Fresh install of windows 7 from another machine?
Recently contracted some strange things on my inspiron after being without any security on it for around 15 days. Hosts file is hijacked and when trying to repair it does not work. Recently it decided to shut down and now after power it goes to a black screen with just a text line blinking. Wondering if im able to do a fresh install of windows 7 from my new computer that has windows 7. I know the product key for the one on the dell but have no windows 7 disc and am trying to avoid the 170$ price tag of a new OS. Appreciate any advice!
Use your new computer to download any version of a Live CD of Linux, I prefer Puppy Linux ;-). Start your laptop and set the Bios so that it allows you to boot form CD. Use the Live CD to explore your hard drive, if it has more than one partition, it should still have the recovery partition. The partition is installed from wherever the computer comes from, not the retail store. It should have one. Check on the link that I left on my other comments and follow the instructions for System Restore. BTW, what have you tried so far to repair your OS? as for reinstalling any OS, yes you can use a different disk for as long as you have the COA number for that particular disk. You do not have to use a Dell specific. That just makes life easier, but is not a necessity. It might also be worthwhile to contact Dell and see if they can provide you with some assistance for a recovery disk.
Here is the link to the Dell site to request Backup Discs
I believe you should be able to press F11 or CTL+F11 when the system is first turned on to boot into the recovery partition. This will allow you to factory install your OS back onto your boot drive.
However, I would download something like Knoppix or Ubuntu Linux, burn the iso to a disc, then boot it ... you can then use *nix to copy off any data to say a thumb drive or removable usb drive.
For the best value, if your say upgrading from vista, get the WIn 7 family pack with 3 licenses, its around $160 or so on Amazon vs like $110 for a single upgrade license.
I would buy the 7 builder's copy for 100.00,
It will not work, that is a OEM key, and while not to that system, it is married to the computer you are talking about because it has been activated in advance for you, sorry
here is the 64 bit
Linux is a very nice option if you don't want to buy windows, I agree with using Ubuntu, i use it on my second PC exclusively because it had Vista, and it runs WELL on it because of all the specifications vista needs
Now to answer your concerns about reusing keys: the key is MARRIED to the system installed on, no matter what you do
BUT if the hardware matches, it will work in the end, but it has to be the EXACT same hardware
That is all there really is to licensing issues