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So my friend is selling me his alienware mx14 laptop but...

#1Dragonfire4356Posted 8/3/2014 4:59:30 PM
he doesnt have the formatting CDs. And obviously he wants to wipe his stuff before he sells it for me and id like a fresh install of windows 7. Is there any way to reformat and get a fresh install without the CDs?
#2Lemur_HPosted 8/3/2014 5:00:22 PM
Download Windows, burn it to a DVD, install using the OEM key.
#3Dragonfire4356(Topic Creator)Posted 8/3/2014 5:02:11 PM
Ok cool. That will not give me any problems with activation or anything?

And by OEM im assuming you mean the serial number on the sticker?
#4Lemur_HPosted 8/3/2014 5:04:31 PM
Yes. The sticker will say what version of Windows the key is for. Just make sure you download the correct version. You shouldn't have any issues with the activation.
#5Dragonfire4356(Topic Creator)Posted 8/3/2014 5:05:20 PM
Ok thanks. What kind of DVD would i need? Its like 3 gigs. Would it need more than one?
#6DoramiPosted 8/3/2014 5:06:59 PM
Any standard DVD+R or DVD-R will do. You can also use a USB stick. The USB stick install is faster, and it's easier to modify ei.cfg to match the key version.
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#7Dragonfire4356(Topic Creator)Posted 8/3/2014 5:07:55 PM
But id have to use multiple DVDs right?
#8Lemur_HPosted 8/3/2014 5:08:49 PM
DVD-R and a DVD burner. One DVD-R should be enough. Then you use some free software to burn the ISO to the DVD. Can't remember what I used last time...

Once the DVD is made, you put it in and tell the BIOS to boot off the DVD.
#9PhilOnDezPosted 8/3/2014 5:14:39 PM
Just to confirm, one single layer DVD is enough. I used imgburn to burn the last two discs I made, 32 and 64 bit windows 7.
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#10Dragonfire4356(Topic Creator)Posted 8/3/2014 5:22:46 PM
Stupid question but will the alienware specific stuff work by itself? like the keyboard backlighting and stuff?