Of course, you don't have a backup, and can't because the harddrive died. In this case, I would run the backup on a working Dell PC with factory installed Windows 7 Home Premium (desktop or laptop, x86 or x64), and then use that backup to restore activation on the laptop. As long as the brand of PC and edition of Windows is the same, the activation should be restored fine.
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posted: Jul. 5, 2013 @ 1:25p
If I had a Dell PC with Windows 7 Home sitting here I would certainly try that. Unfortunately I don't.
I guess we're back to contacting Dell to get a DVD.
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