No this is not a question on instructions as to how to install windows.

My laptop came with genuine Windows 8 installed, but I didn't get a CD. After a few months I installed Ubuntu on it for trial purposes, although I want to go back now. I tried installing Windows 7 on it but the one I have is 32 bit while Dell doesn't provide 32 bit drivers for my laptop model.

I want to install Windows 8 back in a legit manner back on my laptop, is there a download link available and a way to get it activated? My laptop doesn't even have a sticker which tells a product key, it just has a sticker of Windows 8 on it.

It is a Dell Inspiron 14R-5421. Any way available other than the customer care, and will they install it back, I mean I did give money for original Windows though I didn't get a CD.


You laptop might have a sticker on the bottom with Windows License key. You can use that when installing OS.

If there are no stickers and you had Windows 8, then your laptop most likely uses UEFI Secure Boot with license information stored in UEFI partition. For this, you should be able to just install Windows version that you had and Windows should pick-up the license from UEFI partition during setup.

  • All Windows 8 machines must support two things. UEFI and Secure Boot. Additionally Secure Boot must have the ability to be disabled. Both of these are required for an OEM to sell their product with Windows 8 one it. Additionally ALL Windows 8 machines store the license in the BIOS. – Ramhound Apr 15 '14 at 14:48
  • Well the terrible thing is, my brother while installing Ubuntu wiped all partitions :/ – Kartik Anand Apr 15 '14 at 14:48
  • @Ramhound Since wiping all partitions wouldn't have wiped the BIOS, so in a way I can install legit windows 8 right? – Kartik Anand Apr 15 '14 at 14:49
  • @KartikAnand - Your OEM can provide you an installation disk. As indicated the Windows 8 installer will automatically detect the license key. There are other ways to get a Windows 8 installation media just not any I can suggest. – Ramhound Apr 15 '14 at 14:52
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    Take this discussion to Super User Chat, please. Comments are not meant for extended talks. – slhck Apr 15 '14 at 17:21

I would do a factory restore and restore the computers backup image. Once complete you will have a lot of updates to complete.To enter Factory restore is either F12 or F8 before the dell logo

  • And which partition would contain the information for this? One of the wiped ones? – Hennes Jul 12 '16 at 10:45

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