I am trying to help a friend recover his Inspiron 503S after a hard disc failure. I need to obtain a windows 7 (Pro) installation disc. I've tried the Dell site <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell> for a download but it requires the service tag. Someone has thoughtfully scratched the service tag label off the machine.
Does anyone have the service tag for the 530S please? Or better still, can point me to a downloadable ISO of the recovery disc?
Thanks for posting.
Asking others to give their service tag out in a public forum violates the rules of the Dell Community.
You can find your machines service tag number by selecting the BIOS settings at boot up. It's visible there, or you can install Belarc advisor, which will also show you the Service Tag.
F2 Bios would show service Tag
HOWEVER Windows 7 is not an ISO that is available for download.
Service Tag is not the COA Tag aka the Product Key.
My apologies for inadvertently breaching the Dell Community rules. I assumed that all instances of the same model would have the same service tag and that, therefore, this would not be sensitive information.
Thank you for letting me know. I'll get the service tag from the BIOS and make a new label.
Apparently though, according to SpeedStep, this won't help me get a recovery disc to help out my friend. The machine has the original Windows 7 Pro product key label on it still.
Generic OEM WIN7 is still available.
Thanks for the suggestion. I can't find a supplier on Amazon.com who ships to New Zealand. I'll have to see if I can source one locally.
Thanks for that suggestion. My friend has an aversion to the UI for Windows 8-10... and wants to stick with Windows 7 (at least while MS are still supporting it). I might try that route anyway just to preserve his Windows 10 options.
There is a free utility called Classic Shell that can turn the Windows 8 or 10 interface back to the one from Windows 7 such that you'll never know the difference.