loaded kali linux want to go back to windows 7

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FrankMackey6

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Hi,
I loaded kali linux into my dell E5400 laptop. I did not know that windows 7 would be wiped away. I want to go back to windows 7 but dont have original window7 64 disk. I do however have another set of dell windows 7 disk that went to another computer of mine. The set of 3 disks are.... Dell drivers and utilities, (says on disk, "already installed on comp). Dell disk 2 says.. APPLICATION (already installed.....) cyberlink, power DVD and 3 windows 7. '
can I use these disks? will they work. (I cant afford new software right now). and also could I use a HD out of other computer that had the exact same windows 7 disks installed on?
Thank you in advance;
FRANK
 
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Usually Dell discs are customized version of Windows. Don't know if it would work on a regular PC. But if you have the Certificate of Authenticity with the Activation Key ( usually a sticker on the machine) , you can try that disc.

If it doesn't work, you can legally download the Windows ISO DVD image file for Windows 7 from here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/186775/how-to-download-windows-7-8-and-8.1-installation-media-legally/

Then you can burn the ISO image to a DVD using a program like Imgburn, a free utility, from here: http://www.imgburn.com/

A hard drive with Win 7 already installed will not work in another computer, that is because Windows is installed / customized to the CPU and motherboard chip set of that PC.
 

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Frank:

What's the "service tag" number and/or "express service code" number on your Dell Latitude E5400 laptop?

What's the exact version of Windows on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

Do you live in the U.S.A. or in another country?

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