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Windows 7: Formatting Windows 7 without a CD

10 Aug 2015   #1
MichaelLow

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Formatting Windows 7 without a CD

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium x64. It came with my laptop already loaded up. I would like to format the computer but I dont have a Product key or a cd for windows 7, and was hoping I could do this without having to do anything illegal. In advance, thanks for the help!


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10 Aug 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Remove the battery and look for a CoA sticker.
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10 Aug 2015   #3
MichaelLow

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I found a product key, am I able to reuse it? Also, If I do format my hard drive, am I going to need to download wireless drivers before hand to use wifi?
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11 Aug 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If the product key that you found is attached to the laptop, then yes, it can be used - that is why it is there.

If the product key that you found was extracted from the current installation, then that won't help you during a normal format/install.

If the product key that you found is from some other source, then please explain.



Most Dell products have an option to restore the computer to "factory settings":
How to restore your Windows 7 computer to factory settings | Dell US
Doing that will make use of the product key currently being used.
You might need to update drivers after doing that.

If you do not wish to restore to factory settings and you manage to locate a valid Windows 7 home premium 64bit DVD, then you can use the info on the attached CoA. If you do that, then yes, you should gather your drivers from Dell before formatting/installing. Be sure to back up any current data before formatting.
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13 Aug 2015   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You may request DELL OEM Reinstall DVD. With it you can do a clean install and it will auto-activate (OEM activation). How To Request Backup CDs for Your Dell Computer | Dell US
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