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Need web site to download Win 7 safely


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#1 sutton7

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:26 AM

I have a friend's Dell Inspiron M5040 laptop computer running Win 7 Home Premium. She has completely trashed the OS and I have tried everything to get the laptop up and running to no avail. What I am looking for is a web site where I can safely download a new copy of Win 7, place the image on a disk and reinstall the OS on the laptop. I recall doing this a couple years ago and used the product code that came with the computer and everything worked fine. I would like to do the same with this laptop - download a legit copy of Win 7 and use the product code that came with the computer. The problem is that I do not recall the web site I downloaded the software from. When I Google for some sites it appears the sites are 3rd party distributers and want money or are loaded with unwanted programs. Could someone recommend a site to download Win 7 safely without all of the add-ons. Thanks for your help in advance.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:37 AM

You can download an ISO image of Windows 7 directly from Microsoft.  As long as you have a product number for the install you should have no problem reinstalling it.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:13 AM

Took a while to find it on the Microsoft web site. Finally found it and downloaded it. Looked prior to posting and was not sure if Microsofts web site had it as they refer to finding a copy on the Internet.

Thanks for your help.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:00 PM

Dell should have a recovery partition http://www.ehow.com/how_6793886_start-dell-inspiron-recovery-partition.html

 

Try that First because if you use the disk you will not have the recovery partition or software that came with it. 


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