Didn't you get a Dell Win 7 Reinstallation DVD with the PC when you purchased it?
You can buy a Win 7 disk without a Product Key fairly cheaply these days. Or you can borrow one from somebody. As long as you use a disk with exactly the same version of Windows 7 that Dell installed (eg Home Premium or Pro), it's perfectly legal and your Product Key from the sticker will activate the installation. If you use a different version, your Product Key won't work.
And if you use a Dell OEM Win 7 disk that's exactly the same version, it may not even ask for the Product Key.
Either way be sure to get one that already includes SP1, but you'll still have over 100 updates and hotfixes to download and install.
I believe Dell replaced Data Safe with Dell Backup and Recovery. So go here and see if you can download it.
Would it be worth upgrading to Win 10 on the existing HDD, and then migrating it to the SSD afterwards, when an iso will probably be available...?
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