I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010. I had to put in a new hard drive. I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it. I have a recovery disk but it does not work. How do I get back my OS? Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable. Can anyone help me?
You can download a ISO image which you can burn to a disc to create a installation disc for Windows 7 Home Premium.
Your computer should have Windows 7 installed on it. I was not able to find any confirmation on the version, 32-bit or 64-bit, so you will need to know this in order to download the proper ISO image.
You will need to download the drivers for this computer after installing the operating system, you will need to download these from Dell.
You will need to burn the ISO image to a disc, I have instructions for this, but I will need to know what the operating system is on the computer you will be using to burn the disc.
As for the product key. Newer Inspirons have a second product key inside the case underneath the battery. Pull the battery and see if you find it.
I would suggest contacting Dell to see how much they want to provide you with the installation disc and driver disc. It may well be worth it rather than creating the disc and then having to download and install the drivers.
Edited by dc3, 23 May 2014 - 09:55 AM.