you can burn on DVD and use this key to instal. If you PC was shipped with Win 7 you have a sticker there for sure, if really Win 8, this is too bad, because WIn 8 key is embedded into UEFI BIOS, look here for more info, it might help http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/14464-how-re-install-windows-8-oem-version.html
  3. OP said it came pre-installed with 8 which means he has no License key on the machine itself... Microsoft ISO's for WIndows 7, 8, and 8.1 are no longer available though digital river or microsoft. the only way to reload would be to get the disk set from the manufacturer.
  4. penguintech said:
    OP said it came pre-installed with 8 which means he has no License key on the machine itself... Microsoft ISO's for WIndows 7, 8, and 8.1 are no longer available though digital river or microsoft. the only way to reload would be to get the disk set from the manufacturer.


    I know about Digital River story - I have found one USA, I think, server which holds bunch of LEGAL WIN OS downloads, not bootlegs, I seen Win Vista, 7 and 8 there.

    How often you look in battery compartment, under battery, I think, for a product key sticker? I just would like to know, if OP has one there, and if it there, does OP has Win key on it?
  5. I am a certified computer technician that owns a retail computer store that has been in business for 13 years. I am aware of where a sticker could be. But without disks, the COA means nothing. If it's windows 8, as OP stated it came with, it's tied to the MoBo anyways, sticker not needed. I am also a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, and as such, I would have to say your random USA server holding "legal" win OS downloads is sketchy at best but I will leave it at the discretion of the OP to load something from some server. Paying a couple bucks and getting the disk from the manufacturer is usually worth it in the long run anyways.
  6. Oops, not USA, Germany, check it up http://getintopc.com/gsearch.php?q=windows+8&cx=005243863323681272266%3Ahpku-xcqlxm&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&sa=Search

    Is that illegal? There are no keys posted, only ISOs.
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