Hi, I have Alien-ware Aurora R4 which needs Win 7 installed again (64bit) ( Hdd failed ) Do I have to use the Dell specific ( which I do not have ) or can I use a standard windows disc ( I have the COA on the machine )
The official solution is to Clean Install Windows 10 TH2 or procure Dell/Alienware Reinstallation Media from Dell. This can be difficult if the systems out of warranty however.
Unofficial solution 1 is to use retail media and then install with the OEM Product key and the call Microsoft to activate by phone. It works but phone activation is tedious...
Unofficial solution 2 is to use retail media, make a Bootable USB, delete the EI.cfg file if necessary and then use the ABR program to reapply Dell OEM System Locked Preinstallation:
Unofficial solution 3 is to procure an Alienware/Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation DVD from eBay.
Unofficial solution 4 is to download a Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation DVD. I've noticed the website GetIntoPC hosts a subset of these .isos and they match the file size of the ones I made.
Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.
You can Download a Windows 10 TH2 .iso, make a Bootable USB and clean install Windows 10 using your Windows 7 OEM product key:
Thanks for the info, but I would like Win 7 ( Win 10 would be last resort ).
So am I guessing right then if 10 would install so would Win 7 using a standard disc...?
You don't need Dell media. You can use any "Home Premium" media (there is also a way to install Home Premium from media labeled with a different version). The only thing Dell media does for you is auto-activate the install, which without, you would need the COA license key to activate (easiest way).
natakuc4Unofficial solution 1 is to use retail media and then install with the OEM Product key and the call Microsoft to activate by phone. It works but phone activation is tedious...
Phone activation is not usually necessary.
natakuc4Unofficial solution 4 is to download a Dell Windows 7 Reinstallation DVD. I've noticed the website GetIntoPC hosts a subset of these .isos and they match the file size of the ones I made.
I'd forget this one. Too risky getting ISO's from disreputable sites.