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loaded kali linux want to go back to windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FrankMackey6, Jan 29, 2015.

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  1. FrankMackey6

    FrankMackey6 Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. lunarlander

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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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