How Do I Reinstall Windows Without A Recovery Partition?
Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:46 AM
Also, even though you can likely use a retail copy, the product id on the PC will not work with Windows XP or better in most cases.
You must have an OEM copy of the OS. You can find them online if you know where to look. It won't be an illegal download because you have the OEM product key, you just need a disk.
I have gone on piratebay and found original OEM images for any version of Windows and used them. Once it asks for the key, then you type in the one on the bottom.
I believe Windows 7 and Windows Vista will allow you to use a retail copy of the disk, but don't count on it. I know XP won't based on my experience.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:51 AM
What probably occurred is that the computer user executed a "FIXMBR" which over-wrote the factory's disk boot record and erased the code that would activate the "restore partition"
To this end, if the restore partition still exists on the disk but cannot be activated normally again,
then there are methods to manually activate the recovery partition and execute a factory restore.
for information on how to do this, go to dell.com forums and look for my threads on this issue.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:41 PM
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:26 PM
Looked there. All I could find is that it's illegal and they won't help anyone do it.