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Installing Windows 7 on new hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by HolyAtheist, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. HolyAtheist

    HolyAtheist Thread Starter

    Dec 6, 2011
    Hello all, I have a Dell Studio 1558 which recently had a hard rive error code 2000 I think. I had to replace it today. Replacement went smoothly I think, but now that Im trying to install the operating systems I ran into a roadblock and need some help.

    Some background info: I brought the laptop directly from Dell.com, used the Drivers and Utilities CD which apparently it says it also has the OS for my laptop. Will I need to buy a Windows 7 premium or something or am I just doing something wrong?Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  2. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    The Drivers ad Utility disc usually does not contain the operating system. What is usually on that disc is what it says, the required drivers for the laptop and utilities normally installed on the computer from the factory. Is the computer booting to the Drivers disc? what message do you get when you try to boot to the CD? BTW Windows 7 would not be on a CD, but rather a DVD disc.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    If you have an incomplete set of disc, Dell's generally have a recovery partition and require the end user to make a set of recovery disc or give the option to order a set of discs. If you don't have the required discs the you should order them from Dell for a small fee rather then buy a copy of Windows.
  4. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    If you do not have a disc labled "Dell Reinstallation Disc", You can request a replacement instalation disc here:
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