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I bought a laptop with 64-bit windows pre-installed on it. It came with no windows disk. Is it possible to re-install windows on the laptop without having to go out and buy another disk/licence as this can be costly? I do have another windows disk however i have already used the licence for it.

asked Jan 30 '12 at 15:02

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Before you go that route, I'd check for a hidden restore partition. Most computer manufacturers started doing this, instead of providing install disks. Some drivers are specific to special buttons & features, so a clean install would not include them.

answered Jan 30 '12 at 15:15

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how would i find this?

(Jan 30 '12 at 15:22) Zorbeen98 Zorbeen98's gravatar image
  • Backup your stuff.
  • Reboot your computer.
  • Select the Recovery Option ...
(Jan 30 '12 at 15:44) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image


Download [removed due to talks of things that may break the rules]

It is what I do on laptops as removing the preinstalled crap is boring :P

answered Jan 30 '12 at 15:06

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edited Jan 30 '12 at 16:41

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hm i don't like that website... :p I already have a windows disk, where's my key?

(Jan 30 '12 at 15:09) Zorbeen98 Zorbeen98's gravatar image

My computer, Right click Properties. You will see.

(Jan 30 '12 at 15:16) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

If you have Windows 7, you won't see the key. You would see an OEM key. You'd have to download Speccy, it'll show you your key.

(Jan 30 '12 at 17:13) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

yes look for the factory image if there is one boot the laptop and press the button to restore your computer to factory condition.

answered Jan 30 '12 at 15:31

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there is always a restoration partitian built in, to run the restoration program you need to locate the recovery program in the start menu, it will be in a folder with the companys name, eg HP, Lenovo, Packard bell etc.

There will be a restoration program in this folder for you to either create restoration discs (make sure there good discs as you only get 1 copy, i always leave mine on the drive rather than create discs or run the restoration program.

answered Jan 30 '12 at 16:01

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Not unless you have business Dells!

(Jan 30 '12 at 17:17) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

You can use the Windows disc that you have as long as it is the same version of Windows and that you use the key on the bottom of your laptop.

answered Jan 30 '12 at 21:33

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Last updated: Jan 30 '12 at 21:33