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Xp Repair On Dell


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#1 dc3

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 11:21 AM

Hi all, I have a brother that has a Dell on which he has XP Pro which is getting buggy and I would like to run a system repair but have some questions.

I'm not familiar with Dells, do all of them have a repair partition on the hdd, and if so how do I utilize it?

Can I use the disc that came with the computer to run a repair?

Can I just wipe this hdd and use the disc that came with it to reinstall the XP?

Can I use my retail copy of XP to make the installation on a new hdd and use his product code?

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 11:32 AM

I've seen some Dell's with recovery partitions, but most don't have them. To use it you'd have to locate it through the boot menu and use it from there (try pressing F12 as the system first boots up).

Dells generally come with recovery CD's - and you can use them to do a repair install. The OS CD is usually purple in color - although I've occasionally seen other colors (blue and green come to mind) - but they all say that they're the Operating System disk.

Yes, you can use the Dell CD's to wipe the system and start over. Be sure to install everything from the CD's that you'll need (you can leave out a lot of the add-on stuff if you'd like). It's a tedious process but you'll be able to restore everything including the drivers with it.

You may be able to use your XP CD if it's the proper type of XP (Home, Media Center, Pro) and if it's an OEM CD. If not, it won't accept the product key from the Dell - but the drive will be a new one so you don't have much to lose by trying it. The Dell CD's are preferable tho', as they'll have the drivers that you'll need (where your XP CD won't have them).
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 11:40 AM

Thanks usasma, that's exactly what I needed to know. :thumbsup:

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