Dell....

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by rei101, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    A "friend" of mine gave me a Dell Inspiron without OS because some money he owned me. In theory I can go to Dell and download W7. But now I know why he didn't do it...

    What a lack of navigation, dead end roads, and bureaucratic that web site is.

    Oh.. and now I have to pay $127 for W7.

    Once you are on a Mac you never go back.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Is there no product key listed on the bottom of the machine?
     
  3. rei101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but "our database is not working, try again later".
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Give them a call or try again later then.
     
  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Dude, you got a Dell!:p
     
  6. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Ahhh the memories...

     
  7. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Or, the "Dude you got a cell" comments that followed after he was arrested. Sorry going down a rabbit hole on this one lol.
     
  8. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Or you could stop complaining, goto newegg and buy windows 8 for $99 ?
     
  9. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The product key should just be a Windows one. You can use any installer with that, doesn't have to specifically be a DELL disk.
     
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    Off topic, but curious if there is any pressing reason if you are happy with 7 to game, should you consider an upgrade to 8?
     
  11. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    No, no reason that I know of.
     
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    If you put an OEM Windows disc in, it will install without making you enter a CD key. It checks the BIOS for a key and simply uses that. The sticker on the bottom doesn't matter.

    You can even use Dell OEM disk for a Toshiba, but then it'll say that the Toshiba is warranted by Dell :p
     
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    If the machine comes with a product key, just a grab an OEM install. It won't even ask you for the key. Either that or give Dell a call, I'm sure they'll be happy to help.
     
  15. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Dont think theres any really. win 8 is just cheaper if your buying it new.
     
  16. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    The Dell Dude is still working as a bartender / waiter in New York City. Kind of want to track him down and hire him to work our company holiday party. :p
     
  17. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    Reminds me of friends situation. He runs a recording studio.

    A client wanted to trade his Dell Vista laptop for $700 owed on services. We look up the laptop on eBay and it was only worth $50-75 on finished auctions.
     
  18. collinmac macrumors member

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    if you search for Windows 7 direct download, you will find all the isos direct from microsoft, they are totally legitimate.

    you can then use an application to either burn the iso or write the iso to a usb stick.
     
  19. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Well....

    http://www.ihatedell.net

    At least you got the machine for free (I hope).
     
  20. SevenFourSeven macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. I just built my own PC and if you use an OEM version it will ask for the product code that comes in the disk package rather than what's on the side of the machine. Plus, the OEM version costs less than the retail version. The catch is you can only use the OS with that one motherboard (unless you want to call MS and have them give you another key for a new machine, but that's time-consuming and may not work).

    If you've used Windows 8 and are okay with it, go for it instead. It costs the same.
     
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  22. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    There's a problem with that, a ton of Dell's drivers are proprietary and the OP would need to make sure that certain components on his machine will have Dell drivers for Windows 7.

    Case in point, we have Optiplex's at work (and I forget the laptops, latitudes maybe?) and all of their network drivers, graphics drivers, and sound drivers are proprietary from Dell. If you download a newer graphics driver from ATI for example you'll literally have to reimage your machine because not only will the new graphics drivers fail to install, but you won't be able to reinstall the old ones straight from Dell's site either.

    That and some machines have drivers on Dell's site that are 3 and 4 years old with no updates even if the machine itself is newer and just using older hardware.
     
  23. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Stick with Windows 7. Windows 7 is a great OS like Win XP. Win 8 is a terrible OS like Win Vista. With Microsoft every other OS is good or bad--depends on when you start counting.
     
  24. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    This as well. For most users it wouldn't matter but if you do a lot of multitasking Windows 8 (in my opinion) is just a bad OS.

    I think its a bad OS anyway as its really sloppy with the whole "two desktops" thing.
     
  25. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Good point!
     

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