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What do you mean by dying ? It would be senseless to reinstall, eg, if your HD was "dying".
As far as I know, an Install disk is not different for a desktop and Laptop. It will configure the OS based on the hardware you have on the laptop. Backup what you need from the laptop, and have at it.
PS: I am just another user, making a comment & do not work for this forum !
Edited by USN Vet, 30 July 2011 - 11:30 PM.
Feel free to ignore my comment, just another user !
It's not 'dying' as much as getting choked to death. I've got a google redirect infection that is immune to every removal tool I've tried (including TDSS killer, which found nothing), and the company-installed Credant has prevented me from accessing/saving any of my documents, and it (or the virus) is now preventing me from 'cancelling' from downloading programs to my desktop.
I don't mind starting fresh, as Ireally use it just to surf & play games in the living room...I have a big, new desktop nearby. I'd rather have a fully functional unit, but I just want to make sure I can somehow install XP on it.
Some systems have Windows install CDs which do full installs, including PA data...some employ recovery partitions...some employ partitions and discs.
To give valid answers...the appropriate systems would have to be identified...then search the Dell website to see the documentation for said system and determine just how the discs provided...are intended to be used.
Not all discs are equal or intended to be such.
If you have a malware infection...you need to treat that before addressing anything else, IMO.