How do I obtain a recovery disk for Dell Optiplex 780?

GCT

New Member
Hi,

I have gotten a new hard drive for my Dell OptiPlex 780 desktop as the old one is no longer functioning. What's the best way to get my hands on either a recovery or Windows disk so that it will boot up properly?

I've tried obtaining it from Dell but it seems that they don't want to give it to me. I used the service tag number, I've tried entering the Windows product key to no avail. Also, not sure if I trust sites such as "Recoverycd4u"...

Just want this computer to boot up properly, so please help.
 

GCT

New Member
Thanks for replying. It was running Windows 7. I have the product key (25 numbers and letters).
 

GCT

New Member
Already tried that, gives me the following message.

The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.
Also tried to get a recovery disk on the Dell website and it wouldn't let me do it either. Why do they literally make it impossible to obtain recovery software for old computers?
 

HotSpringSoaker

New Member
I got a Dell Optiplex 780 at the Swap Meet.
It is missing the hard drive.
The COA sticker is torn and unreadable.
Would the Dell Optiplex 780 Recovery Disk work if I try it on the replacement hard drive without the code from the sticker?
Where can I download the Dell Optiplex 780 Recovery Disk?
 
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