I am a UK customer.
I have a dell studio 1749
Had a hard drive failure and want to restore to factory.
I cannot create recovery media as the data safe software won't offer the option due to a problem in the recovery partition.
This is due I think to when I copied the hard drive there were faults in that partition and it didn't copy properly.
I downloaded a vanilla Win 7 Home Premium 64 install from Microsoft but needed a license key to activate it.
The license on my laptop is an OEM one and windows activation is only giving me 30 days to supply a valid license.
Can I either obtain a license key for my laptop OR a copy of the recovery media I can use to restore the laptop to factory?
Or are there other options?
You can call support to obtain a Dell OEM installation DVD, where the Product Key will not be needed for activation.
Or, you can activate Windows using the "vanilla" Windows you installed, but you will need to activate by phone (with Microsoft, not Dell).
Nobody can provide a replacement Product Key.
Kindly provide the system service tag through a private message. I will see what best I can do.
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Thanks and Regards