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#1 oldcorpsgunny

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 03:42 PM

:thumbsup: My wife ordered a Dell laptop from QVC; when it arrived it had a lot of pre-installed applications and some CDs with the usual give-aways. Unfortunately it did not include an installation disk for Windows XP Home. While the OS was pre-installed, I can't help but wonder what to do if ever I need to reinstall the OS; I had to do that on my desktop when the registry got corrupted. The online manual from Dell just says use System Restore (which is fine if System Restore is accessible). I find it inconceiveable that a manufacturer would not include a backup disk of the OS for emergencies. :flowers:

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:04 PM

One more thing they can charge you for when you need it. I would call Dell and order a set of disk. It's better to have them and never need them, than need them and not have them.
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:12 PM

I have seen a few Dell machines that come with a recovery partition....usually hidden. It will often contain a copy of windows and all of the necessary drivers for the stock hardware in the box. They may be suggesting you use system restore if they have integrated the access to this hidden partition with the system restore feature. if so, you may get a warning about suspicious scripts from your antivirus when you try to use it. I would still order the discs....they don't have an answer when you ask what to do if the drive fails and you can't recover your "emergency" copy of windows from the partition.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:16 PM

Right. If you press F8 at boot, besides the usual Windows options, you'll see a recovery option. They don't include restore disks to costs low.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 06:37 PM

just another scam by microsoft and computer companies to steal your money... :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 06:49 PM

Free market. If you like Windows applications but don't want Windows. Learn Linux and use WINE.

http://www.winehq.com/






Edit: Misspelled words. ~acklan~

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 07:26 PM

:thumbsup: My wife ordered a Dell laptop from QVC; when it arrived it had a lot of pre-installed applications and some CDs with the usual give-aways. Unfortunately it did not include an installation disk for Windows XP Home. While the OS was pre-installed, I can't help but wonder what to do if ever I need to reinstall the OS; I had to do that on my desktop when the registry got corrupted. The online manual from Dell just says use System Restore (which is fine if System Restore is accessible). I find it inconceiveable that a manufacturer would not include a backup disk of the OS for emergencies. :flowers:


Here is a document from Dell on how to create an OS CD:

Dell OS CD

Hope this is of some help to you.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 06:32 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks to all who have offered the good advice. Barb, I will definitely check out the Dell document (I assume it will be on a Dell support site).

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 08:55 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks to all who have offered the good advice. Barb, I will definitely check out the Dell document (I assume it will be on a Dell support site).


Just click on the link I gave you and you will have it. Yes the document is on the Dell support site.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 11:16 PM

just another scam by microsoft and computer companies to steal your money... :thumbsup:


And exactly what does Microsoft have to do with Dell not giving you an appropriate system disk?

Personally, I would not buy a computer that didn't come with a full operating system disk, and that's why I build my own, but most users are not computer literate enough to know that - until problems arise.

If you hate Microsoft, which it is obvious that you do, why not write your own operating system or use Linux, and, of course, build your own computer instead of buying one already assembled?

Personally I am grateful to Microsoft for enabling the proliferation and advancement of computer technology enabled because of the availability of Windows and truthfully do not understand the hatred which seems to be driven by jealousy some seem to have.

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 02:03 AM

Hi there,

I recently purchased a dell as well, and you may or may have not noticed a graphic in the shape of a CD like the one below. This, or something very familiar to it is included with all the other paper that comes with a new Dell, you can order the discs for $10 or as the image suggests, use the PC Restore software to return it to it's original state.


Posted Image



Here is also a useful link that talks about this subject:

CNet Consumer Alert October 2005


Hope this sheds some light,

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