Quote Originally Posted by Sbradfield9 View Post
, am I right in thinling that once everything has been wiped I just need a windows 7 installation disc to start again?
yes ,but you will need a win7 activation key to go along with the win7 disk.

If the laptop cam with win8 originally ,have you tried hitting the proper key on bootup [my dells were always f10 or f12] to get to the Dell factory recovery option ,to reinstall win8 back to day you bought it