I have a 6 yr old dell laptop, with build in windows 7 home premium. Last day it crashed and was not able to perfom system restore, and the only option is to reinstall windows from CD. Unfortunately I only have a Drivers and Utilities CD ( Reinstallation ) with me, which I recieved with the laptop. Is it possible for me to use this CD to install windows. I tried to check if I can get a windows 7 copy from microsoft - and tried to check the product key as printed on the laptop- but it responded saying that I have to contact the Manufacturer to validate the product key..
Looking forward to any help
Is it possible for me to use this CD to install windows.
You will need to buy a Dell Windows 7 Home Premium CD or borrow one from someone who has it.
Or try installing Windows 10 which or may not activate depending on the model of the laptop.
The Windows 7 Downloader on the Microsoft Website does not work for Windows 7 Home Premium. Your Windows 7 Home Premium Product Key will work with Windows 10 Version 1709 Installation Media however (installing Windows 10 Home):
The Dell OS Recovery Tool only works for Windows 7 Professional.