I have an Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop that I got about 3 years ago. Well, with all of the crossed files, partial programs, and possible viruses that may be in my computer..... its caused it to slow down a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.
So I think just reformatting and starting over from the beginning is the best option. I have done all I could to remove unwanted files and such but its still slow. In an effort to get it running faster, I actually turned off some of the startup tools (including my restore function on accident), so restoring back to day 1 is out of the question since it deleted all of my previous restore checkpoints up to that date.
Anyways, on to my question. What do I all need to reformat my laptop? I assume I will need a boot disc, Windows XP disc, and drivers disc. I could be wrong but this is how we always reformatted our Dell Dimension 4500 desktop. If this is the case, I will have to get Dell to send me the software since they didn't give me any to begin with.
Am I right about doing this? If not, can someone please explain what I need to do to reformat it and what I will need?
XPS (product red) M1530, A12 bios, Intel C2D T9300, 8 Gb (2x4) G-Skill Ram, 1 Gb Intel TCM, WD 320 7200 rpm hd, Intel 4945 wireless card, Sprint broadband card, bluetooth, x-fi express card, Hp Digital express card tuner, Vista Ultimate x64 sp2
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The only problem that I have when it comes to what you said is Dell didn't give me a Windows XP disc. I only got some kind of word processing disc if I am right.
But from what you are saying, I don't need a reboot disc right? Just Hit F12 when before it starts up and I can do it from there?
I will boot it up and check right quick about the restore partition.
If I do have software that helps me make a new reinstallation cd, do you have any idea where it would be located? I know its not like you can see my laptop but I thought maybe there is a particular place where Dell might put the software.
Ok, no Shft+F11 option there. Tried it and nothing happened.
Oh, can I use the Windows XP disc that came with our Dimension desktop? My computer has Windows XP Media Center Edition so I didnt know if that would cause a problem or not.
Unfortunately my 6000 doesn't come with a restore partition or disc creating software, but I would try looking in Dell folder in your Windows' Start Menu
By the way, you can check whether your notebook comes with a reinstallation CD or system restore partition etc. by checking your notebook's original configuration with your Service Tag (it's actually a packing list of the shipment):
Service Tag can be found on the bottom panel of your notebook
If you see something like "Media CD of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional SP2 (English)", your notebook should have come with a reinstallation CD
Tons of stuff there.
The only things that I see that may be it are:
and a few others.
It doesn't mention anything about a cd.
That's just a description of the Windows it was installed at the factory; description of your Windows reinstallation option (CD, restore partition, etc.) is a separate entry on the list
You can use your Dell desktop's Windows XP CD, but from what you wrote, it looks like your notebook has a Media Center license, so you may end up using an unlicensed Windows if it is a different edition
Best either to get back up discs, or use nlite and a friends Dell xp professional or media centre disc to make your installation disc. Note do not slipstream service pack 3 into media centre edition.
YUse Belarc Advisor to get the volume license key on your machine, copy your friends xp mce to desktop and use nlite to change the code, create an iso file and burn it with roxio, you are allowed to make 1 back-up copy of your cd so it should not voilate your license agreement.
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