|Microsoft has many different kinds of boot disks available and I'm not sure if something like that is available on their site. However, if you do find one, be sure to download the same version as the one you had previous so you can use the key. |
It wouldn't have to be specific to your computer type no.. an operating system is an operating system, they're not machine specific :)
Dell will most likely be able to sell you a boot disk, however, I am not sure how much that would be. If it turns out to be near or around $100, it might be worth while to just grab a Windows cd itself of newegg as I brought up.
Buying a new computer it honestly sounds like to me is not needed. It honestly sounds like you just need an operating system. So you have a few choices here.. you can check out Microsoft's website and see if they have any downloads you can use to install the OS with, hit up Dell for a boot disk, or purchase a Windows cd.
Jonas "Jackal" Lear
Serving the South Bay Since 1999