your own media. I'd imagine that your previous employer owns the license to use that OS and your terminating employment with them means your authorization to use the OS ceases even if you got to keep the laptop. You can check with their IT department and see if they can and will help but I suspect they can't and won't. Perhaps Dell has a software image for that model they can offer at a price but, otherwise, I think you're stuck with the cost and time of starting fresh due to legal issues.
I have an old Dell laptop that I have from my previous job. Although the screen is partly broken, I would still like to use it as a media PC near my TV. The problem is is that it is part of a corporate network so my login credentials are needed. I can login, but when I try to install updates from Windows Updates, it asks for an Administrator's password, something I don't have. Is there any way to remove the corporate log in screen and gain Administrator rights? I have heard of the Dell System Restore that resets the computer to original factory settings. Will I be able to configure the machine as a home computer (without the Control-Alt-Delete login)? I do not mind deleting all of the computer's files (I have them backed up). I have already tried Ophcrack, but it failed to find passwords because of the corporate login. I appreciate your help in advance. Thank you!