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Hi, I recently had a laptop with the security center virus on it and wipe the harddrive out . The original Dell CD is now nowhere to be found. What disc do I need to reinstall the operating system, OEM or retail?
If you know someone with a dell laptop about the same age, the xp oem disk of theirs will probably work to reinstall the os. The drivers and utilities disk set probably won't. But you can download the drivers from Dell. If you find one, download the ethernet driver and burn it to a cd or save it on a flash drive before you reload.
If it is a compatible Dell disk it will not ask for a cdkey before activating. If it is not finding the bios it is looking for it might still let you enter the Dell oem key from the sticker at the end of the setup.
If you need help finding the details of your particular Dell post the service tag and we will help point you to what you need.