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This article describes the process of creating an OS USB Recovery key if you require a recovery image and have downgrade rights to Windows 7 professional. This applies to systems with an Intel 6th generation processor, known as a Skylake chipset.
Intel’s 6th generation processor, known as the Skylake chipset, was developed specifically to run with Windows 10. If, however, you purchased a Skylake system with Windows 7 and require a recovery image (and are not yet ready to move to Windows 10), this specially adapted image is now available.
See the following list for system models compatible with this Windows 7 Skylake image:
|Inspiron Desktop||Inspiron Notebook|
|OptiPlex Desktop||Precision Notebook|
|Precision Workstation||Latitude Notebook|
|3620 MT||12-7202 Rugged|
This Windows 7 image includes USB 3.1 and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) driver support required for Skylake systems, whether you upgraded your operating system to Windows 10 and would like to downgrade again or you require a Windows 7 recovery image to restore your system.
Once you have determined that you have a Skylake system and that you have the appropriate rights, make sure a Dell recovery image is absolutely necessary. Performing an image recovery will erase all data that is not backed up.
Once you determine the Dell IWindows 7 recovery image is right for you, we recommend that you migrate your systems to GUID Partition Table (GPT)/Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS during the reimaging process. GPT partitioning is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Upgrading to this partition will allow you to obtain the best possible support for new hardware while also resolving errors you may encounter while reimaging your system. For more information on GPT partitioning and step-by-step instructions on upgrading, please see How to resolve the "Windows cannot be installed to disk # partition #" error when installing Windows.
See Dell knowledgebase article SLN299044 - How to Download and Use the Dell OS Recovery Image in Microsoft Windows for instructions on using the Dell OS Recovery Tool to create a bootable USB drive with the appropriate OS.
For more information on setting up your new system image see "How to Set Up Your New Dell Windows 7 Computer."
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21 Feb 2021