I am attempting to fix this computer for a friend. A windows system 32 file was corrupted and after attempting safe mode, last known config booting and a repair attempt with no luck I decided to reinstall windows. So the lady that gave me the computer said the Windows Xp disc was already in it. So I booted from CD and installed Windows. Going through the initial setup the CD Key on the sticker did not work. I pulled out to CD to find that it was a CD that she had me use before on another computer. Its and unattended Corporate copy (no idea where she got it). When I tried this first install I did not delete the small (FAT) partition that was already on it, just the NTFS partition. So my questions are
1.) Should I delete this small FAT partition when working with Dells?
2.) Is the CD Key on the sticker a standard OEM Key or a Dell specific key?
3.) If the key is a standard OEM and I install from an OEM disc can I get all the Dell drivers from the website or do I have to find the actual CD's that came with the computer.
You guys have never let me down
Thanks for any help.
Edited by jon51, 01 November 2009 - 04:32 PM.