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Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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Hello. I have the same problem like these:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/4677/t/19476372.aspx and http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/4677/p/19502094/20346867.aspx

A few weeks ago I bought a Dell Inspiron 2330 with win 8. But I do not like win8 and therefore deleted it immediately and Installed win 7. During the installation win7 I have seen 5 partitions on hdd. As i understand that is recovery partitions with native Dell's win 8. Win 7 was installed on a primary partition after formatting. After a time, i needed to back to the win 8, but unfortunately I did not create any recovery disk, and it is not possible to select other partition for boot and recovery on F12(such as it was on my laptop) except the partition with operating system. I do not know about it until now.

I would like to install authentic Dell's Win8 again that was installed before, with accept the key from bios. What can i do?

All partitions are untouched. Clean install was only on main partition....MBR is overwritten.

I have tried Dell Datasafe Local, it says that it cannot be installed because my hard disk does not have the factory recovery image.

Please, help me to restore back native Dell's Windows 8.

Thank you.

Best wishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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I am not familiar with installation with Windows recovery partition.It is messy for me.

There may be a solution.

1.Create a recovery disk from your Windows7 PC.

2.Boot from the recovery disk & check if you can install OS from the recovery image[if it is there].

If not,Read further

You should keep the small partitions [around 200-300 Mb] which contain DELL Diagnostics software.It is useful to find any hardware faults.If you cannot find these partitions,you should try Easeus parttion Master to see if you can find any Dell partitions.You should "Assign drive letter" to hidden partitions if any .If you can find the Dell OS partition [around 20 GB] & check Dell datasafe works .If datasafe is not working for you,you should backup all the Dell partitions to an external drive & save the mess for later.It is useful if you finds a way to restore them from the disk image.For that,you can use Acronis true image or DriveImageXML.

Alternate method,I would suggest is to download Windows8 upgrade officially from Microsoft & use it with your Windows8 key

From here,you can download

windows.microsoft.com/.../upgrade-product-key-only.

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DELL-Saharsh K
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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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Hi De-Factus,

If you are in USA, then you may fill the form on the below link for ordering the recovery media.

Form Link: http://dell.to/YOzR58

If you are in another region, you may need to contact Dell Technical Support in your region and check with them.

Please reply if you have any questions.

Thanks & Regards
Saharsh K
#iworkfordell
To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USA; India. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here.
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Anonymous
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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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I am not familiar with installation with Windows recovery partition.It is messy for me.

There may be a solution.

1.Create a recovery disk from your Windows7 PC.

2.Boot from the recovery disk & check if you can install OS from the recovery image[if it is there].

If not,Read further

You should keep the small partitions [around 200-300 Mb] which contain DELL Diagnostics software.It is useful to find any hardware faults.If you cannot find these partitions,you should try Easeus parttion Master to see if you can find any Dell partitions.You should "Assign drive letter" to hidden partitions if any .If you can find the Dell OS partition [around 20 GB] & check Dell datasafe works .If datasafe is not working for you,you should backup all the Dell partitions to an external drive & save the mess for later.It is useful if you finds a way to restore them from the disk image.For that,you can use Acronis true image or DriveImageXML.

Alternate method,I would suggest is to download Windows8 upgrade officially from Microsoft & use it with your Windows8 key

From here,you can download

windows.microsoft.com/.../upgrade-product-key-only.

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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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Thank you....I'll try all possibilities.... (((

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Thak you for answer, but i need to restore Win8, not win 7 as it is written in your link. I have Dell Inspiron 2330 which was with win8. I will send you service tag for verification, and all required information you need. Thank you.

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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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'Windows7" I mentioned in the link is your current OS.That may not be a issue for creating a recovery media because it contains a set of tools to fixup start-up failures as well as to recover your recovery partition[Dell System Image].

I would like you to clarify some details.

1.Can you see your recovery partition in your windows explorer or using any other softwares like Easeus Partition Master?

2.If not,Can you identify any difference in Hardisk size compared to ur current installation & original installation?

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Anonymous
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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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For creating recovery disk ,you can use Recovery included in Windows itself.You can use your pendrive for this.

Detailed info is available in the video included..Hope this helps

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I can see the partitions in the Computer management\Disk management, but I can not do anything with them, to assign a drive letter and to be visible, I can not, I can only see and take info. In the file manager, they are not seen as hidden. Also partitions are visible in Acronis and Paragon Drive managers.

Partitions:

1. ESP - 500MB - 451MB Free (Hidden)

2. DIAGS - 40 MB - 40 Free (Hidden)

3. VINRETOOLS - 500MB - 31 Free (Hidden)

4. Alpha - OS (my partition)

5. PBR Image 12.68GB - 85MB free (Hidden)

What are these partitions and what they contains I can show in the screenshots if it interesting.

but i must say that PBR Image  contains a folder Dell \ Image \ 4 files - Install.swm - 3,394 GB, Install2.swm - 3,799 GB, Install3.swm - 3,799 GB, Install4.swm - 826MB.

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I have created a bootable USB flash drive, but when booting from the recovery pendrive, it does not see the recovery partitions where the dell's images.

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DELL-Saharsh K
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Re: Reinstall Windows 8 on Dell Ispiron 2330 (have no recovery disc ((( )

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Hi Alexander,

You will need the Windows 8 media disk to reinstall the Windows on the system. Once windows is reinstalled the factory image is no longer accessible.

You may send me the system information via private message (click my username and then click Start Conversation). Please include the following information:

  • System Service Tag.
  • Account Holder's Name.
  • Complete Shipping Address.

Please reply if you have any further queries.

Thanks & Regards
Saharsh K
#iworkfordell
To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USA; India. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here.
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