Hello All -
I want to re-install Windows 7 Ultimate on my Precision M4500 laptop. However, I want to minimize downtime in getting back up and running. I decided the best course of action may be to create a VMware virtual machine to keep it as quick as possible. I would do the following:
Will I run into any issues if I follow this process? After all is complete, the Windows product key in use on the M4500 will be the same OEM key provided by Dell with the machine when it was factory shipped. I am under the impression that there will be no licensing issues since the OEM key, which is tied to the M4500's motherboard, will be used on the exact same hardware configuration.
I hope someone out there can answer this! I have had a very hard time figuring out if this is possible searching around forums and the like.
Thanks very much to all that assist!
That is unnecessarily complicated and won't work. All you have to do it restore to factory settings. Follow the directions HERE.
Windows 7 already has the tools to make a copy of the factory restore partition. Make sure you have made a system repair disk to use as a boot disk, backups of your personal files and a system image stored on an external drive. Open Win 7's Backup and Restore to do it all. That is insurance in addition to Dell's Recovery disks and work better.
Thank you for the response. I realize that it is complicated, but can you tell me why it won't work?
As per your suggestion, I will definitely do a backup using Windows 7's Backup and Restore beforehand regardless of how I proceed.
I just attempted installing VMware Player on my dell inspiron1525, which I upgraded to W7 Pro 2 years ago. After installing VMWare , I attempted to create a VM for XP Pro using the OEM supplied OS. Problem I encountered is Invalid Product Key when attempting to register XP. It seems that you cannot use OEM CA and need to purchase full user lic os.