Windows 7 no longer available
I have, for most of my professional life, worked with Dell computers. I also have directed a lot of people towards the brand, because I value its designs and reliability. As a computer professional and collector, sometimes I also get computers from people who have moved on. I see what I can do with them, and recycle them for another use. Most of the time, I load some form of Linux on them and give them away to people who just need browsing capabilities an not a lot more.
Recently, I was given a Dell laptop by a colleague. His daughter had moved up - or down - to an Apple and didn't need her Inspiron any more. Since the machine had a Core2 Duos CPU, a pretty big HD and 4 GB RAM, I decided to reset it to it's original state and install Windows 7 Home Premium.
When I entered the product key on Microsoft's site, to download the .iso, I was directed to the manufacturer, because it was a 'pre-installed version'. So, I went to the Dell support site, and after jumping through hoops trying to download the iso, finally I ended up installing the Dell OS Recovery tool on a Windows machine (Dell) I have, but it appeared that there simply isn't a .iso available for this machine! Any more.
Now, I have 2 things to say about that.
1. Why doesn't Dell support a re-installation of a Windows 7 PC any more, while Microsoft still does? Now, this is just a file on a server so I don't understand this. Support from Microsoft for Windows 7 installations is valid 'till january 2020. There are several PCs Dell sold with Windows 7 on it, that do get support, so I don't see why mine doesn't.
2. Dell is pushing me into illegality. In order to re-install my machine with an OS that is still legal to use, on a machine that is mine, I now have to get an illegal copy of the OS DVD. I want to do the right thing, using legal software and so on, but by this policy, Dell is obstructing me from doing that.
I am very disappointed.