I just bought an x51 and getting a SSD to replace the existing the HDD. My SSD (also ordered from Dell) is arriving today so I am looking to do a clean install of Windows 8 onto the SSD.
My question is, where is the Windows 8 CD?
I went through the clean install for Windows 7 on my ALienware laptop so I know the process. The Windows 7 DVD was included with the laptop but I do not see it for the x51.
New system are not shipped with discs. You can create System Recovery Discs with Alien Autopsy which you can later use to re-install the operating system on your computer. Re-installing Windows using the Recovery Discs would not require a product key.
Hope this information helps.
DELL - Appu S,
Please confirm that your suggestion works for a an clean/new install of Windows 8 onto a new SSD that will replace the HDD in the x51 that came with Windows 8 preinstalled.
I do not believe that what you suggest will work when it is used on a drive that will replace the existing drive.
Regret the inconvenience. Could not respond immediately as had some work backlog. A conventional hard drive has different technology compared to SSD. The user created recovery disc may not work with SSD. You would need the OEM disc to install Windows on SSD.
just call them up and request it .... I had to u paid for the OS to come with your system and expect the backup media aswell.. anyway ..
even so the respawn is useless if you replace drive unless its same drive of same size ect.. since its setup for such
So how do I get the OEM disk when Dell does not provide it?
Send us an e-mail to AWSocialMedia@dell.com with your service tag and a brief description of the issue and I'll make sure you get the disc you need.
I bought alienware x51 r2 with windows 8. For some reason I had to reinstall Windows. I installed my own licensed copy, and now I can`t create factory recovery disk. Can anyone share that disk and give me link please.