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Hard drive crashed i have my windows 7 product key but no disk how to proceed

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May 14, 2012 10:46:58 AM

hard drive crashed i have my windows 7 product key but no disk how to proceed
a b $ Windows 7
May 14, 2012 10:54:17 AM

Contact your machines manufacturer for the restore disks?
a b $ Windows 7
May 14, 2012 11:03:17 AM

Hello lokijo71;

With your license key you're in pretty good shape.

You can download and burn a Win7 installation DVD.
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os...
Even though the links are hosted in a Dell support forum they're the standard Microsoft .iso images and not Dell specific.

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a b $ Windows 7
May 14, 2012 12:35:08 PM

Hi
The Windows license keys on PC's & laptops from most major manufacturers are not usable on retail Windows as the Manufacturers restore CD/DVD are BIOS locked to motherboard/bios info eg DELL, Samsung, Toshiba, Acer etc

Is your hard disk actually dead or dying or Windows so corrupt you can not start up Windows

You maybe still able to boot to recovery partition and build recovery DVD set
(F12 on Dell)

Some recovery partitions are hidden others also have recovery Windows data on D:\


regards

Mike Barnes
a b $ Windows 7
May 14, 2012 1:44:06 PM

Mike is right that a OEM license will not automatically activate a Retail version of Windows 7.

But you should still be able to get a manual activation from Microsoft. They understand about hard driver failures and stuff like that.

Activate Windows 7 on this computer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-wi...
Check the "Activate using the telephone" section.
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