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time to reformat

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by eg6sir, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. eg6sir

    eg6sir Supa Mod Moderator VIP

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    well, its about time to reformat the computer... the thing is, i dont know how.. lol....

    its a Dell i bought in '04 and i dont have any discs that came w/ it... so, i'm not really sure what to do.. any help appreciated, i'm sure this is an easy one for some of you
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    easiest way is to call up dell and shellout for the discs, or download the windows7 RC and start from there :)
     
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    well, i've heard about a System restore.. ctrl+F11 at boot screen.... but i'm not sure
     
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    If it were a normal PC, you'd be in better shape, but with a Dell, you'll spend hours tracking down all the Dell-specific drivers. After spending hours on the phone with tech support, you'll develop a racist prejudice and wish the complete obliteration of India.
     
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    you most likely need the system CDs to do the restore.

    with 7, or even Vista you shouldnt need to track down drivers for a machine that old. it should have WDM drivers.
     
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    I has a Dell Vista dvd... if I can find the cd key, It can be yours.
     
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    eh.. not sure if i want Vista ....
     
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    lol but if its free...
     
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    tru.. lol
     
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    would save you a good 115 bucks man, all i would have to to to send it is pay for a stamp lol
     
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    alrighty.. LMK then
     
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    yeh just gotta pry the key out of my moms unorganised apartment's grip
     
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    get vista and upgrade to windows 7 for 50 bucks. running a early birdy special until sometime mid july.

    vista sp1, soon to be sp2, isnt very bad at all. its windows 7 candied up and optimised a bit.
     
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    I would just install win 7 on it, honestly, it's a free RC and it seems to be pretty stable. If i were due for a format, that's what i would install.

    you need a dvd burner though, as its a dvd, not cd, and obviously you need the physicall disc, as formatting it will kill it.

    amazon does have the 50% off for the real one as a pre-purchase special ($50 for home)
     
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    theres a possibility of it becoming avaible usb. i havent tried it, but cant just make a image and put it on a bootable usb?? im pretty you can do this on linux.
     
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    you can boot 7 install from a usb stick. just gotta prep it properly,and pray your dell boots from that kind of media.
     
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    hmm.. no dvd burner.. i'll see if a buddy of mine can burn it to dvd for me..
     
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    if you get REALLY desperate you could use linux for a little while..
     
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    Straight from yahoo answers:
     
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    straight from the first post in this thread -

     
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