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Windows 7: How do I format my laptop and reinstall Windows 7 without cds?

07 Aug 2013   #1
cjknott32

Windows 7
 
 
How do I format my laptop and reinstall Windows 7 without cds?

Hello,

I want to format my computer, but I have a small problem: I have no installation cd's for Windows 7. My computer is a laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1525. It's been running a little slow here lately, so I decided to give it a good clean-up. However, I fear to format it without the installation cd's.

Also, to be honest, I don't really even know how to go about formatting it, so I would appreciate some help with that too.

Thank you!


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07 Aug 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums

Take a look at the link below

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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08 Aug 2013   #3
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cjknott32 View Post
Hello,

I want to format my computer, but I have a small problem: I have no installation cd's for Windows 7. My computer is a laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1525. It's been running a little slow here lately, so I decided to give it a good clean-up. However, I fear to format it without the installation cd's.

Also, to be honest, I don't really even know how to go about formatting it, so I would appreciate some help with that too.

Thank you!
Hi cjknott32,

Welcome to Seven forums.

Please check this link below for restoring your system to factory defaults without using the disks:

http://dell.to/12PHD5J

And if you still require disks for your system then you can request the same at the link below:

http://dell.to/Zj7oHA

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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08 Aug 2013   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



You can order Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.


How to use Dell Recovery Partition, make Recovery Disks & how to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
RouteTo
Dell - Support
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08 Aug 2013   #5
cjknott32

Windows 7
 
 

Ok,

Thank you SandeepP, your post was more helpful. I did, however, run into a problem.

I clicked on the first link you gave me, and got all the way down to step 9. Here's where the trouble is. Step 9 says: "Depending on your configuration, you may need to select Dell Factory Tools and then Dell Factory Image Restore." I see no such thing on my screen. Rather, I have a small window called "System Recovery Tools" and it gives me 5 different things to click on: Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt. I have clicked on each one but none of them have gotten me anywhere. I thought maybe "System Image Recovery" would be the one, but it says "Windows cannot find a system image on this computer."
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08 Aug 2013   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

The factory preinstall is by definition the worst possible install of Win7. We have given you the chance to get the best possible install instead.
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08 Aug 2013   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Dell Factory Tools should be under Command Prompt.


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08 Aug 2013   #8
cjknott32

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for responding Theog,

Unfortunately there is nothing under Command Prompt.

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08 Aug 2013   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You might also be able to restore Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link.

Dell Diagnostics tools is booted using F12 key at boot.

If it runs, save the single Dell Diagnostics partition during the reinstall while deleting all others using the Custom install Drive Options shown in Steps 7 and 8 pictured in Clean Install Windows 7.
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08 Aug 2013   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Windows has been already reinstalled, you can order Microsoft official Dell OEM Recovery disks from the Dell website.
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