I have an Inspiron N4010 and it's hard disk crashed. I've replaced the hard disk and wish to reinstall Windows 7 but the key sticker is faded and characters are not readable.
I don't have the old DVDs which came with the laptop and the old hard disk wouldn't boot up. What are my options now to install and activate Windows 7 ?
Note this model has a Legacy BIOS so make Windows Bootable Media using the MBR Partition Scheme and NTFS format.
If you have previously updated to Windows 10 then your system's hardware profile is registered with a Microsoft Product Activation server and you can clean install Windows 10 Home without a Product Key:
Windows 7 Home Premium
If you have not already upgraded to Windows 10 Home then you must install Windows 7 Home Premium and activate using OEM System Locked Preinstallation. A Dell Windows 7 Home Premium Reinstallation DVD will do this. If you don't have one to hand then unfortunately Dell only have the Dell Windows 7 Professional Skylake Reinstallation .iso available to Download. This however can be converted to a Home Premium .iso:
After installing Windows 7 Home Premium it is advised to create a genuine ticket and use this to activate a clean install of Windows 10: