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No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

I ordered a Dell XPS that come with Windows 7 Pro installed, but I didn't have a Windows 7 disc just in case I need it.  I did have a Window 8.1 disc came with it, but I don't think I need it since I already have Window 7.  I'm wondering how I can get a disc for my Windows 7 Pro?

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

If you ordered it directly from Dell, you likely didn't opt to purchase the $3-10 Windows 7 media kit. It is running Windows 7 under a downgrade license for Windows 8.1. You can request one from Dell, but if they can't/won't send it, then any Dell Windows 7 installation DVD will work.

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

Thank you for your reply.  I ordered it from Costco and they didn't have an option for me to purchase the disc.  However I still have a Windows 7 Home Premium disc from my last computer.  Do you think it would work for Windows 7 Pro in case I need repair?

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

No, you must use Windows 7 Pro media for repair or reinstall. Home Premium will not work and is not licensed on that computer. You could always move to Windows 8.1 when the time comes to reinstall 😉

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

If you haven't done so already, make USB recovery media with the latest version of Dell Backup and Recovery:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/dell-backup-and-recovery-1-8-1-71/

Dr Philip Yip
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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

Thank you very much guys.  I like Windows 7 and I think I opt for Windows 9 when it realeases.  So I don't plan on using Windows 8 disc.  May be I just give it to someone else.

For back up, I currently have Acronis TrueImage Home on my computer.  So I did a full back up on my computer just in case my computer decides to go on vacation when I don't want it to. 🙂

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

Microsoft skipped Windows 9, the next release will be Windows 10. It should be out in a few months as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

The Windows 8.1 DVD itself is useless as it requires a product key which is embedded in your systems UEFI BIOS.

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

There won't be a windows 9.Microsoft will release windows 10 instead of windows 9.You might be eligible for the free upgrade.I've read very good reviews about it.....:emotion-2:

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

Wow, that's awsome news.  I just bought my XPS 8700 a month ago and now ready for upgrade. 🙂

Thank you for letting me know.

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RE: No Windows 7 disc come with new tower

If you are curious about it some more details are here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/about

You can take a look into the Windows Insider preview. I wouldn't advise installing it natively but since you have an XPS 8700 you have plenty of raw power and can give it a spin in a virtual machine.

The current stable build is 10074 (10022 is out on the fast track only and needs to be updated from 10074):

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/preview-iso

A virtualisation program such as VMware player will allow you to install an Operating System as a Window:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/7_0

I demonstrate the install with an earlier build 9841 here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUe-bjVKSm4

Dr Philip Yip
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