Most of the dell users don’t know much about the dell recovery partition and its use. When virus infects your computer, partitions gets corrupted or while facing any problem with the current operating system, surely you need to restore your Windows. Before re-installing Windows 7, you need to verify your computer has recovery partition or not. If your dell system has recovery partition, then you don’t have to purchase again a genuine Windows operating system as it has a copy of the Windows for reinstallation.

This guide will help you to re-install your Windows 7 with simple steps.

How to reinstall Windows 7 from Dell Recovery Partition?

Step 1: Restart your computer, Press and hold the F8 key to get access to Advanced Boot Options menu.
(If you didn’t find the boot menu while restarting, then you need to wait until the Windows logo appears on the screen. After that please restart dell system and try again.)

Step 2: Using the arrow key, select Repair My Computer and click on Enter button to get into Windows Recovery Environment.

Step 3: Then the system recovery window appears, click on Next button. Select a keyboard input method will be default US option. (don’t forget to login as administrator).

Step 4: From the new window, select the Dell DataSafe Restore & Emergency Back-Up feature. Then, you will be directed to another window. Here please choose Select other System Back-up and more options and click on the Next button.

Step 5: Select Restore my computer and press next. Choose the factory image and go to next button.

Step 6: Choose the option Restore without preserving new or changed files and press the next button.

Step 7: You will be directed to another window which gives an instruction about restoring and discussing about data loss after restoring computer. Please select Yes and click on Next button to continue.

Step 8: Once the restoring process is completed, you will get a Restart button. Please click on it.

What if Dell recovery partition is not present?

If your Dell recovery partition is not there, you need to purchase Windows OS. For purchasing Windows operating system, you can contact an authorized dealer or you can download it from Microsoft website. You need to pay a reasonable amount to Microsoft for using the operating system. Most of the people will go to the local shops and they will install cracked version of Windows. If you are using cracked version of Windows operating system, you will not be eligible to get support from Microsoft. So I suggest you to use genuine Windows operating system.


Before re-installing operating system, you need to ensure that you are following the instructions listed below:

  • Backup – Take proper backup of your important files to ensure file safety. Once you reinstall the Windows operating system, all the existing data in your dell system will be completely wiped out.
  • Multiple Backup – If you are using multiple backup, it will helps you when you lose one backup file.
  • Use Recovery Partition - If your computer has Recovery Partition, don’t purchase the operating system again instead, reinstall the operating system using Recovery Partition.
  • Don’t delete Recovery Partition – You should be careful while handling the drive partitions. If you delete the Recovery Partition, then after you won’t be able to reinstall the operating system using the Recovery Partition.