Erase & Reinstall...How to on my Dell Laptop?
Question: I have a Dell Inspiron E1505. It's old and has some hard drive issues. I need a basic PC for work, and rather than buy a new one, I want to erase it completely and install the basics, and start over again. I have an external hard drive and the original Microsoft Office software disc. How do I go about backing-up what I want to, which is a very small amount of files maybe a folder or 2, wiping out the computer completely, then reinstalling the operating system, Microsoft office, a web browser, and my software for work? I'm not a PC genius, but do know a thing or two about them, just not how to do what I am asking. Please, can anyone who knows how to do this please explain to me? Thanks! Again, here's what I want to do: Back up a few files. Erase PC completely. Reinstall operating system (pretty sure I do NOT have a disc for that.) Reinstall Microsoft Office ( I DO have the disk for that) Install my work software ( Also have this on disk) I need internet explorer, too Thanks, again.
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1. Reboot, and press Ctrl + F11 together, at the Dell logo. 2. The Dell PC Restore by Symantec screen will come up. 3. Select "Restore" or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter. 4. if you wish to continue, click "Confirm", or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter. 5. When the utility is finished, click "Finish", or use the Tab key to highlight it and press Enter. Or 1. Reboot, and press F8 at the Dell logo. The Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. 2. Select Repair Your Computer and press Enter. 3. Specify the language, and then click Next. 4. Log on to an administrator account, and then click OK. 5. Click Dell Factory Image Restore, then next. 6. Click Yes. "Reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" Click next. 7. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer. ***This will erase all your unsaved data!*** © arou42
just go to Dells website look for drivers link put your model number in and download the audio drivers from there and run. If it has a few try and find the one that says integrated audio if yours is and run that one.
Before you do anything you should back up the files you wish to keep, particularly if you're having hard drive problems. Depending on the size of the files, which sound small, they should fit easily on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or even that external hard drive you mentioned. If you don't want to use Windows to back them up, ImgBurn is an excellent and free disc writing utility which I use myself. Then I would find out what issues your hard drive has. If it's something simple like a driver conflict or you need to upgrade the firmware, those are easy fixes. If it's something more severe like bad sectors or spin-up problems, or even overheating, then you will likely want to replace it. If you search around on sites other than Dell, you should be able to find one for around $50, maybe even less. You can also use Windows chkdsk.exe utility to test the drive for problems. There are other freeware or trialware programs out there that will do the same. If I'm not mistaken, you will not be able to use that external hard drive as your primary, if that is what you're intending. Something to do with the way the OS boots in BIOS. And leaving your operating system and other files on the internal drive, if it is actually failing, will only lead to misery. And unfortunately you are going to need those OS install disks for Windows. There's really no getting around that, not legally anyway. You can actually use the disk to format your hard drive before reinstall as well, ensuring you have a clean drive. If you have your Windows registration key, then you can borrow the disks from someone who has the same version and enter your own key when requested, that would save you going out and buying a new copy. And IE can be downloaded right from Microsoft, for free of course. Hope that helps and good luck!
You should find your drivers here... Technical Support for Latitude D531 http://support.dell.com/support/topics/g...
First copy any thing you want to keep and use later to CD's or external hard drive or a flash drive. You will need a operating system installation or recovery disc set made for the lap top. If you do not have the recovery / system installation disc set order from Dell Customer Support by model and serial number. http://www.support.dell.com Insert recovery disc one into CD/DVD drive, turn off lap top, restart lap top and the system recovery install will start automatically just follow the on screen instructions. How to Install, reinstall, or uninstall Windows http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...
Yes you can. Dell supply windows xp restore cd's with dell pc's BUT THEY NEVER PUT THE DELL DRIVERS ONTO THE DELL XP DISK! So really it is a normal xp disk. And if you want the drivers, go to the HP website.
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