Almost every computer that comes with Windows comes with an option to reinstall the operating system.
Usually, this involves placing the restoration tool as a separate partition on the hard drive itself. Others opt for sending consumers an OEM Windows DVD, especially those who are smaller manufacturers.
But what must one do if the hard drive has crashed or due to user error? Worse still, what will you do if you can’t find the DVD itself?
The first thing that you can try to do is contact the vendor you bought the PC from, especially they’re a major one like Dell, Lenovo or even HP. They should be able to send you a replacement DVD or even a flash drive. There might be a charge that comes with such a request, amounting to $90 if it is Dell.
Another option includes borrowing a Windows DVD from a friend or family member. The only thing is it will work only if it is matches the version that you are using for your PC and not just an upgrade disc. In other words, it should be a complete disc.
If you are able to carry out the installation using either of these methods, you’ll have to enter the activation number so as to activate your copy of Windows. It’s always available, and will be on a plate, at the back of your PC or at the bottom of your laptop.
Remember not to use the activation code on the package that your replacement disc came in but your own. It will either fail or will cause your friend a lot of trouble in the process.
That said, and if all else fails, you can switch to Linux if you do not want to buy another retail or OEM copy of Windows.