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# 180557 13-Sep-2015 18:00
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My old Dell inspiron 1545 laptop's hard drive is fried. I have a spare hard drive (same brand, Tosheba) from a laptop i just replaced with an SSD.

I'm now trying to install windows 7 again but i cant find the original install disc. I have the licence key (on a sticker under battery) but i cant find windows 7 iso files online either. Just want to put them on a USB drive and install windows.

Anyone know where i can get the iso file from?

Was going to go straight to windows 10 however when i enter in the license key, it says its not valid as it's from Dell. Windows 10 might not even work on it anyway so better to stick with windows 7 for now.

Dells recovery process is stupid... the recovery files are on a petition on the hard drive which is kinda dumb for times when the hard drive fails!!!

Appreciate any help.

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  # 1386756 13-Sep-2015 18:05
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you can try here

but I think you will need to call Dell and ask them since it is OEM

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  # 1386758 13-Sep-2015 18:06
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The little things make the biggest difference.


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  # 1386765 13-Sep-2015 18:17
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Neither of those work, tired it before posting.

Says my product key is from Dell and to contact them.

THey arnt open - will call them tomorrow if need be. Was hoping to sort it tonight.

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  # 1386806 13-Sep-2015 18:52
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It may be silly with it on the HDD, but from experience, that is why most manufacturers include thinks like the Dell Backup manager - to let you create a set after first boot if you chose to ensure you have an offline set.

Yes its another revenue stream to need to buy them post, but its also a saver by not stamping various CDs

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Uber Geek


  # 1386808 13-Sep-2015 18:53
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I had to do this just the other day.

Follow this link.

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  # 1386809 13-Sep-2015 18:56
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  # 1387571 14-Sep-2015 22:04
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I have a few of the Win 7 ISOs I can share on BTSync with you?

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 (English, 64-bit) X17-59465
Win 7 Home Premium X17-58997
Win 7 Maybe Starter otherwise Home X15-65732

It would take a fair bit of time to download as I'm on ADSL?

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