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Not sure if anyone knows the answer or not. I just bought a Alienware laptop off of Ebay. The guy says he no longer has the discs that came with the system. The drivers I know you can get off Dell's site but if I want to reformat the system when I get it is there anyway to get Windows 7 back? He says the Win 7 code key is located on the bottom of the laptop but there's no disc. I'm just curious if I can retreive the OS?
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I think you can get the win 7 all or the need disc iso from MSs web site some where i remember there being a thread about whereon their site to find it.

there should be a COA on the bottom you can also use keyfinder on the currently installed win 7.
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Typically these laptops come with a partition on the harddrive that comes preloaded with all the necessary drivers, operating system etc. Should be an option to factory reset.
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I'm sure Dell would hook you up with a replacement OEM disk. The software isn't important, you can legally get that anywhere. It's the key that's important.

edit: Also, what Simca said above. Usually they have all of the restoration files stored away somewhere so that you're able to factory restore without the disks. I'd look for that first-- good call.
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